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Specialty Coffee Farms In Panama

Boquete, Panama is world-renowned for its award-winning specialty coffee. Grown on the side of Volcan Baru, the unique micro-climates in Boquete, together with the rich volcanic soil and “bajareque” offer the ideal growing conditions for specialty coffee.

In 2014 we began acquiring farms strategically located around Boquete, with clusters of farms in Palmira and Volcancito, Horqueta, and Jaramillo. The same varietal of coffee grown in each of these locations, with different altitudes and climates, will have different, unique flavor profiles.

Having farms located in clusters also makes logistical sense for the workers who live on and manage the farms and for logistics during planting and harvest season.
Producing Farms
Development Farms
Most of our Producing Farms were pre-existing coffee farms when we acquired them. However, they were abandoned by their previous owners. We applied our "Art of Coffee Science" and rehabilitated these farms into Specialty Coffee farms. In some cases, the trees were older and past their peak production so we replaced them with new saplings from our Coffee Saplying Nursery. We systematically replace the trees in this manner so as the cycles come and go the entire farm will eventually have all new trees at the peak of their production cycle. 

Cuatro Caminos

8.3 Acres
1,350 Meters Altitude
100% Planted
Coffee Available Now
Varietals:
Catuai

Loma de los Cedros

18 Acres
1,500 Meters Altitude
100% Planted
Coffee Available Now
Varietals:
Catuai, Geisha, Typica, Bourbon

Doña Linda

12.5 Acres
1,450 Meters Altitude
100% Planted
Coffee Available Now
Varietals:
Catuai

Horqueta 1

23 Acres
1,500 Meters Altitude
100% Planted
Coffee Available Now
Varietals:
Geisha, Typica, Caturra, Pacamara

Horqueta 2

23 Acres
1,700 Meters Altitude
100% Planted
1st Harvest Cycle: 2020-2021
Varietals:
Geisha, Catuai, Typica

Horqueta 3

16 Acres
1,580 Meters Altitude
100% Planted
1st Harvest Cycle: 2020-2021
Varietals:
Catuai, Pacamara

La India

42 Acres
1,700 Meters Altitude
100% Planted
1st Harvest Cycle: 2019-2020
Varietals:
Caturra, Typica, Catuai, Geisha
Our Development Farms were raw land  that we acquired. Each of these farms possesed the right attributes for Specialty Coffee growing. Lots of work has been done on these farms from creating access roads, building housing for farm workers residing on the farms, farm design, and planting.

Jaramillo 8Ha

20 Acres
1,500 Meters Altitude
Planted
1st Harvest Cycle: 2022-2023
Varietals:
Caturra, Typica, Catuai, Geisha

Jaramillo 12Ha

30 Acres
1,800 Meters Altitude
Planted
1st Harvest Cycle: 2022-2023
Varietals:
Caturra, Typica, Catuai, Geisha

Jaramillo 14Ha

35 Acres
1,650 Meters Altitude
Planted
1st Harvest Cycle: 2022-2023
Varietals:
Caturra, Typica, Catuai, Geisha

Jaramillo 37Ha

92 Acres
1,800 Meters Altitude
Planted
1st Harvest Cycle: 2023-2024
Varietals:
Geisha, Typica

Specialty Coffee Varietals

Geisha

Geisha is a tall tree and the new leaves or buds can be green and/or bronze. This is a low yield tree with high quality. Currently, considered one of the best in the coffee world. This tree is tolerant to coffee leaf rust but susceptible to nematodes and coffee berry disease.

Panamanian Geisha is an exotic coffee with unique jasmine aroma, peach flavor and refreshing acidity. This is one of the most expensive coffees sold in the Specialty Coffee market.

Currently, we have planted 29,600 plants and in the nursery 3,213 seedlings.

Catuai

Catuai is a hybrid plant derived from crossing the Mundo Novo and Caturra varietals from Brazil.

Phenotypically, it is a dwarf and compact plant. The lateral branches form a closed angle with the main stem and it has short internodes. The new leaves or buds are green, the adult leaves have a rounded shape and are bright. Due to its structure, Catuai are plants that are very resistant to the wind and strong rains.

In terms of quality, Catuai is a very versatile coffee with a sweet characteristic.

Caturra

Caturra is a natural mutation of the Bourbon variety.

Phenotypically, it is a dwarf tree with a thick stem with few main branches but with abundant secondary branches and short internodes. The leaves are large and broad. The new leaves and buds are green.

In terms of quality, it is recognized by its well-pronounced acidity related to citric or lemony flavor notes. As with many other varietals, Caturra’s flavor notes can be improved by managing a good fertilization program.

Currently, the majority of our Caturra is in a young stage, expected to be producing in three years.

Bourbon

Bourbon is considered by many as a varietal of its own.

Phenotypically, this is recognized as a tall tree, with broad leaves and relatively small fruits. The tree shows a slight conical shape compared to Typica. It has more abundant branches with a narrower angle and the new leaves are green. This tree has a wider leaf than typical with wavier edges. Because of its tall size, it is more susceptible to strong winds which makes it necessary to be planted in suitable areas.

This varietal is recognized by its bright acidity, with a winey and sweet aftertaste.

Currently, less than 1% of our producing trees are Bourbon, but we have 5,000 seedlings in our nursery to be planted.

Typica

Typica is considered for many as the main Arabica coffee varietal.

Typica is a tall tree with a conical shape and branches that create a 50 – 70 degree angle towards the vertical stem. The first leaf is bronze color, and has long internodes. This plant has a low yield potential, very high susceptibility to coffee leaf rust but produces high quality beans.

All the efforts to invest in planting Typica are rewarded by an excellent cup profile. Depending on the altitude you can find Typica coffees with intense acidity, floral notes and very sweet aftertastes.

Currently, we have less than 1% of Typica coffee in production.  43,538 young plants have been planted and 23,137 seedlings are in our nursery.

Pacamara

Pacamara is a cross between Maragogype and Pacas which originated in El Salvador.  This is a plant of small size, short internodes and high productivity, with fruits and large leaves of the Maragogype type. The cherries are big and the seeds are large and oval in shape.

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