The Lamastus Family Estate has accrued the most Best of Panama awards to date. They won the Producer of the Year Award in 2022. This followed their two peat victories in 2018 for the Washed Geisha category and in 2019 for both Washed and Natural.
Lamastus Family Estates is a coffee company founded in 1918 by Robert Lamastus. They have evolved with the times under the leadership of Robert's son Thatcher, grandson Wilford Sr., and great-grandson Wilford Jr. and have accrued the most BOP awards to date.
Their four farms are Elida, El Burro, Luito, and Sendero. Each one benefits from discrete microclimates, which together with variety, are primarily responsible for the intricacies and flavor potential of their coffees.
Elida Estate is the original and flagship farm. It is also the company's headquarters, where the family spends most of their time and where Wilford Sr. would be found working every day. It was named as a tribute to the Lamastus family matriarch, Elida, who single-handedly raised her children and took charge of all farm operations after her husband Robert passed away in the early 1930s. It would take almost two decades before any of her children would be able to assist.
About half of Elida Estate is located within the Volcan Baru National Park, one of Central America’s highest volcanoes, which is also a protected ecological reserve and sanctuary for exotic flora and fauna.
Among the Estate’s unique world conditions are: high elevation, volcanic soils, low temperatures, beneficial microorganisms, mist during the dry season, and virgin-native cloudy rain forest surrounding the coffee trees. The low night-time temperatures allow for protracted ripening of the coffee cherries, which help make them healthier and the resulting coffee beans sweeter.