Producer: Lamastus Family Estates Location: Panama Highland, BVNP Variety: Geisha Process: Washed Altitude: 1,670 - 1,850 masl CropYear: 2022
The Lamastus Family Estates is a group of farms that were founded by Robert Lamastus in 1918 Amado Boutet in 1925 and Luito Lamastus in 2014. It is a group of four estates named Elida Estate, El Burro Estate, and Luito Geisha. All the farms are located in different areas of the highlands of Boquete, Panama, making each one different from the other for its unique microclimate and microorganisms surrounding them and the terroir.
Around half of the Elida Estate farm is located within one of the highest volcanoes in Central America at 3,475m/12,475 feet, with an area of 14,000ha and 7 different climate zones depending on the elevation, called the Volcan Baru National Park, a protected ecological reserve and sanctuary for exotic plants, birds, butterflies, and mammals. Elida obtained all the benefits from the National Park growing coffee in these attributes with elevations ranging from 1670/5,550ft up to 2060+masl/6,760ft, making it one of the most unique conditions in the world for coffee production.
Among Elida's unique world conditions are high elevation, volcanic soils, unique microclimate, low temperatures, microorganisms beneficial to coffee, unique yeasts, fungi, fog and mist during the dry season, virgin-native cloudy rain forest surrounding the coffee trees, low temperatures at nights (in the highest part in occasions below 10 C/50F) which elongates the production period and of the tree and the ripening of the fruit which is a crucial attribute for the development of the bean. Having these attributes makes a cup distinctive. Coffee quality is directly related to the elevation where the coffee is grown, the higher you grow it, the better the quality, nevertheless you can only go so high because, at cold temperatures below 10C/50F for long periods, the trees won’t produce coffee.