Finca Lerida, Panama
ORIGIN :Panama - Chirqui, Boquete
ROASTING: Omni Roast (for filter and espresso)
PRODUCER : Finca Lerida Coffee Estate
ALTITUDE : 1850 - 1900 meters
VARIETY : Pacamara
PROCESS : Natural
FLAVOR NOTES : Strawberry | Figs | Lime | Funk | Citric acid | Medium body | High sweetness
Finca Lerida is a farm with a rich and unique history. Its founder, Tollef B. Monniche, came to Panama from Norway in 1907 to work as an engineer on the Panama Canal. Tollef retired in 1924, and bought a small farm in Boquete, Panama with his wife - the property was called "Lerida" after the city in Spain. He built a house on the property and went to work planting coffee trees as well as fruits and vegetables. He built a dam on the farm, to provide water to the coffee processing plant there, and also developed and patented a device, called the "Sifon" to separate ripe cherries from unripe ones. This device is still in use today, not only at Finca Lerida but also on coffee farms worldwide.
Today, Finca Lerida is run by the Chiari family, who coordinate coffee growing with surrounding rainforest preservation. It also houses an eco-tourism hotel, where patrons can take tours of the farmland and enjoy the ambiance of the rainforest. The farm sits at an altitude of 1600 – 2000m above sea level and grows Caturra, Catuai, and Geisha varietals, which are processed several ways.
This coffee was roasted by Bogdan Georgescu - world coffee roasting champion and Romanian national champion.