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Panama Lerida Natural
by Klatch Coffee
REGION: Alto Quiel
FARM: Lerida Estate
ALTITUDE: 1,700 M
FARMER: Chiari Family
In the cup this coffee offers notes of raspberry, butter, and vanilla pairing a silky-creamy body with a prominent bright flavor of apricot as it cools.
Finca Lerida is located 10 minutes away from central Boquete. At the end of his work as a Panama Canal engineer in 1924, the Norwegian Tollef Mönniche and his wife Julia purchased and moved to Finca Lerida. In the coming years, he invented and patented the “sifon”, a device designed separate “floaters” from the rest of the harvest. This device is now is used worldwide by many coffee plantations, and the original machine is still in use at Finca Lerida where Mönniche’s old processing plant continues to process coffee of excellent quality. In 1929, Finca Lerida exported its first shipment of Panamanian coffee to Germany. This founded Panama’s reputation as a country where high quality coffee was produced. IAC’s Lerida Estate coffees encompass a wide range of cup characteristics; each lot on offer is wildly different, but all display equally high quality and clarity of flavor.
The Lerida Estate is currently managed by The Chiari Family, who maintain the proper husbandry of the shrubs, protect the exuberant virgin rainforest around the farm, and run a resort hotel and outdoor sports program on the estate. This mix of incomes allows the farm to focus on quality as well as protecting the rich biodiversity of the property. It is home to more than 550 different species of birds, making it an ideal and accessible place for bird watching in the highland region of Chiriqui.
Currently, the farm harvests Caturra, Catuai, and Geisha varietals. In the past decades it has consistently received high honors for quality and taste. Below, some of the various awards earned by the Lerida Estate.