Panama Elida Estate Reserve
Just awarded 91 points in Coffee Review (August 2012 issue), joining our 95 rating for this same coffee in 2007.
Fans of this Elida Estate will not be disappointed with the vibrant, complex flavors available in this current crop,
which arrived, protected in Grainpro bags, in July. Elida Estate Reserve has been a perennial favorite at
Willoughby's and we have offered it over the course of several years. This is a "Direct Trade" coffee and we have
built a terrific relationship with the grower that has now spanned years.
Elida Estate is located in the Volcan Baru National Park near Boquete. The farm is about 65 hectares (160
acres), 30 of which are planted with coffee trees; it produces about 400 60 kg bags annually. Elida coffee is grown
at an altitude of between 5500 and 6000 feet above sea level, the highest level at which coffee is grown in Panama.
In fact, Elida is one of the two highest coffee farms in Panama. Varietals grown are Catuai and Bourbon, with some
Geisha planted within the past few years. The Estate Reserve is 100% Catuai. The farm uses traditional washing
methods, and coffee and is completely sun dried. The farm has been owned by the Lamastus family since 1918. Because
of the very high elevations where the Especial Reserve is grown, coffee is slow to mature and later to ripen and be
harvested. A few years ago, while there for a Best of Panama competition, Wilford Lamastus gave us a tour of his
family's farm. It was amazing that in mid April trees at the highest elevations still had coffee cherries yet to be
Separately, we have a small amount of Elida Estate Natural, the same coffee processed without washing, whereby the
entire cherry is dried slowly, then milled. Try them both to see what difference processing makes in the resulting
Bob, Wilford Lamastus owner of Elida center, Barry
Quantity of this coffee is quite limited.
Characteristics: First impressions of Elida are a delicate, floral aroma in both ground and brewed forms.
In the cup, it is very bright, with piquant acidity and fruity, melon-like sweetness with hints of chocolate and
berries. It has medium/heavy body with a long, very smooth finish. This is truly an extraordinary and satisfying