Panama Elida Estate Catuai Natural ASD
Cup Characteristics: Intense, concentrated coffee fruit tastes, with flavors of guava, red grape, pineapple, lychee, mango, ripe berries and red wine. A long lasting finish.
$32.99 per pound
We have offered coffee from Panama Elida Estate for several years, and 2019 is no exception. This exceptional lot is a Catuai Natural ASD (Anaerobic Slow Dry), the first of its kind we have ever offered.
Elida Estate has been run by the Lamastus family for four generations, starting in 1918 when the founder of the farm, Robert Lamastus, bought property along the Baru Volcano. There are three farms in the Lamastus family: Elida Estate, El Burro Estate, and Luito Geisha Estate. With elevations between 5500 and 8200 feet above sea level, Elida is the highest coffee farm in Panama, although coffee is only grown between 5600 and 6200 feet. A large part of the farm is a dedicated ecological reserve area in Volcan Baru National Park, a world heritage site.
Bob, Wilford Lamastus (owner of Elida), Barry
Elida made headlines late last year at the Best of Panama competition, where two of their coffee lots broke world records for the highest prices paid for coffee (per pound). Their Geisha Green Tip Washed sold for $661.00/lb at auction, and their Geisha Green Tip Natural sold for a whopping $803.00/lb. While prices in previous years were lower, the Lamastus family has had an impressive showing in the Best of Panama competitions; at least one lot from their farms has qualified since 2005, and usually they have more than one listed. In the 2019 Best of Panama competition, Elida Estate won first place in two categories, Natural and Washed Geisha, and again broke records when their Natural Geisha sold for $1029.00/lb. at auction. Willoughby's was a buyer of this coffee which will be sold via a private offering due to the extremely small quantity that we won at auction and its high price. If you have interest in that Geisha Green Tip Natural please fill out the form on this linked page.
Wilford Lamastus, owner of Elida 2015
This lot is 100% Catuai, a varietal developed in the mid-twentieth century. Catuai is a cross between the Mondo Novo and Caturra varietals, both of which were created by selective cross-breeding programs. Mondo Novo was the result of combining Bourbon and Typica varietals, and Caturra is a combination of two Red Bourbon mutations. ASD (Anaerobic Slow Dry) is a relative newcomer to the coffee processing game; at Elida Estate the coffee is picked from the trees and immediately transfered to an airtight container. The coffee sits for 5 days undisturbed, before the bag is opened and the coffee sorted and picked over. Unlike traditional washed and natural processes, ASD coffee has an elongated drying time in an unusual location. Wilford Lamastus sends most of his coffee down to the lower altitudes on his farm to dry, usually for 10-20 days, but this lot is dried up in the higher reaches of the farm for over forty days, until it reaches the correct moisture content. This unique processing system creates coffees with previously unseen coffee cherry flavors and intensity.
Wilford Lamastus describes the Anaerobic Slow Dry "ASD" process
Handmade wooden trays used for drying natural and honey coffees
- Province: Chiriqui
- District: Boquete
- Township: Los Naranjos
- Altitude: 5600-6200 feet above sea level
- Coffee variety: Catuai
- Processing: Natural ASD
- Farm: Elida Estate