Panama Elida Estate Catuai Natural ASD
Cup Characteristics: Aromas of black cherry, pipe tobacco, and chocolate. Flavors of black currant, and candied apple. A bold and complex cup.
$32.99 per pound
This is a special Anaerobic Slow Dry (ASD) process of Elida's well known Catuai Natural. Supply is very limited. We purchase this coffee as Direct Trade, right from the producer and it arrives to our warehouse in vacuum packed boxes. The ASD process takes select coffee cherries, then places them into an airtight environment where the macerate in their own juices intensifying fruit flavors. The coffee is then dried over a considerably extended period of time adding further intensity and maturation. Elida is at the experimental forefront of coffee excellence in Panama and we offered this coffee for the first time in 2019, we think the first offering from the farm. Our relationship with the Lamastus family, owners and producers of Elida Estate, have spanned many years and we consider them among our friends.
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.
Elida made headlines a few years ago 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. The 2020 Auction saw Elida place in the top ten of several categories; one Catuai Natural ASD lot placed #6 in the Traditional Natural category.
Wilford Lamastus, owner of Elida in 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
- Province: Chiriqui
- District: Boquete
- Township: Los Naranjos
- Altitude: 5600-6200 feet above sea level
- Coffee variety: Catuai
- Processing: Natural ASD
- Farm: Elida Estate
Handmade wooden trays used for drying natural and honey coffees
Bob, Wilford Lamastus (owner of Elida), Barry (taken 2007)