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
Last year was the first time we offered this exceptional and limited production lot of Panama Elida Catuai Natural ASD (Anaerobic Slow Dry). It is the same fine Elida Natural with two extra processes to intensify flavors. One is taking freshly harvested, fully ripe coffee cherries and placing them in an airtight tank for 5 or 6 days during which time they stew in their own fruit juice. The other is then allowing those same cherries to dry very slowly over a period of approximately 40 days. Combined, the inherent sweet, fruity flavors, already native to the beautifully grown Elida coffee cherries, are further emboldened. The result is a more powerful fruity coffee with pedigree.
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.
Wilford Lamastus, Sr and Jr
Elida made headlines in 2019 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 (Anaerobic Slow Dry)
- Farm: Elida Estate