Panama Finca Lerida 'Moi' Honey
Cup Characteristics: Beautiful floral with ripe, sweet melon. Hot cocoa. Piquant, jasmine-floral notes with considerable nuances of ripe fruit. Very sweet. Aromas of honeysuckle and violets. Consistent throughout the temperature range as it cools. A terrific, unusual cup showing great care in processing technique. Pronounced fruit intensity for a honey processed coffee.
Final offering of the season for this coffee. Finca Lerida is a farm with a rich and unique history. The farm was first established in 1924 when Tollef B. Monniche, a retired engineer, moved to the farm after working on the Panama Canal. After moving to the land with his wife he soon developed the first coffee plantation by gravity in Panama. In 1929 the farm exported it's first shipment of coffee to Germany, the beginning of a successful operation out of Finca Lerida. In addition he designed and patented the "sifon", a device used to separate good beans from defective ones. This device is now used globally by many coffee farms and is still in use at Finca Lerida where Monniche's original processing plant remains to produce excellent quality coffee.
Presently, Finca Lerida is managed by the Chiari family who coordinates the coffee growing as well as preserves the virgin rainforest that surrounds the farm. Located in the Chiriqui region of Boquete, the farm sits at an altitude of about 1600-1800 meters (5250-6020 feet) above sea level. The coffee varieties grown on the farm are Caturra and Catuai and processing includes both traditional washed as well as honey processing, all coffees are sun dried on patios. This lot of coffee comes from a plot of land on the farm called "Moi" and is a honey processed Catuai.
Today the coffee farm is part of a hotel and tourist attraction that allows patrons to take tours of the farm and enjoy the ambiance of the rainforest and other beautiful surroundings. From it's humble beginnings Finca Lerida is a real success story with great coffee to prove it.
City: Jaramillo Los Naranjos
Region: Boquete, Chiriqui Farm
Elevation: 1850 - 1900 meters
Processing Method: Honey (partial removal of mucilage), sun dried on patio
New crop coffees from Finca Lerida are expected to arrive mid-August 2018.