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- Country of Origin: Panama
- Region: Piedra Candela
- Variety: Geisha
- Process: Natural
- Elevation: 4540 - 4700 feet
- Scoring: 93.63
- Tasting Notes: Citrus, Jasmin, Dried Fruits, Medium Acidity, Hight Sweetness, Clean
What's so unique about the Elida Geisha Natural?
This is the exact Elida Geisha Natural lot that won first place and set a world record price of $803 per pound at the Best of Panama coffee competition. There were only 100 lbs. for the world. Most went to Japan, China and Taiwan while Klatch Coffee secured the only Elida Geisha Natural for all of North America. Geisha is a rare variety of Arabica coffee that came to Panama from a research lab in Costa Rica but has its origins in Ethiopia. It is known for its floral, tea like and stone fruit flavors with Jasmine, Bergamot, Sugar Cane and Stone Fruit (peach or apricot) being common flavor notes. Natural describes the processing where the cherry is dried fruit on for many weeks, imparting mixed fruit notes like strawberry, raspberry, or blueberry.
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, Bourbon, and Geisha. The farm has been owned by the Lamastus family since 1918. Because of the very high elevations where the Estate Reserve is grown, coffee is slow to mature and later to ripen and be harvested.