What a treat we have for you today. Since our first encounter with Lucas from Malatto Coffee, we've been fortunate to enjoy some outstanding coffee's from Panama, specifically Santamaria Estate, eventually featuring a lot during September 2022.
Words by Malatto Coffee:
The Santamaría Estate Coffee farm is located in Paso Ancho, Tierras Altas District,
Province of Chiriquí, Republic of Panama. The lowest point of the farm planted with
coffee is 1564 m.a.s.l. while the highest point reaches up to 1946 m.a.s.l. The total
farm area is 120 ha of which currently 60 ha are planted with coffee of varieties
Caturra, Typica or Criollo and Geisha. The soils have special volcanic characteristics
and together with certain amount of rainfall per year and varieties of high quality
Arabica coffee produce coffee beans that have very special aroma, acidity and body.
The farm produces specialty coffee of high altitude (from 1564 to 1946 m above
sea level). The coffee produced at this height is of excellent quality, and it has all the
characteristics to be graded as specialty coffee SHB (Strictly Hard Bean) on the international market.
The coffee was cupped by local and international specialists and green label
characterized by its distinctive aroma, flavour and body, meanwhile the cup profile
showed chocolate notes, with a medium to high acidity and a pleasant aftertaste.
The farm is looking to apply environmentally friendly agricultural practices for
example applying organic agricultural products and in green label it is not allowed to
apply insecticides, cut the trees and hunt. In addition, the farm keeps certain areas
as a forest reserve with sources of crystalline potable water that provide water to
cooperating families and also to the ecological processing plant.