Farm: Finca Santa Teresa
Altitude: 1,500 MASL
Certification: Direct Trade
Cupping Notes: White Grape, Mandarin Orange, Pear
Box Size: 15K
Finca Santa Teresa (FST) is a coffee farm and mill nestled high in the cloud forest near the Volcán Barú; Panama’s highest peak, adjacent to La Amistad National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Farm occupies 237 acres of stunning forest between 1400-1900m above sea level.
A regular finalist in the Best of Panama competition, with more than a dozen awards in the last decade, FST produces a range of premium specialty coffees, including Gesha, Caturra, Catuai and Pacamara varietals.
The Farm’s terroir – rich volcanic soils, high altitude, weather systems driven by the Pacific and Atlantic and a series of ridges and valleys – makes for incredible coffee.
Batista is a mature plot of Gesha trees sitting at an average elevation of 1,500 MASL. These Gesha trees stand tall at about 15 feet, which is like the 6’4” human equivalent (this is a joke, don’t run numbers on this). As cherries reach peak ripeness, they’re handpicked and brought to the FST mill to be depulped. After removing the skin of the fruit, the coffee goes through a fermentation to assist in removal of the mucilage. The following day, the coffees is washed and sent to raised drying beds to dry for 8-12 days under the tropical sun.
The Batista plot produces a coffee that is very clean and delicate, with notes of white grape, mandarin orange, and pear. Coffees like this are ones that these little blurbs don’t do justice. Enjoy this one ☕️