Farm: Finca Santa Teresa
Altitude: 1,400-1,550 MASL
Certification: Direct Trade
Cupping Notes: Blackberry, Pear, Grapefruit, Caramel
Recommended Roast: City to Full City
Great for all brew methods!
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.
FST Estate Gesha pulls from all of the Gesha plots on the farm. All of the Gesha trees are picked by hand, and this lot is then brought to the FST mill to be processed as a washed coffee. Cherries are first floated to sort out the lower density fruit, and the sinkers are sent to be depulped and fermented. After fermentation, the coffee is dried for 8-12 days, and kept in parchment until it’s rested enough for shipment.
This was one of our favorite Gesha lots from these arrivals, we cupped it with notes of Blackberry, Pear, Grapefruit, and a linger of Caramel.