Varietal: Catuai, Caturra
Farm: Finca Santa Teresa
Altitude: 1,500 masl
Certification: Direct Trade
Cupping Notes: Peach, Black Tea, Raspberry, Milk Chocolate
Bag Size: 60K
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.
This Lot comprises two mature plots; Summer, planted with shade-grown Caturra, and Joanna, a Catuai plot which enjoys year-round sun. The cherries are picked by hand, and processed at the FST mill.
To achieve a washed process the cherries are sorted straight after picking and are then placed into water floatation tanks, where floating fruit is removed and leaving only dense cherries. Next the pulping process begins – the fruit flesh is mechanically removed from the bean, the mucilage layer remains intact at this stage. The beans are then placed into a large tank of water where fermentation occurs – the natural enzyme created will result in the removal of the mucilage. The coffee is then washed again and the next day the drying process on raised drying beds will begin. The coffee will take between 8 to 12 days to dry.
This was a favorite from the Panama arrivals this season. It managed to come across delicate, but still vibrant. Cupping notes were fresh peach, black tea, and raspberry — this one should be bottled and have random facts under the lid (y’know, because that’s a Snapple™ flavor) — and it finished like sweet milk chocolate. We love working with FST because of coffees like this one. 🤤