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About Panama Elida Loma Centro Geisha Natural
Barry Levine (Willoughby's/Roastmasters) and Wilford Lamastus (Elida)
Elida has broken numerous world coffee price records. In 2018 Elida's Geisha Green Tip Washed sold for $661.00/lb at auction, and their Geisha Green Tip Natural sold for a whopping $803.00/lb. In the 2019 Best of Panama competition, Elida Estate won first place in the two categories again, Natural and Washed Geisha, and again broke records when their Natural Geisha sold for $1029.00/lb. at auction. The 2020 Auction saw Elida place in the top ten of several categories; one Geisha Natural lot from La Torre placed #6 in its Category. This year (2021) Elida held a private auction in which several more records were broken. Two lots of Torre ASD sold for $311 and $201 per pound. A special, small lot called Aguacatillo Geisha Natural ASD sold for --- wait for it --- $4,100 per pound! Most of this coffee is purchased by roasters in Asia. This year the highest price in the auction did not quite last years but sold for $3,606 with the majority of Geisha coffees in the $200 - $250 range.
Wilford Lamastus, owner of Elida in 2015
"Classic" Natural are fully ripe cherries that are washed then slowly dried on raised beds. Each day they turned over multiple times to promote even drying. The Lamastus family are absolutely masterful at not only growing great coffee fruit, but can finesse an outstanding array of flavors and nuances from the fruit through careful and experienced processing technique. Classic Natural represents the purest form dried-in-the-skin coffee, where the fruit's pulp penetrates the bean (seed) within. It takes a great hand, experience, intelligence and natural resources to produce a coffee this good! While this coffee is expensive to some it will be seen as a bargain to others but either way it is worth every penny.
- Farm: Elida Estate
- Producer: Wilford Lamastus Sr.
- Province: Chiriqui
- District: Boquete
- Micro region: Alto Quiel
- Township: Los Naranjos
- Altitude: 1,780 - 1,820 above sea level
- Coffee variety: Geisha
- Processing: Classic Natural
The vacuum packed boxes in which we receive this coffee.
Handmade wooden trays used for drying natural and honey coffees
Cup Characteristics: Big jasmine florals with lovely fruity candy, perfume and bergamot. This is gorgeous jasmine filled Geisha with layer after layer of floral notes and long, smooth, dry finish. Very elegant.
Roasting Notes: Our preferred roasting range for this coffee is midway between 1st and 2nd crack. The delicate qualities will be present throughout this range, with lighter variations highlighting piquancy and citrus notes, while Full City levels will enhance body. Keep in mind that natural processed coffees tend to roast a little quicker than washed, and plan your roast accordingly.