Elida Estate Natural Panama
Aroma:9.0Roasted Cocoa Nib, Berries
Flavor:9.0Grape Juice, Baker's Chocolate
Aftertaste:9.0Guava, Pineapple, Blueberry, Chocolate, Gentle Red Wine Notes
This natural coffee picked especially for PT's makes a truly elegant cup. Highly aromatic with notes of deep cocoa and sweet berries that manifest in the cup with flavors of grape juice, chocolate, and a signature strawberry flavor. A vibrant acidity and creamy body finishes beautifully with notes of guava, blueberry, and red wine.
Direct Trade Farm
has continued to innovate and produce an exceptionally well-processed natural coffee. Elida Estate has been consistently producing one of the highest rated natural processed coffees in the past few years. Their Natural Processed coffee has had great success in the Specialty Coffee Association of Panama, Best of Panama coffee competition. They have finished in the top 10 in one or more categories every year since 2007. They received 5th place in the Natural division of the 2012 competition. In 2013, our roast of Elida Natural received a 93 Point score
from Ken Davids at Coffee Review and a stellar 95 point review
Following the Best of Panama competition in 2007, PT's Green Coffee buyer Jeff Taylor, visited Elida Estate. It was obvious that these farmers were passionate about producing on of the best natural processed coffees in the world. Natural processed coffees are particularly difficult to deal with because the producer is, in essence, allowing the coffee to ferment. This process produces an exceptional flavor profile with their Typica and Catuai varieties. The unique profile wouldn't be possible without the extreme care that is paid to every detail through the drying process.
When Jeff and Maritza last visited the farm, they noticed some issues with cherry selection when picking. Pickers work hard, but are generally paid by volume, so will often pick cherries regardless of ripeness unless they are given training, or a financial incentive, to pick only the ripest cherries. From Jeff's blog post
, "With the selection of cherry as a small concern, we are working with Wilford to harvest a special lot just for PT’s that is only the ripest of red cherry that is selected and sorted before drying. This will be a first and should lead to an even more exceptional lot of Elida Natural when it arrives later this summer."