Los Lajones 36h Anaerobic Catuaí
Complex, yet clean cup that has notes of pineapple, watermelon candy and ripe strawberry
This coffee comes from the Los Lajones farm that’s located in a whopping altitude of 2050 masl (!!!) in the Boquete region in Panama. The farmer of Los Lajones is no other than Graciano Cruz, an industry legend amongst farmers and processers! Through his Hiu Coffee company, he owns multiple farms in Panama and El Salvador. He’s a pioneering agronomist who taught coffee picking to farmers in Ethiopia back in the day and brought back a lot of knowledge about natural and honey processing which he has been a strong advocate of. To this day, he’s experimenting with different processing methods to bring complexity in coffee.
Graciano founded Los Lajones in 1992 at an extremely high elevation of 2050 meters. The altitude and the fact that Panama is a very narrow piece of land in between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans create a micro-climate where cherries mature slowly and develop beans with dense structure and complex flavours. After picking, the ripe cherries are taken straight to fermentation tanks where they ferment anaerobically for 36 hours. After that, the cherries are dried on raised African beds for approximately 14 days.
Graciano is extremely careful with the fermentation. The result is a complex, yet clean cup that has notes of pineapple, watermelon candy and ripe strawberry. It’s truly incredible what Graciano has been able to create out of this Catuaí!
Farm: Los Lajones
Farmer: Graciano Cruz
Growing altitude (MASL): 2050 masl
Processing: 36-hour anaerobic Natural