The coffee comes from the farm called Finca Santa Teresta that’s located in Santa Clara near the Volcán Barú; Panama’s highest peak.
FST is renowned farm that produces lineup of premium quality specialty coffee and they’re a familiar name in the finals of Best Of Panama competition. They specialize in premium level coffees including Caturra, Pacamara, Typica – and Gesha!
The Farm’s terroir – rich volcanic soils, high altitude, weather systems driven by the Pacific and Atlantic and a series of ridges and valleys – drives coffee redolent of honeysuckle, lychee and strawberries.
The coffee we feature from them is a very specific lot called Zorro from 1570 masl lot of the farm. It consists predominantly of bronze tip Gesha and is then natural processed with stunning results!
Zorro occupies a beautiful plot which faces the sunrise, and benefits from good shade from surrounding native trees. To achieve this natural process the cherry is picked when fully ripe and within hours spread out on raised beds under high altitude sun. The cherry is turned every few hours for even drying. This drying takes 4-6 weeks. FST finishes off the drying in the oven to help with evenness of moisture and water content before hulling.
It’s not entirely unique to get a flavor profile that’s so close to orange juice but it’s not unheard of! This lot for sure is one of them and it knocked us off our feet when we came across it in the sample cupping!
Expect notes of Capri Sun juice box, tropical fruit punch, sparkling acidity
This amazing coffee was sourced and roasted by our good friends at Manhattan Coffee Roasters in Rotterdam, Netherlands! They’re definitely one of the most interesting roasters in Europe at the moment and their green coffee collaborations with farmers are off the charts. We certainly hope this one to be the first of many with them and you should definitely check them out if you haven’t yet!
Region: Santa Clara, Renacimiento, Panama
Farm: Finca Santa Teresa
Altitude: 1570 MASL (average)