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Panama Geisha Los Lajones
Perfect for: Cafetiere / Filter / Espresso
Strength: Full Medium
Type: Speciality - Origin
Region: Panama - Volcan Baru
Filter/Cafetiere: Mango initially with a smooth Milk Chocolate body with hints of Rose Flowers has a lovely warm Syrup aftertaste.
Espresso: Superb clean Mandarin Flavour initially with Milk Chocolate through the body and a sweet syrupy finish truly mouth-watering!
Graziano Cruz R & Family
Panama - Volcan Baru
Harvested September – January - April
Geisha, Yellow Catuai, Caturra, Pacamara
Honey Processing, African Beds
1750 -2400 masl
For Filter / Cafetiere
20 grams of coffee to 340 millilitres of water. Temp of Water 92 degrees.
Full Medium Roast colour spectrometer profile 112.
Aroma Notes: Tropical Fruit with Hints of Milk Chocolate & Florals.
Tasting Notes: Mango initially with a Smooth Milk Chocolate Body with hints of Rose Flowers has a lovely warm Syrup aftertaste.
Tactile Note: Fantastic clearly definable depth of flavours with mild acidity a good body with a welcoming aftertaste, has a clean mouthfeel. Works well as a morning or afternoon coffee, best served black with no sugar or milk.
16 grams of coffee to 32 millilitres of water. Temp of Water 95 degrees.
Full Medium to Full Medium Roast colour spectrometer profile 114.
Aroma Notes: Tropical Fruits with Floral Notes.
Tasting Notes: Superb clean Mandarin Flavour initially with Milk Chocolate through the body and a sweet syrupy finish truly mouth-watering!
Tactile Notes: Exceptional clear flavours with medium acidity, a superb body and clean finish, has a clean mouthfeel. Enjoy all day as an Espresso, Americano or Flat White to really enjoy the flavours of this truly special coffee!
This exceptional coffee was selected as the #5 coffee on Coffee Review’s list of the Top 30 Coffees of 2014. Produced from trees of the rare Ethiopia-derived botanical variety Geisha. The Geisha variety continues to distinguish itself as one of the world’s rarest and most unique coffees. This is a dry-processed or “natural” Geisha, meaning the beans were dried inside the fruit rather than after the fruit has been removed.
Los Lajones Organic Estate is located on the slopes of Volcan Baru in the elevation of 1750 – 2400 masl. The total size of the farm is 160 ha, with about 40 ha dedicated to farming. Currently, 35 ha are cultivated with coffee trees, 21 ha are used for production and 14 ha is devoted to young trees between 2-3 years old (mainly Geisha and Pacamara variety). The other varieties used on Los Lajones are Caturra and Catuai.
Before the farm was purchased by Graciano Cruz R. and his son in 1992, it was owned for many years by Alberto Rubio and used mainly for cattle pasture. In the first years after purchase, the lower parts of the property were slowly planted with coffee trees. Recently, the focus shifted to the upper parts, with Geisha variety being planted as high as 2100 masl.
The unique geological characteristics of the property, which is located in-between two lava flows, created a completely different and specific microclimate.
The rainy period is clearly defined, starting in May and lasting up to December. From January until April, the farm is constantly hit by wind currents coming from the Pacific Ocean, which collide with Bajareque (misty rain) arriving each afternoon from the Caribbean.
This unique microclimate makes Los Lajones a perfectly dry spot for 5 months during the crop. The average annual rainfall is around 3500 mm of water, distributed into mild showers that take place predominantly from April until August. The rainiest months are usually September and October, averaging 1000 mm per month.
Classified as a highland cloud forest, more than 2/3 of the property consists of primary forest with a high variety of oaks (Quercus ssp.). Moreover, the farm is divided according to the elevation into three different biodiversity zones.
Los Lajones was the first organic certified coffee farm in Panama. All the farm operations are carried out with environmental consciousness and deep desire to preserve the unique and exotic biodiversity of the whole area.
In the next two years, new varities such as Geisha and Pacamara will start producing its first cherries. With the elevation of 2150 masl, Los Lajones is probably the highest altitude Geisha plantation on the continent. One of the crucial aspects of Los Lajones is the zero water usage during coffee processing. All production is processed on-site using Honey and Natural methods and dried on raised African beds.
Recently bought a bean-to-cup machine and had been trying out a few different online coffee suppliers but having discovered TLOC I keep coming back for their wide selection, high quality, speed of delivery and exemplary customer service (needed an 'emergency' delivery, unfortunately missed the cutoff time for the same-day dispatch but a brief email request and they very kindly obliged, beans delivered next morning). Have enjoyed trying out different coffees and roast/strength profiles - admittedly some have been more to my taste than others but that is, of course, subjective. For what it's worth, my two favourites so far (probably due to their natural sweetness) are Costa Rica Helsar for every day drinking and Panama Geisha Los Lajones which is absolutely delicious but, alas, I need to hide the invoice from Mrs H whenever I order that particular one! ;-). I've already recommended TLOC to fellow coffee enthusiasts at work and I have definitely found my preferred supplier.
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