Jammy fruit in the cup flavors, apple butter, peach, berry, moderate brightness; the body is creamy and fills the palate. In fact it has many characteristics of a pulp natural coffee, but the cup is so sweet and clean. City to Full City+.
Lerida Estate is synonymous with Boquete, and with fine Panama coffee. The farm is owned by the Collins family since 1957. They had bought it from the establishing owner, Tollef B. Mïï_nniche, who founded the farm in 1922. Sadly, this is the final crop from the Collins as the farm has been sold. Ongoing divisions within the family and the rising price of land in the Boquete real estate boom have made for the change. We hope there will be nice Lerida coffee in the future, but that will be up to the new owner. It's with that we offer a micro-lot from the Lerida farm, Las Chichicas, named for a native flower found on the land. Located at 5500 feet, the farm has always produced a very bright cup from the dense coffee seed they harvest here.
This coffee has a more intense dry fragrance than I remember from the Lerida lots we have had in the past. It has raw honey, caramelized slightly, with fruited accents of plum and strawberry jam. Adding hot water to the grinds, the crust has a wonderful sweet scent, honey-on-toast, with mulling spice accent notes and peach fruit. The coffee has tons of jammy fruit in the cup flavors, apple butter, peach, and a bit of that berry found in the aroma. It has moderate brightness, but isn't that high-toned as I might expect from past lots of Finca Lerida. The body is creamy and fills the palate. In fact it has many characteristics of a pulp natural coffee, but if they took some liberties with the processing here it was very conservative adjustments because the cup is so sweet and clean.