Panama

WOMEN PRODUCERS  Specialty coffee from the Jaramillo Estate near Boquete, Panama. Third and fourth generation coffee farmers present this spectacular coffee with bright acidity and notes of caramel fudge and macadamia nuts. 

Medium Roast, 12 oz — $15.00

Background

Our Panama women producer specialty coffee is a real treat! Coffee from Panama tops the list of the best coffees in the world. Coffee first arrived in Panama around the beginning of the 19th century. Although first planted along the coastal areas, colonists began cultivating coffee in the mountainous area of Boquete and the Western Highlands. The microclimates of the Boquete Valley proved ideal for coffee cultivation due to its high altitudes, rich volcanic soils, and shade from the Baru Volcano. By 2008, Panamanian coffees from the Boquete Valley earned higher ratings and higher prices than coffees exported from Costa Rica. Panama produces approximately 240 thousand quintals of coffee a year, 80% of which is produced in Boquete. Specialty coffee from Panama consistently wins international quality awards and is distinguished in tastings where it receives more than 80 points out of 100 based on its sweetness and aroma. To learn more about the history of Panama and coffee production, click here.

The women-owned Jaramillo Estate is a 10-hectare, shade-grown coffee plantation near Boquete, Panama. The Jaramillo Estate and the nearby Hortigal Estate are owned and operated by Eira Suárez and her three daughters, Carmen, Lourdes and Nadeía, the latter of whom manages the farms day to day. Jaramillo was originally owned by Eira’s great uncle Oscar Sánchez, making the farm a precious family inheritance. During harvest season, the farm employs coffee pickers from the local Ngäbe-Buglé indigenous community. The pickers carefully select coffee cherries based on optimal ripeness and quality. Pickers are taught about the importance of detailed coffee cherry selection and are encouraged to collect based on high quality standards. To learn more about the Ngäbe-Buglé indigenous community, click here.

During harvest, coffee cherries are transported daily from the farm to the family’s private coffee mill, Beneficios de Café de Boquete, in Dolega, about 30 minutes from the farm. Operating and exporting coffee since 1989, the mill is under the administration of Norberto Suárez, Eira’s brother. The coffees processed at the mill are exported under the Baru Indian High label. The mill is equipped with Pinhalense agricultural technology and employs an experienced team overlooking the entire workflow, ensuring traceability and efficiency. The mill’s parchment “resting” warehouse is built with ternium, a material that helps to control humidity and maintain temperature levels within the storage unit, to protect and maintain the beans’ quality.

The health of the Jaramillo Estate is evident in its beautiful coffees, plant diversity, and abundant bird and wildlife populations. The Jaramillo Estate hosts birdwatching sessions, with the goal of raising awareness about the great natural treasures in the area.  Observations are registered on the farms’ Instagram feed and the global bird listing platform eBird. Both the Jaramillo and Hortigal Estates maintain native tree cover that helps sustain agroforestry systems that are valuable to native wildlife and to resident and migratory birds.  Both farms plant the native Palomo tree between coffee plants to provide beneficial shade, habitat and food source for birds, and to help the farm improve its resilience to changing climate conditions with no loss of productive cropland. Sustainable farming practices, such as productivity-boosting pruning techniques, are implemented every year after the harvest. An effective soil and crop fertilization program is followed four times a year. Mineral and organic homemade coffee-pulp compost are applied to nurture adult crops, as well as seedlings in the coffee nursery.

We have a very limited supply of this amazing Panama women producer specialty coffee, so order today before we run out! From the sale of this coffee we donate part of our proceeds to the Greater San Marcos Youth Council. To find out more about the organizations we donate to , please visit our Giving page.

VarietalCaturra & Typica
ProcessingWashed
FarmJaramillo Estate
RegionChiriquì
MunicipalityBoquete
Altitude1400m-1650m