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Finca Lerida is a farm with a rich and unique history. Its founder, Tollef B. Monniche, came to Panama from Norway in 1907 to work as an engineer on the Panama Canal. Tollef retired in 1924, and bought a small farm in Boquete, Panama with his wife – the property was called “Lerida” after the city in Spain. He built a house and on the property, and went to work planting coffee trees as well as fruits and vegetables. He built a dam on the farm, to provide water to the coffee processing plant there, and also developed and patented a device, called the “Sifon” to separate ripe cherries from unripe ones. This device is still in use today, not only at Finca Lerida, but also on coffee farms worldwide.

Today, Finca Lerida is run by the Chiari family, who coordinate coffee growing with surrounding rainforest preservation. It also houses a eco-tourism hotel, where patrons can take tours of the farm land and enjoy the ambiance of the rainforest. The farm sits at an altitude of 1600-1850 meters above sea level, and grows Caturra, Catuai, Pacamara, Bourbon and Geisha varietals, which are processed several ways.

Pacamara is a cross breed between Pacas (Bourbon) and Maragogype (Typica) that was originally first from Nicaragua. You also have a Maracaturra variety that is a cross between Maragogype and Caturra. We had this last year from our friends at Finca Guadalupana.

This coffee is a Black & Bloom Special series. We bought three coffees from Panama this year and this is the first one to arrive.