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Best of Panama Auction 2018

Elida Estate broke all the possible barriers in 2018, highest price paid in a coffee auction at $803 and $661 per pound of Elida Geisha Natural and Elida Geisha Washed respectively. After winning BOTH 1st places in Geisha Washed and Geisha Natural category with a record in points with a score of 94.66 in Elida Geisha Washed, the expectations for the Best of Panama Auction were high. But how high? lets remember 2017 when Hacienda La Esmeralda broke an unimaginable record with the Geisha Natural from Cañas Verdes and the bid was won by Kew Specialty. The 601 made news all over the world opening the doors to a new era of coffee sales in to the luxury status. Hacienda La...

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Best of Panama 2018

  Photo Credit @Jnyuwang Best of Panama 2018 competition concluded May 26th and the results for Elida Estate were tremendous. Elida Estate in the same year it turned 100 years, won NOT one, but TWO 1st places in both Geisha categories.  For the first time since Geisha was discovered, a produce won 1st place in BOTH Geisha categories, plus a record with a 94.66 in Elida Geisha Washed, AND, the Panama Cup for the producer of the year. Important to mention this is not the first time Wilford Lamastus wins the Panama Cup, nor the 1st place with a record in the Geisha Washed category. The current record was held by Elida Geisha Washed 1st place in 2016 with a...

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Elida Estate turns 100

Elida Estate is the main farm for the Lamastus Family Estates group and was founded in 1918 by Robert Louis Lamastus, a military man from Kentucky, US that eradicated in Boquete after his service in the Panama Canal Zone and Coiba. He married a local by the name of Elida Saldaña and they had five kids. After his death, in 1934, Robert left the coffee farm to his wife Elida and the five kids, and Elida was able to keep up the coffee farm successfully while sending her five kids to school and college in the US.  After coming back from college Thatcher, the fourth of of the five siblings, came to work in coffee farm and dedicated his life...

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Best Of Panama 2017

Best of Panama 2017 has ended and we feel extremely happy about the overall results. Elida Estate got 8th in Geisha Natural, we didn't have the same success as last year but we are still positive for BOP Auction on July 18th in which we have 4 lots in.  On the other hand, having our head producer as President of SCAP, we are so pumped for the fact that new farmers like Finca Sophia, Santamaria or Lutrell competed for the first time and got 1st, 3rd and 5th respectively on the Geishas. Also, we are happy for those pioneers that kept showing consistency in their production like Hacienda La Esmeralda, and Kotowa Coffee. We now can consider Finca Nuguo a...

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Panama Barista Championship 2017

Since 2011 Panama have not hosted a Panama Barista Championship, but in several countries the champions and finalists are using Panamanian coffee, specially Geisha coffee in their performances.  In 2017 SCAP decided to resume the championship and we now have a champion that will represent Panama in Seoul, South Korea 2017 for WBC.  Cesar Eduardo Bermejo from Leto Brew Bar used a Geisha Washed and Geisha Natural from Finca Deborah to win. Alberto Bermudez from Cafe Unido got 2nd and Cesar Andres Bermejo (Cesar Eduardo's brother) got 3rd place. 

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