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All sales for Luito Estate Gesha will ship on December 17th. Each bag contains 8 ounces of whole bean coffee. Limited quantity and supply.
Luito’s perfect geographic coordinates help create this delicious Gesha. Yielding flavors of juicy coffee cherry layered with floral-like qualities and complex herbaceousness.
Luito, brother of Elida Estate owner Wilford, never lived to see his coffee harvest and is named in his honor. We purchased this coffee four years ago the first year it went to the market and have been buying it ever since. Grown on one of the steepest slopes of Panama makes this coffee harder to reach than average, but we believe it’s worth the trek. The effort was met with reward in this special limited edition coffee. Geshas are known for their floral notes. This one, in particular, has a lot of herbaceousness to it, similar to pine, basil, thyme.
Gabriela and Michelle Lamastus
Bajo Mono, Boquete
December - February
Mandarin, Pine Honey, Effervescent
The Cordillera Talamanca - the mountainous spine that makes its way up the center of Panama and Costa Rica - is centuries-in-the-making on account of the tectonic movement, volcanic activity and a casual ice age or two. As if the geologic diversity weren't enough to make this a fascinating region, a weather pattern exists that truly sets Boquete apart.
The "Bajareque" is a fabled meteorological phenomenon resulting in a dense mist that shrouds Boquete during the Northern Hemisphere's - otherwise - dry season (a.k.a., winter). The Bajareque travels south from the Caribbean sea, over the Cordillera Talamanca and lingers in the northern reaches of the town of Boquete. It, therefore, goes without saying that the northernmost coffee farm in Boquete would profit the greatest from this cool and lush microclimate.
Unlike his father and brother, Luito Lamastus took not to coffee, but trout farming. Luito's trout ponds sit at the foot of the Cordillera Talamanca in the village of Bajo Mono where freshwater cascades down from the mountains. Despite his burgeoning trout business, Luito couldn't help but take advantage of the steep slopes that rose from his farm. He did so by planting, one-by-one, Gesha coffee cherries that he'd taken from his father Thatcher's nearby Elida Estate.
Seven years later, Luito's vision is carried out by his wife Gabriela and daughter Michelle Lamastus yielding one of the most delicious expressions of Gesha we've been lucky enough to roast.
We believe the coffee experience is our responsibility from seed to cup. Coffee is our craft, our ritual, our passion. It drives us and inspires us. With this simple truth and responsibility we are bridging the gap from farmlevel to streetlevel.