Lot TN-06: LOS LAJONES CATUAI NATURAL CHANIN

History

Los Lajones Estate is located on the slopes of Volcan Baru in the elevation of 1750 – 2400 masl. The total size of the farm is 160 ha, with about 40 ha dedicated to farming. Currently, 35 ha are cultivated with coffee trees, 21 ha are used for production and 14 ha is devoted to young trees between 2-3 years old (mainly Geisha and Pacamara variety). The other varieties used on Los Lajones are Caturra and Catuai.

Before the farm was purchased by Graciano Cruz R. and his son in 1992, it was owned for many years by Alberto Rubio and used mainly for cattle pasture. In the first years after purchase, the lower parts of the property were slowly planted with coffee trees. Recently, the focus shifted to the upper parts, with Geisha variety being planted as high as 2100 masl.

Climate

The unique geological characteristics of the property, which is located in-between two lava flows, created a completely different and specific microclimate.

The rainy period is clearly defined, starting in May and lasting up to December. From January until April, the farm is constantly hit by wind currents coming from the Pacific Ocean, which collide with Bajareque (misty rain) arriving each afternoon from the Caribbean. This unique microclimate makes Los Lajones a perfectly dry spot for 5 months during the crop. The average annual rainfall is around 3500 mm of water, distributed into mild showers that take place predominantly from April until August. The rainiest months are usually September and October, averaging 1000 mm per month.

Biodiversity

Classified as a highland cloud forest, more than 2/3 of the property consists of primary forest with a high variety of oaks (Quercus ssp.). Moreover, the farm is divided according to the elevation into three different biodiversity zones.

Los Lajones was the first organic certified coffee farm in Panama. All the farm operations are carried out with environmental consciousness and deep desire to preserve the unique and exotic biodiversity of the whole area.

To develop a “Biodiversity farm inventory”, we collaborated with INBio (Biodiversity Institute of Costa Rica), which spent several days on-site, monitoring butterflies, macro mushrooms, birds and botanical inventory inside the coffee farm and within the transition zones with Volcán Barú Natural Reserve.

Coffee Varieties

Catuai, Geisha and Pacamara planted at elevations of 2150 masl, Los Lajones is probably the highest altitude Geisha plantation on the continent. One of the crucial aspects of Los Lajones is the zero water usage during coffee processing. All production is processed on-site using Honey and Natural methods and dried on raised African beds.

Coffee and cupping details

Bags: 2
Weight: 100 lbs
Score: 88.5
Varietal:
  • Red & Yellow Catui

Farm details

Farm Name: LOS LAJONES ESTATE
Farmer Name: GRACIANO CRUZ RUBIO & GRACIANO CRUZ LANDERO
District: LOS LAJONES, EL SALTO, BOQUETE
Farm Elevation: 1850-2300m
Processing Method: Natural
Drying Method: African Beds, Slow dry 30 days (6 hours a day)

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