Farm: La Esmeralda
Farm Size: 123.6 acres
Altitude: 5,200 ft.
Harvest: February 2012
Production Method: Demucilaged
Next Roast December 16th
White Grape | Peach | Jasmine
We found the Mario Carnaval 2012 crop to be more powerful and bigger bodied than previous years. It is flawlessly ripe, with intense scents of Jasmine and striking beautifully layered notes of white grape, peach, and honeyed apricot.
The best lots of Hacienda La Esmeralda are auctioned each year. These lots are divided by farm section and by harvest date. Thus the oldest section planted with the unique Gesha coffee variety is call Mario, and since February is the month of Carnaval, the harvest from that month is called Mario Carnaval. The harvest from January (Enero) is Mario Enero.
La Esmeralda's Gesha variety coffee first appeared in 2004 when it won first place in the Best of Panama Competition, taking the international jury by storm. Gesha, an Arabica coffee variety exported from the wild forests of Ethiopia in 1931, was introduced into Central America in the 1950’s. It was a disappointment back then because its production was quite poor and so very little was grown. Then in 2004 the Petersons, owners of La Esmeralda, decided to change their coffee entry into the yearly Panama coffee competition, selecting only their Gesha variety instead of the blend of coffee varieties they had been offering up before. Gesha is now established as one of great varieties of Arabica.
La Esmeralda deserves great praise not only for the Peterson’s original vision but for how well crafted the coffee is. Quality continues to improve. La Esmeralda’s great sweetness indicates real care in picking strictly ripe fruit. Because Boquete's rainy climate causes uneven ripening the coffee plants must be handpicked as many as fourteen times over three months to assure only ripe cherry.
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Orders must be placed by 6:00am (Eastern Time) on their roasting date.
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