A leading example in coffee production in Panama



The geographical position of Panama is such that distinct microclimates coexist in regions where coffee grows, as well as, currently, extremely qualified producers. This means that there are exceptional coffees, but they often also have high marketing prices.


Prices are partly determined by other factors, the real estate market for example. Panama also has high standards related to labor laws, which means that coffee workers tend to have higher wages, a cost that consequently affects the consumer.



Finca Lerida


Photo: Ken Mayer




Speaking of coffee in Panama, its exceptional qualities and its above-standard prices, we cannot fail to mention a particular award-winning farm, a leading example for many coffee producers in Panama. This is Finca Lerida, founded by the Norwegian engineer B. Tollef Monniche. Tollef made his first contact with Panama in 1907, when he received a call from Washington for a 10-years project to build the Panama Canal. He only moved the following year as a design engineer responsible for six emergency dams.


The Monniche Dams, as they were later called, represented an incredible structural element without precedent. He finished his extraordinary work in 1914 and in 1917 he resigned from the service to retire with his wife in the mountains of Boquete.


When Monniche arrived in Boquete he bought a property called "Lerida" from a farmer. Initially the idea was to stop only for a while to recover from the long and hard 10-years work on the Panama Canal, but decided to build his own house with local wood and start a coffee farm. In the early days at "Lerida", the Monniche used kerosene lamps and carried water directly from a stream. His wife, Mrs. Julia, used to cook on a wood stove.


The couple managed to own up to 365 hectares. Green coffee, vegetables and various fruits such as strawberries, pears, blackberries and plums that surrounded their new home. From Guatemala, Monniche brought avocado varieties that today grow throughout Boquete. They raised turkeys, chickens, cows and horses. They also opened administrative offices to provide their numerous employees with basic necessities.


Tollef has developed a beautiful and thriving coffee farm. A farm that has managed to get Boquete on the map. In 1929 the harvest was remarkable: 930 quintals on 12000 coffee plants. The best part of this coffee was exported to Germany to be sold at three times the current price of that time.


He was an established naturalist during his four decades in the humid mountains of Boquete.


One day in 1956, due to their advanced age, the Monniche abandoned Boquete forever. They sold their lands to Alfredo and Inga Collins and traveled to the United States. Tollef died in December 1958, at the age of 84.


The talented Norwegian received later public recognition, first as an exceptional engineer and then as a horticulturist of immense merit. In both lives he was an extraordinary pioneer. That his contribution to the region's agriculture and the example of a tenacious man are always remembered.


It is also thanks to this man that now in this region they are produced among the most spectacular coffees, Finca Lerida offers a selection of varieties and processing methods such as Catuai and Gesha, washed or natural.


The natural Gesha that we have selected and we offer you is an example of quality and character linked to provenance and microclimate.

Panama's reputation is closely linked to the success of this variety, which despite being low-yelding, produces spectacular coffee. The best lots of Gesha can reach very high prices and then be resold to three times more than any other variety.



This exceptional natural Gesha delivers floral aromatic notes, an intense mango-like sweetness and a medium-high acidity with notes of dried apricot and rose.









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20851, Lissone (MB)




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