Hacienda la Esmeralda has a big name in specialty coffee. The rebirth place of the Geisha varietal, the Peterson Family now also produces Catuai. Having a coffee produced by the Peterson's means it's going to be a high quality coffee. Their coffees have won numerous awards all throughout the industry and will continue to do so.
This coffee is a natural processed Catuai. It is grown on the Jaramillo and El Velo farms and later processed at their own processing mill. The natural process at Hacienda La Esmeralda comprises of two steps: first the coffee is dried on patios for 3-5 days, then later dried again in a industrial drying machine called the Guardiola drier for 72 hours to increase drying evenness and prevent fermentation.
If you've never had a coffee from Panama before, this is a good one to start. We taste in the brew lots of berries and florals. It is a natural processed coffee, so we will get a slight fermented flavor but it pairs well with the berries, make it almost like a berry wine flavor. It's complimented with a light honey flavor and very sweet cup. Lastly we taste a very light and mellow chamomile flavor that ties all the flavors together.