Nestled in the lush landscapes of Renacimiento, Panama, the "La Llorona" farm stands tall and proud. This coffee haven has been cherished by the Yanguez family for a whopping 50 years! Perched at a breathtaking 1800 meters above sea level, this expansive 100-hectare land is home to 80,000 coffee plants sprawled over 20 hectares, featuring the star varieties Catuai and Caturra.
Lourdes Yanguez, a vibrant 38-year-old, is the heart and soul behind this buzzing operation. She's not just the boss lady in charge but also the bearer of her family's rich legacy. Since her early days, she's been cradled amidst coffee fields, growing up learning the dance of the plants and beans. This coffee passion? It runs deep in her veins, a legacy crafted through generations. The family's vast estate originally included multiple farms, which over time got shared among the siblings.
Come harvest season, from December to February, Lourdes is all in, overseeing every meticulous detail. Once the coffee cherries are plucked, they're weighed and swiftly coordinated for delivery to the coffee mill. While other family members might have branched out into varied farming interests, Lourdes has stayed true to her coffee love. But hey, the farm isn't just about coffee; it also boasts veggies, fruit trees, and livestock.
Though rooted in deep coffee traditions, Lourdes is ever eager to ride the waves of new opportunities. This adventurous spirit led her to join the Creativa project, but she's also teamed up with big names like Café Durán and Hartman.
For Lourdes, "La Llorona" isn't just business as usual. It's an ongoing family saga, a burning passion, and a testament to her undying love for coffee and the soil that nurtures it. Cheers to that!
The perfect addition to any coffee lover’s collection. Our first variant is the one you already know, using the natural process. After leaving the tanks, the coffee is dried with its cherry intact. This creates a sweet and fruity taste that’s perfect for those who prefer a lighter, more refreshing coffee. Our wet mill is located in Dolega, a district of Chiriquí, where temperatures range between 20° to 35° Celsius. For this reason, our expert craftsmen created a process where we could extend the fermentation period without damaging the embryo and avoiding alcoholic notes. The tanks are lined with jackets that enable the flow of cool water, so the cherries are kept at a stable, cool temperature.
Chilled Cherry Washed
Our second and new variant is Chilled Cherry Washed, starting the process with fully ripe natural cherries. After leaving the tanks, the coffee is depulped and then dried. We add inoculants and yeast during the drying process to achieve sweeter profiles. This results in a rich and complex flavor that’s perfect for those who prefer a stronger, fuller, and creamier-bodied coffee with citric-tartaric acidity. So, whether you’re a fan of light and fruity or rich and complex, Chilled Cherry has something for everyone.
The coffee that’s been crafted with the utmost care and attention to detail. Splash is made using a unique process of fermentation, resulting in a truly unique taste that’s perfect for coffee lovers. Using only the finest cherries, Splash undergoes a depulping and goes through a short aerobic fermentation process of just 24 to 48 hours, ensuring that the coffee retains its natural flavor and aroma. And that’s not all - our expert craftsmen also add a special blend of lactic acid bacteria to further enhance the richness and complexity of the coffee. The result is a profile where we aim to highlight the terroir of Panama’s volcanic soil as well as the characteristics of the Geisha and Catuai varieties. If you are more into the classic and elegant profile, give it a try and discover the traditional flavors of Panama.
The coffee that’s taking the industry by storm! Our expert craftsmen have spent years perfecting the art of coffee-making, and the result is a coffee that’s unlike any other. Intrinsic Cherry is a natural coffee that undergoes a short fermentation process. After floating the cherries and quality analysis, the coffee is left to ferment overnight in aerobic conditions. The next day, the drying process begins. This process is carefully monitored to ensure that the coffee develops a silky body, phosphoric acidity, and delicious flavors of yellow fruits. In 2023, we’re taking Intrinsic Cherry to the next level. We’re reducing the acidity of this profile, allowing us to enhance the coffee’s description and develop even greater complexity. The result is a coffee that’s even smoother, richer, and more delicious than ever before!
The coffee that’s changing the game! Our expert coffee makers have created a coffee that’s not only delicious but also unique in its creation process. Dynamic Cherry undergoes an anaerobic fermentation in cherry between 72 to 96 hours in large blue tanks with air traps. This process allows the release of gases accumulated during the fermentation, which promotes the growth of yeast and lactic acid bacteria. This meticulous process produces a coffee with a profile of red fruits, silky and round body, and malic acidity. So, if you’re looking for a coffee that’s dynamic, complex, and full of body, look no further than Dynamic Cherry. With its unique profile and expert craftsmanship, it’s the perfect addition to any coffee lover’s collection.