Panama – Cascara Elida Estate

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Country: Panama
Region: Boquete, Chiriquí
Processing station: Elida Estate
Altitude: 1700 – 2100 m.a.s.l.
Variety: Catuai
Processing: natural
Taste profile: Earl Grey, citrus, jam, dried fruits

Cascara, Spanish for “husk,” is a unique byproduct of coffee processing. It is actually a dried coffee cherry that wraps the coffee beans. Cascara contains a small amount of caffeine and a lot of vitamins and natural antioxidants. Our cascara ELIDA ESTATE has a full and syrupy body. The taste may remind you of black tea with lemon and sweet peaches.
The Lamastus family has been growing coffee at the Elida Estate for four generations, since 1918. The cultivation takes place under unique ecological conditions. Coffee trees grow in the shade of tall trees (so-called shade-grown coffee) and help create favorable conditions for local birds.



The Lamastus family owns 3 farms around Boquete: El Burro Estate, Luito Geisha Estates and Elida Estate. All of them are located at high altitudes, in a microclimate with very low temperatures, on the edge of one of the highest volcanoes in Central America, the Bar volcano. Elida Estate is even the highest coffee farm in Panama, reaching up to 2,500 m.a.s.l., and is surrounded by the Volcan Baru National Park – an original virgin rainforest.


At the Elida Estate plant, they process coffee with the greatest care using the Natural, Washed and Honey methods. The processed coffee is carefully sorted and then rests in bags on wooden racks for 60 to 100 days (depending on the process). Another manual sorting follows and then the coffee is ready for export.


The name Catuai is said to mean “very good” in the indigenous Tupi-Guarani language. It is a hybrid of two varieties – Caturra and Mundo Novo. Low growth combined with high yield is the reason why it is so popular among farmers. It was originally found in Brazil, from where it spread throughout Latin America in the 1970s. Unfortunately, like many other coffee plants, Catuaí is also very susceptible to various diseases.

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