SHB coffee from Panama is often overlooked due to its more popular surrounding neighbors Costa Rica and Colombia. However, Panama coffee has the potential to challenge the best. Panama's high altitude, influences of the Pacific and the Atlantic Ocean, volcanic soil, and the shade of surrounding volcanoes all contribute to an ideal situation for a coffee producing country.
This single estate coffee is grown in the Piedra Candela region of Volcan in Panama. Piedra Candela is a place with a very small population in the province of Chiriqui. It is only a little over a mile from the border of Costa Rica. This is an area where nature, climate, and altitude complement each other to offer one of the best locations for specialty coffee production. The trees are 100% Typica, an heirloom varietal of Arabica, and grow at an altitude of 1000-1400 meters. The coffee plants grow amongst tropical rain forest, exotic species, and a wide variety of plants and animals. The coffee is farmed by small landowners, wet-milled, and sun dried on concrete patios.
- SHB (Strictly Hard Bean) specifies that the coffee was grown at an altitude above 1350 meters. This term is also synonymous with SHG/Strictly High Grown; this classification is higher than HB.
- EP (European Preparation) specifies that the raw beans are all hand sorted to remove any defective beans and foreign material.
clean, consistent, medium body, soft acidity, pleasant citrus/lemon notes, and chocolate notes.