Panama - Washed Geisha - lot #217 - Finca La Mula
Tastes Like: Jasmine, Dried Cranberry, Red Apple
One of two Rare Coffees this month from producer Willem Boot’s Finca La Mula. Lot #217 is fully washed and represents the beautiful and elegant characteristics that is in a classic Panama Gesha. In this cup you will find notes of jasmine, dried cranberries and a sweet red apple finish, a coffee for the one who wants to drink something smooth and flavorful.
On most mornings at Finca La Mula, a thick fog hangs over the farm, seemingly clinging to the towering shade trees stretching high into the ashy gray sky. As the farm workers tread the steep slopes to tend to the 6,000 coffee trees of Geisha variety, this cloud forest envelops them, creating a sanctuary-like coffee-growing atmosphere.
The year of 2004, founder of Finca La Mula, Willem Boot, was evaluating coffees as a Best of Panama judge. He is no stranger to coffee after working in the coffee industry virtually his whole life, however the coffees he evaluated on this day was like nothing else had tasted in his coffee career.
Everything from the perfume-like aroma filled with rose and jasmine to the tantalizing mixture of complex flavors in the cup, including papaya, lime, honeysuckle, and more jasmine.
He scored this mesmerizing coffee 96 points, and yearned to find out: What is this coffee? The answer: Geisha.
Just a year later in 2005, Willem purchased a 5- hectare piece of land sitting on astonishing 1700-1800 masl right on Volcáno Barú’s southern slope. A land he transformed it into a Geisha coffee farm together with Kelly Hartmann, who is to this day the farm manager of Finca La Mula and 15 workers from the Ngöbe-Buglé indigenous community.
In addition to producing special coffees, Finca La Mula has cultivated a biodiverse natural environment through their planting. This is immediately evident walking the grounds, as one observes the farm’s active population of wildlife—they often spot monkeys, and have even seen jaguars. They also observed countless species of migratory birds—including eagles—which are attracted to the towering old-growth trees.
The high quality reached at Finca La Mula is in large part due to its unique microclimate and highly fertile soil conditions. Though the Geisha variety originated in Ethiopia, the coffees that had risen to prominence in the global coffee community were grown in the Boquete Valley, not far from their farm. They have a distinct environment and “terroir” at La Mula—including more rain than what Boquete receives—to create a one-of-a-kind profile.
Altitude: 1700- 1800 masl