Altitude: 1,100m to 1, 250m
A traditional Boquete coffee, Palmyra grows on the slopes of the Barú volcano, in rich volcanic soils, in the area known as Palmira. This coffee is almost entirely of the Catuai varietal, and comprises approximately 70% of our crop. With a medium body and medium acidity, notes of nuts, chocolate and vanilla glimmer through.
The Palmyra covers the areas we refer to as Santa Maria, Aguacate, Louvain and The Thatcher and is what sustains close to one thousand Ngobe-Bugle pickers during harvest. The Ngobe-Bugle’s are a nomad group, migrating to the highlands during harvest (November through February). The nursery, with child care, is the center hub, from where pickers go to harvest and are able to leave their children cared for with food, teachers and supplies. This may seem unusual to mention, but on most farms in Panama the Ngobe-Bugles do not have this option, and either take their infants with them and hang them from a tree in a make-shift cradle, under sun and rain while they harvest, or, if they are toddlers, lock them in the housing quarters. Doctors and dentists come on medical tours to improve the health of the people. Rice and beans are given to the families regularly to ensure proper nutrition for the pickers themselves. The children (and many times adults) are deparasitised. All children of school age are strongly encouraged to attend nearby schools. This is the epicenter of our social program.