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Panama Hacienda La Esmeralda Ethiopia Landrace
Panama Hacienda La Esmeralda Ethiopia Landrace

Panama Hacienda La Esmeralda Ethiopia Landrace

Hibiscus, Dried Cranberry, Brown Sugar

Panama Hacienda La Esmeralda Ethiopia Landrace

Panama Hacienda La Esmeralda Ethiopia Landrace $24.00

  • 12oz
  • 2lb
Whole Bean
  • Whole Bean
  • Coarse (French Press)
  • Regular (Drip/Pour Over)
  • Fine
  • Espresso


Producer: Hacienda La Esmeralda
Farm: Finca El Velo

Boquete, Panama

Roast Level

Light Med Lt Med Med Drk Dark
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Tastes Like

Delicate and floral with flavors of hibiscus, dried cranberry, pomegranate, and brown sugar.

Floral, Berries, Spicy


5,577 feet


Ethiopian Landrace



The Story

A late visit to Panama’s renowned Hacienda La Esmeralda in March 2020 revealed this outstanding new coffee. The Peterson family, owners of Hacienda La Esmeralda, are well known for the rediscovery, separation and finally popularization of Gesha (or Geisha) variety coffee, and in 2012 they purchased a new piece of land to plant an experimental 124-acre farm, Finca El Velo. Although the farm includes plantings of Gesha and Catuaí, the most common varieties grown on Esmeralda’s other farms, there are tiny lots of other varieties like Laurina, Pacamara, Mocca and SL28, along with over 400 Landrace varieties from Ethiopia obtained from CATIE, the Tropical Agricultural Research Center. Landrace plants are grown from seeds that have not been systematically selected or developed by plant breeders. 

El Velo is part of a long-term exploration of the commercial viability of different coffee varieties. There are two garden plots on El Velo, totaling approximately 12 acres, that are dedicated to these Ethiopian Landrace varieties. This year the production was large enough that the harvest from these varied heirloom varieties were combined into one delicious, floral-toned lot.

Finca El Velo is planted up to elevations of near 6250 feet, but the property continues up the mountain all the way to 9,500 feet above sea level, where there is a protected nature reserve that is home to endangered species including the famous Quetzal. The Peterson family has owned and operated Hacienda La Esmeralda since 1967.

The heritage of the Arabica coffee that populates farms throughout the world can be traced back to a small number of trees from Ethiopia, where Arabica is native to and where many Landrace varieties exist. Consequently, the trees cultivated outside of Ethiopia have little genetic diversity relative to Ethiopia coffees. This is one of the reasons why coffees from Ethiopia are considered to be some of the best and most complex in the world.

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