Panama Finca Sophia Gesha Natural | Equator Coffees
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Zoom Panama Finca Sophia Gesha Natural - Equator Coffees
Zoom Panama Finca Sophia Gesha Natural - Equator Coffees

Panama Finca Sophia Gesha Natural

The award-winning coffee from Equator's own coffee farm in Panama. Brew an unforgettable cup with sparkling flavors of blackberry, rose hips, and cardamom.

Roasted fresh & shipped from the Equator Coffees Roastery every Wednesday.

Due to extremely limited availability, orders are restricted to 4 bags per customer.

Origin Story

Brooke McDonnell, Helen Russell, Willem Boot

Finca Sophia is a coffee farm co-owned by Equator Coffees. The farm is located in the highlands of Panama at an altitude that tops 2,100 meters, making it one of the highest farms in Central America. Founded in 2008, Finca Sophia is planted almost exclusively with the rare and celebrated Gesha variety. Pairing this legendary coffee variety with the extreme altitude at the farm, results in a one-of-a-kind coffee.

Finca Sophia is considered an experimental farm and was established to test the ceiling of coffee cultivation in Panama. While higher elevations promote slow fruit maturation and high quality, it also presents a myriad of challenges for coffee producers. On Finca Sophia, cool soil temperatures slow the natural decomposition process, resulting in less nutrient rich organic matter in the soil. Limited sun exposure due to the farm’s topography and the region’s microclimate compound these difficulties, but farm manager Kelley Hartmann and his team are considering creative ways to increase the temperature of the soil. For the time being, they are focusing on shade management and ensuring the coffee plants get enough nutrients through fertilization. Having insight into the challenges faced on Finca Sophia gives us even more appreciation for the hard work and dedication that goes into producing this special coffee, and all the coffees that we source.

Altitude
Altitude

6,250-7,000 feet

Variety
Variety

Gesha

Processing
Processing

Natural

Why We Love This Coffee

Our first harvest of Finca Sophia was selected as a 2016 Good Food Awards winner, and if that wasn’t enough, Finca Sophia has also won the prestigious Best of Panama coffee competition in the Washed Gesha category twice, in 2017 and 2020. With these awards, Finca Sophia now ranks as one of the best coffee farms in Panama. Unlike the washed method where the coffee fruit gets pulped off of the seeds after harvesting, in the natural method the fruit is left fully intact and dried on raised beds, imparting distinctly fruity flavors into the coffee.

Good Coffee, Better Planet

We treasure our relationships in the global coffee community and invest in projects at origin to
support our partners in their commitment to environmental sustainability and social welfare. We also invest in reducing our day-to-day impact, through initiatives like energy-efficient Loring Smart Roasters to reduce carbon emissions per batch by 80%.

As a certified B Corporation, we are a leader in sustainable practices that impact people and the planet. This third-party certification requires us to demonstrate transparency and accountability throughout our supply chain and quantify the impact our business creates for our employees, the community, and the environment. We are proud to be part of this community working together toward one unifying goal: using business as a force for good.

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