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Panama l Kotowa Mandarina l Gesha l Washed

Farm: Finca Don K

Varietal: Gesha

Processing: Fully Washed

Altitude: 1700 meters above sea level

Owner: Ricardo Koyner

Town / City: Boquete

Region: Chiriqui


Flavor: Currants, Red Grape, Black Tea
Body: Good Structure and clean body
Acidity: Bright Acidity & Sweetness
Score: 90

 

The Kotowa farms (which include Finca Don K – where this coffee is grown) were named by Alexander Duncan MacIntyre, a Canadian who settled in the Boquete region in 1918. Inspired by the high, cool climate of the area, he used the name ‘Kotawa,’ meaning "mountain" in the local Ngobe language to designate the land that included the Kotowa estate. While in Canada, Alexander became curious over an unexplored region in Panama located on the slopes of a mysterious volcano called Boquete. The stories in the newspapers during his era captivated him. He went, he discovered, he fell in love. Four generations later, Alexander's family is still cultivating and processing coffee in the same traditional way. On the volcanic slopes of the farm, you can see the distant Pacific Ocean on one side and the nearby rugged mountains of the continental divide on the other. This area is naturally blessed with a climate where the perfect combination of rain, wind, sunshine, clouds and temperature produce an organic coffee with distinctive character. The production and processing of the coffee fully takes environmental sustainability into account. The farm’s ecological mill uses only 1/2 litre per lb of green coffee, a volume far lower than the 10 -20 liters used by many other mills in the world. All the by-products from the milling activity, including pulp and waste water, are used to produce the organic fertilizer that is used on the farm. This is responsible farming at its best.