This is the third year that we at Manhattan coffee roasters have purchased from Guarumo and we’re thrilled to tell you that these new lots are just as stunning as the one’s that you’ve tasted in the past!
Owners Ratibor and Tessie Hartmann were in fact expecting their first main crop harvest in 2017 but due to increasingly extreme weather conditions the harvest was only a stunning 3.5kg total. Partly due to it’s high elevation and location in Santa Clara, right at the top of the Hartmann estates at 1750-1900.
Last year the yield was a significant increase but again due to the extreme conditions at Guarumo they only had a total yield of 19.5kg. This year has been more fruitful for Ratibor and Tessie as they have managed to produce approximately 150kg of coffee, which has also opened up some more varieties on their farm!
On to the variety, Af-2 an unusual name that has never been heard in Panama as far as varieties go. It has an incredible story, around 16 years ago Ratibor was gifted live seeds out of Ethiopia which were separated by varietal. The amount itself was only a handful of green coffee (about the size of a pocket full). Ratibor and Tessie were enthusiastic in getting these seeds into production regardless and spent the next 6-7 years working on replicating enough seeds to get a crop of samplings together to plant a new plantation in the upper reaches of the Hartmann estate.
The whereabouts of the origin of the beans in Ethiopia has been lost to time unfortunately but after rigorous cuppings we can confidently say that it’s origins lay somewhere in the Yirgacheffe region. It’s a delicate refined coffee, and has been naturally processed by way of indoor full dehydration, where a compressor has been used to remove moisture from the drying room in a faster and more consistent fashion. Expect notes of green melon, lemon blossom, lychee and pinot noir.