(Please note that this coffee is roasted to order once a week on Tuesdays)
Auromar S.A. is a Brenes-Eleta family project in Panama, devoted to the production of high quality Geishas and other SHB coffees, in a sustainable, friendly environment. The Auromar Farm “Finca la Aurora” is situated in the highlands of Candela, Chiriquí, Panama.
The farm is comprised of 30.5 hectares with the farmed area among the two-thirds of the lower elevations. The rest remain pristine highland tropical forest in the highest parts of the property. This intentional demarcation was developed to strike a balance between coffee yields and forest preservation.
Shade is provided by endemic species of trees and high-altitude Hass avocado trees. As shade is much heavier than in other farms in the region, the area enjoys a stable microclimate offering very little swings from day heat to night chill (between 16-24C yearly).
The Natural process Geisha is by definition more complex and time consuming than the Washed process. It consists of letting the coffee cherries dry in the open either on the ground or in meshed bins until ready and then moved to the mill to remove the dried peel and pulp.
All of the Auromar Natural drying process is done on premises. The ripe cherries are hand-carried to the process area in the farm, no more than 800 meters from the farthest tree. There, the cherries are laid on African raised beds made from wood and mesh screens that allow adequate airflow and sunlight. The coffee is allowed to dry during the day, and some moonlighted nights. Weather dependent, it will take between 20 to 30 days to complete the process with very ripe, middle or late harvest cherries.