In the late 19th century, immigrants from diverse countries arrived in Panama, contracted to begin construction on a canal to connect the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. These early attempts to build a canal failed of course, and some of these immigrants moved to the Boquete region to find a better life.
One of these immigrants was Abdeljad Saudi, who later changed his name to Domingo Suarez. Suarez began coffee farming in 1920 and, two generations later, the eight estates of the Suarez farms are administered by three of his grandchildren.
Coffee from the Camiseta Estate is grown near the top of the Baru Volcano, the highest mountain in the Central System. After being harvested, beans are processed at the family’s mill in Cochea, Dolega. Beans are carefully washed, naturally fermented, pre-dried on patios, machine dried to maintain homogeneity, and then stored in Grain Pro bags to rest.
Altitude: 1,500—1,700 meters
Varietal: Tipica, Caturra, Catuai
Process: Fully washed, sun and machine-dried
Tasting Notes: Full-bodied cup with lemony acidity. Notes of dark chocolate, sweet nougat, orange blossom, and a caramel finish.