|Renacimiento, Santa Clara
|Finca Las Brumas
About Finca Las Brumas
We are privileged to have a relationship with César Araúz and his farm, Finca Las Brumas. (The mists) This 60-acre farm is located in the famed Panama growing region on the border of Costa Rica. Las Brumas’ close proximity to La Amistad International Park, the largest natural reserve in Central America, brings a wealth of ecological advantages to this corner of Panama.
“Las Brumas Panamá Coffee Farm” is a family heritage that is part of an economic group dedicated to the marketing of the cherry coffee, the parchment coffee and the golden coffee, from the Arvesa Group, looking forward to market the coffee that is produced mainly in their farm; for an exclusive market.
The coffee farm is distributed in two globes of land, which contains 24.50 hectares of coffee in growth and production.
Its current owner, César Araúz, is responsible for the agronomic part, the wet and dry milling process, besides being in charge of the quality control of the coffee that is produced in this farm. Its current owner has had studies related to the Coffee Denomination of Origin and currently he is a Q grader, which accredits him as a certified Specialty Coffee Asociation of America (SCAA) coffee taster.
This agricultural company is located in the Township of Santa Clara, District of Renacimiento, Province of Chiriquí, Republic of Panamá, at a minimum height ranging from 1,360 meters above sea level up to 1,490.00 meters above sea level.
The most important varieties of coffee in this farm are the Caturra and Catuai, Geisha, San Ramon and Jardin. In 2015 a replanting of Geisha and Pacamara varieties was done.
Among the cultural practices are the periodic fertilization, foliar applications, and most of the products used are green label. Everyday we try to implement good agricultural practices that tend to the environmental conservation. We do not use herbicides in the farm since 2007.
Part of the history or binnacle of “Finca Las Brumas” says that generally the coffee harvest starts at about the end of October with the first grainning, with a peak of harvest during the months of December and January to finish the process of peeling twice at the end of February.
The land where coffee is planted is presented in a topography ranging from semi-broken, broken and plain in its lower parts. The manpower used in this farm is purely indigenous “Ngobe Bugle”, from the areas of Tole, San Felix and Alto Chamin.
The room areas for the workers consist of wooden camps, keeping the local tradition of each of the natives that work in the farm.
All the farm is assisted by 6 permanent laborers that do the agricultural works, and they are kept in the Social Security system, canceling their employment benefits as required by law.
Farm crops in growth are between 2 meters by 1.25 mostly, and in other parts where there is not so much sun penetration between 2 meters by 1.50. The 2 meters hint between street, and the 1.25 and 1.50 between plants.
Pruning is done every year at the end of the crop, specifically in March and April. This is accompanied by a desuckering or deshooting.
The production farm is exempt from glyphosate and herbicides. The grass is cut periodically in the farm at the end of April and at the beginning of May and in mid September.
The first fertilization is done in the first fortnight of March. The second fertilization is done at the beginning of May and the third one at the beginning of September.
Coffee berry borer controls are made, collecting the coffee beans that are left once finished with the harvest; borer traps are placed and also the application of Bauveria Bassiana is done in all the farm.
Tastings have been held of the coffee that is produced in the farm and with certified tasters that have determined that the coffee, besides of having a clean cup, has an excellent aroma, good synergy between the body and balance, with citrus and chocolate flavor.
What “Finca Las Brumas” wishes to highlight is the exclusiveness that is given to the client-consumer that its coffee, besides keeping a program of good agricutlural practices, certifies that what you are consuming is 100% coffee and that it is exclusive from the farm where it is produced. This guarantees the consumer that he or she is getting a product that has gone through a good treatment, that it is a wholesome product, harmless and with an excellent quality.
Coffee from “Las Brumas Panamá Coffee Farm”, has been shown in the trade Fair of Anaheim California (2009) Portland Oregon (2011) and in the Coffee, Tea and Wine Fair held in November 2013 in Taiwan, Taipei, Atlanta (2016) places where this coffee had a good acceptance, mainly the one that was worked in a natural way in the varieties of Caturra-Catuai (blend), and in a small proportion the Geisha, that is produced in the farm.