Panama Damarli Estate Redwood Wine Yeast Maceration
Nougat, strawberries, stone fruit, sugar cane, cardamon, milk chocolate. Full velvet body with winey aftertaste.
This experimental nanolot has totally blown our minds since the first moment we tried it. Keith and his family has managed to produce absolutely unique coffee, using maceration and wine yeast fermentation, while the cherries were sealed in redwood barrels.
Farm: Damarli Estate
Farm manager: David and Lia Pech, Keith Pech
Protected area: 18 hectares
Average tree age 20 years
Soil: Rich deep volcanic soil originating fro last eruption of the Baru Volcano ca. 300 BC
Harvest months: January - April
Variaties: Catuai/Caturra, Pacamara, SL-28, Laurina
Processing: Natural - full cherry maceration and fermentation with wine yeast in sealed redwood barrels for 7 days
Damarli Estate dates back to 1995 when David Pech, a NASA engineer and photographer in the United States and his wife Lia Pech (Ruiz) bought the farm from a bank foreclosure. Lia’s family, the Ruiz family, had been heavily involved in the coffee industry in Boquete for four generations; thus David and Lia were encouraged to get involved with the family industry as well.
Damarli, as a name came from a combination of the original investors: David and David’s father and mother Manfred and Ruth and his wife Lia. For over one decade Damarli Estate sold the raw coffee cherries to Casa Ruiz, which was Lia’s family’s coffee business. In 2014, David and Lia’s son Keith moved from the US to Panama in order to begin a new project, starting a whole new chapter in Panama.
Keith began to identify all the unique coffee varieties that were grown at Damarli Estate and began to attend international coffee shows to market the coffee. DE coffee is now found in Europe, US, South Korea, Taiwan, China, and the UAE. Since 2015 David has also built a house on the estate to accept visitors, a new mill, drying beds and a coffee tasting lab. David also began to experiment with new yeast processes. These experiments yielded results in 2019 Damarli Estate gained its first two titles in the Best of Panama: 1st place Pacamara and 2nd Place Traditional Natural.