Elida Estate has been in the Lamastus family since its inception in 1918. Named for the wife of Robert Louis Lamastus, the farm is in the Alto Quiel region of Boquete, with a range of altitudes from 1670 to 1825 meters. It is mostly planted in Caturra, but there is a small amount of Bourbon varietal. More than half of this farm is located within the Volcan Baru National Park, a protected ecological reserve and sanctuary for exotic plants, birds and mammals. Elida has been a top finisher in the Best of Panama for years, and their wet process coffees are the epitome of the refined Boquete flavor profile.
The dry fragrance is very sweet, with floral aromas and cherry fruited notes. Adding water, the wet aromatics also have this cherry fruit scent (more like cherry pie), floral aspects, and cooked peach notes as well. The cup is juicy, delicate and yet quite layered in flavors as well. The fruit, as in the aroma, oscillates between stone fruit and cherry-like flavor, with a clean, sweet backdrop of honey. It's a bright coffee, but the malic acidity is not aggressive. The body is light and has a juicy mouthfeel which suits the cup flavors quite well. The coffee works well at a wide range of roasts, but there were a couple samples where the sweetness and floral-fruit notes really popped. This was (unsurprisingly) at City+ level, with a roast curve that was gentle enough, but did not baby the roast through the finish too slowly.