At present our customers around the world have the opportunity to purchase our coffee with ahigh-quality processing standard while maintaining our selling profile of special coffees.
History of coffee in Panama named Finca Lerida
The reputation of Finca Lérida is as old as the first shipment of Panamanian coffee exported to Germany in its history, in 1929.
From its spectacular landscape sprang a coffee of such high quality, that soon the consumer countries of the aromatic coffee realized that Panama had other unique attractions, beyond the Canal. One of these was, and remains, Finca Lerida.
In 1924, engineer Toleff Bache Mönniche along with his wife moved to Finca Lerida. Here he built his house completely by hand in a Norwegian countryside style, and built the first Coffee Plantation by gravity in Panama.
In 1929, Finca Lerida exported to Germany its first shipment of Panamanian coffee, and this began Panama´s high reputation as one of the exotic coffees of greater quality in Europe.
Once completed the house, Tollef was devoted to develop the coffee activity. Monniche knew perfectly well that in order to produce good coffee is not only necessary the best grain harvest, but should be well benefited (a type of process) to ensure the high quality of the final product. It was then when he began the task of designing and building the first Coffee Plantation by gravity that existed in Panama, and very soon it will be seen in the Coffee Museum in Lerida.
The engineer Monniche design and patented a siphon system for this plantation, whose use was subsequently extended to Central America and other places.
At that time it was cultivated native coffee, which required shade, and in 1929 the plantation was able to produce 930 quintals of coffee of the highest quality. This harvest was exported almost in its entirety to Germany, was the first export of coffee from Panama to the Germanic country, and was sold for a price three times higher than the one then received in Boquete.
Finca Lerida is currently managed by the Chiari Amoruso Family, who coordinate the appropriate growth process of coffee, protect the lush virgin forest that surrounds the property and offer a genuine stay for all visitors to the Boutique Hotel Finca Lerida that is located in the middle of the coffee plantation.