BOQUETE: VALLEY OF RAINBOWS, FLOWERS… AND COFFEE
Finca Dos Jefes is located in Boquete, a small mountain village located in the highlands of Chiriqui, a province of Panama; known for it’s flower festival and the coffee that grows on its mountainsides.
The 7 acre, sustainable coffee farm is placed at 1,400 meters above sea level, located in the El Salto region of Boquete, on the road to Volcan Baru. Finca Dos Jefes is proudly owned by Dee Harris and Richard Lipner who purchased this abandoned coffee farm in 2003. It had been abandoned because of the low coffee prices in the 1990’s. At that time, farmers could not continue farming and selling to the global market. Originally planted in 1986, the farm took a great deal of work to bring back to production quality.
Finca Dos Jefes is now planted in 7 varieties of Arabica (Pacamara, Heirloom Bourbon, Gesha and its original Caturra, Catuai, Criollo and Catimor).
FARMING AND PROCESSING PRACTICES
All of our farming is done in alliance with the lunar calendar, or the phases of the moon. This means that during the waxing moon, when the force pulls upwards, we attend to the earth by selectively weeding and supplying the soil with organic nutrients. During the waning moon, when the earth inhales, we nurture the trees with careful pruning to foment growth during the next cycle of the increasing moon. We believe our return to this ancient farming practice produces the healthiest trees and the highest quality coffee under the moon.
After its picked, our coffee cherries dry on bamboo raised beds until they reach an 11% moisture content and are then set to rest for a 3-month period before they are peeled and ready for roasting (also done at the farm).