Graciano Cruz is an experimental agronomist who has created a farm at Los Lajones under perfect conditions to undertake research on producing exquisite and delicious coffee. This particular coffee is very light and fruity. A mix of blackcurrant, red grapes, malic acidity and honey with a sweet crumble finish.
Graciano Cruz has created a farm at Los Lajones that is the perfect conditions to undertake research to investigate how to improve quality at the farm. As an experimental agronomist he can harness his training to produce exquisite coffee. The land was first planted with coffee trees in 1992, prior to this it was cattle pasture so the volcanic soil is enriched with nutrients supporting high quality organic production. The elevations define the farm as highland cloud forest and it is planted with primary oak woodland at greater than 60% of the land. Los Lajones has a strong biodiversity principle, focussing on botanics, birds, mushrooms and butterflies. During the season the farm is noted for the good labour standards provided for the Ngöbe-Buglé Indians workers coffee pickers who are indigenous to Panama. A high standard of accommodation is provided on the farm. From an environmental approach the honey and Natural process are considered the most ecologically sound method of post-harvest processing. There is no fermentation or washing step so utilizes minimal to nil water. And the natural sun drying on raised beds saves electricity and fossil fuels.