Richard and Dee purchased Finca Dos Jefes in April of 2003. It had been abandoned as a working farm because of the low coffee prices during the 1990s. At that time, small farmers could not continue to farming and marketing to the global market.
The farm, originally planted in 1986, needed a great deal of work to bring it back to production quality. Once soil analysis was completed, appropriate and approved certified organic inputs were added to the soil. The fertilizer process started with guayanasa, chicken manure and various nutrients to strengthen and increase the growth of the coffee cherries.
The farm is planted in Caturra, Catuai, Criollo and Gesha trees which were trimmed and replanted where necessary. Farming is done is alliance with the lunar calendar and traditional, hand-picked harvesting is practiced.
The coffee cherries are dried with the skin and fruit intact on raised drying beds. The sun preserves the natural flavors of the coffee. The cherries are dried to 11% moisture content and then placed in reposada for a minimum of 3 months before they are peeled and ready for roasting.
Finca dos Jefes continues with the traditional, hand processing of the beans as they are peeled with this mortar and pestle. Finally, the green beans are ready for the perfect roast.
CAFES DE LA LUNA
Organic estate grown coffee cultivated with the phases of the moon…
The Story of Finca Dos Jefes:
The seven acre coffee farm, Finca Dos Jefes, is located in the highlands of Boquete, Panama – a coffee growing region sometimes referred to as the Napa Valley of coffee. It’s rich volcanic soil and ideal climate have recently produced some of the highest rated coffees in the world. Appropriately labeled “Cafes de la Luna”, this finca has set out to grow the healthiest, most natural, and most flavorful coffee on this planet.
Finca Dos Jefes received its organic certification in 2004 and began the process of reclaiming the neglected farm.
Cafes de la Luna are farmed in alliance with the forces of the moon. 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.
Sit back in the Coffee House and enjoy a cup of your favorite – Cafes de la Luna
PLAN YOUR TOUR
A coffee tour of Finca Dos Jefes is unlike any other coffee tour in Boquete.
Tours are very unique – they are a semi-private, in-depth and hands-on experience. The owners keep tours small and answer every question — from growing coffee to living in Panama.
After hearing the facts about the farming and harvesting activities, each participant lends a hand to the process. Depending on the season, guests have picked cherries, peeled skins and even planted young trees. It’s not heavy labor, it’s a fun time being on the finca.
Another unique feature of our tour is coffee tasting and roasting beans to take home. Every coffee drinker has a preference, and every tour roasts beans to satisfy those taste buds. You will take home a bag of your specially roasted beans to enjoy later.
Finally, you will learn about the marketing and distribution of specialty coffee beans. This business-side of the story will take our beans from Panama to consumers in America.
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