We are always excited to see Casa Ruiz coffee! We remember carrying this coffee in the early days of BCT, way back to 2003 (17 years of playing with coffee goes quick!); which is just recent history for this farm.
It has been a couple seasons since we have seen a very nice, sweet and delicate coffee from the Ruiz family. Panama coffee has been changing rapidly in the last 10 years, where once they had a focus on quantity to compete on the world wide traded market, they soon couldn’t compete on price with low coffee markets and higher standards of living and wages compared to the neighboring countries. Those Panamanian farmers who survived this change focused strictly on boutique high quality production, which is exactly what the specialty market wants and is willing to pay for. Thus becoming a win-win for everyone. Panama is leading the way on high quality sustainable coffee along with successfully selling almost all of its coffee at real living wages with the best of the best taking all time records for the worlds most expensive coffee.
“The Ruiz family, who since 1920 has been growing and processing some of the finest coffee Panama has to offer. For three generations the Casa Ruiz and the Ruiz family have transformed what used to be a single-family farm into a specialty enterprise that also processes, packages and roasts. Today the operation is managed by brother and sister, Plinio and Maria Ruiz, who like their parents and grandparents before them are dedicated to growing top-quality varietals high up in the cool, natural shade canopy of the Boquete mountains. The Panama Jaguar Boquete is grown from an assortment of arabica trees, including Pacamara, Geisha, Catuai, Typica, Yellow Bourbon and Maragogype.”
Tasting Notes: Lighter roasts show some nice and sweet lemony acidity, a bit floral in its character balancing with a bit of a nutty/malty undertone. A nice and clean cup that works well for those lighter roast fans. Medium roasts drop the acidity a bit but retains its sweeter edge and builds up the body a bit producing a very chug-able cup of coffee. A little hint of soft fruit to be found especially as the cup cools. Darker roasts although very low acidity and full of dark tones is still a bit exotic, the floral aromatics still come through and the combination of smoky and the sweeter malt tones create a winning combination.
Roasting Notes: A stand up cup from light to dark. First roast try whatever level you fall back on. A little more expensive bean for its cleaner taste properties at the lighter roasts points but if you don’t like a little acidity, make sure to go a little fuller on the roast. Medium chaff and fairly even roasting for being a strain blend.