This project is about far more than just coffee. I believe the project's mission is imperative in changing the perspective of coffee and what it stands for. It was started by the same team from the renowned farm, La Palma y El Tucan, and it has an amazing vision. CCD has taken over a very old processing facility in Panama, which has been decommissioned for many years now. They've not only turned this into a coffee mecca but also created a platform for artists. This project will host an artist residency and will fuse the worlds of specialty coffee with eco-tourism and art.
This particular lot is part of the Neighbours and Crops program. CCD buys cherry at premiums from nearby producers. Maribel Gonzalez, the producer for M11, grows the coffee. Creativa Coffea District is responsible for the processing, dry milling, branding, and logistics. This allows their neighbors to focus their efforts on other areas of life, confident that their coffee will be purchased at a sustainable price.
M11 is a natural process CCD calls "Static Cherry":
"Anaerobic fermentation allows us to stimulate the bacteria and yeast growth that flourishes in oxygen-free environments. The fermentation phase ranges from 24 hours to 216 hours. We noticed that the lots with shorter fermentations present more lactic and subtle profiles, with higher acidity and sweetness. On the other hand, while cupping the results from more extended fermentations, we perceived more intense flavors. We get stronger profiles with an acidity that brings an effervescence and a staggering complexity to the palette."
This particular lot comes from a farm called Clavo de Oro, which is owned by Ricardo Gonzalez. This lot was produced by his daughter, Maribel Gonzalez.
Producer: Creativa Coffea District
Region: Boquete, Panama
Variety: Mostly Catuai, with Typica & Catuai
Tasting Notes: Bright tropical fruits, passionfruit, pineapple, blackberry jam, heavy body, dark chocolate.