Finca dos Jefes is located in the highlands of Boquete, Panama and is proudly owned by Richard and Dee Lipner, formerly of Berkeley, California.
Richard and Dee purchased the El Salto farm 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.
Finca Dos Jefes also has the best Coffee Tour in Boquete Panama, more information is on their website. BoqueteCoffeeTour