Emporium Estate

Emporium Estate

Location: Eastern slopes of Volcan Baru (map )
Growing Altitude: 1600 – 1650 masl.
Size of Farm: 14 ha
Certification: Organic cert. by Bio Latina
Awards: top 10 – Best of Panama 2004/2005
Coffee Varieties: Caturra, Yellow Catuai, Pacamara, Tipica
Processing: Natural processing, African raised beds
Harvest period: December – January
Flowering period: March – June
Annual Precipitation: 3700 mm
Soil: Volcanic clay
Type of Shade Trees: Ingas, Oranges, Mandarins, Lemons etc.
Labor practices: Ngöbe-Buglé Indians living on site in provided accomodation for the duration of harvest
Cup Profile: Intense dark chocolate flavors with sweet citrus acidity and clean aftertaste.

Farm History

Emporium is the new name given by Graciano Cruz after he acquired the farm from his brother Eduardo in 2007. Previously, this farm was known as Dona Berta. After placing among the top 10 coffees in the annual Best of Panama competition in 2004 and 2005, Dona Berta became a world-wide know Panamanian coffee farm.

Originally, this 14 Ha estate was divided into three smaller sections that belonged to three brothers. They independently planted first coffee trees approximately 40 years ago using various cultivars. Nowadays, the cultivar diversity is the primary reason of the current unique taste of Emporium microlots.

However, Emporium is not a coffee-only estate. Half of the property abounds with fruit trees of different types: oranges, mandarins, lemons, tangelos, guavas and avocados. Emporium is more like a garden rather than coffee plantation. During the blossoming period, when all the different aromas intermix, Emporium becomes a true paradise of scents and colors.

Where does the name come from?

The name of the farm was inspired by the Emporio creek, which runs in the lower part of the estate and continues all the way down to Palmira.


The farm is located between 1600 – 1650 masl at the upper part of Volcancito in Boquete. The climate is usually warmer in comparison to the higher altitude Los Lajones Estate. Average annual temperature of 21°C with 3700 mm of rainfall creates excellent conditions to grow coffee. The soils are rich mainly in organic matter (>17 %) and because of the volanic base, they posses high amounts of phosphorus, potassium and magnesium.

Both Emporium and Los Lajones are fully shade-grown farms. Native trees provide an important dwelling and nesting place for many birds and other animals.


A recent study realized by INBio (Costa Rica Biodiversity Institute), found more than 243 different bird species on our farms. The high-density shade forest also creates an ideal environment for insects and small wild mammals, which find their habitat here.

Coffee Varieties

The farm is highly diversified in regards to the coffee cultivars used. One may find Caturra, Catuai, Tipica and Bourbon trees, as well as Pache, Pacamara, San Ramon and even couple hundred trees of rare Arabica Purpurascens (the purple coffee tree).

New Crop

The whole 2009/2010 crop was processed on raised African beds, using purely Natural method. Emporium thus became possibly the first farm in Latin America that uses Natural processing for all of its coffee.

In the cup, Emporium microlots consistently show distinct and intense dark chocolate flavors with sweet citrus acidity and clean aftertaste.

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