The Coffee Farm at Damarli Estate
Damarli Estate is located in between Palmira Arriba and Volcancito in the Boquete Valley at an elevation of 1450m to 1500m. It sits west of the Volcan Baru and faces toward the Pacific Ocean in the south.
Panama is one of the smallest producers of coffee in the world, however has received international acclaim in world competitions consistently due to the unique coffees being produced in the different regions. This can be traced back to the terroir of the Panamanian coffee regions and the know-how of the producers. In regards to the terroir, the Specialty Coffee Association of Panama has begun to identify the microclimates in Panama to distinguish the unique coffee terroirs. Boquete Valley has distinct microclimates, making it one of the most diverse coffee growing regions in Panama.
Micro Climates of Boquete
The driving factor behind the different micro climates in Boquete is due to the unique weather patterns. The Boquete Valley sits in a bowl formed due to the convergence of the Talamanca mountain range and the Volcan Baru giving the region a very rugged mountainous terrain. The Boquete Valley sits in a climate zone that normally would have a distinct rainy season for eight months and a distinct dry season for four months. However, due to the annual shifting of the trade winds and the more tropical province of Bocas del Toro to the north, the regions of the Boquete Valley do not experience the same weather.
In Boquete there are two major Humid Equatorial Climates as classified by Koppen-Geiger World Climates, 1) Am - short dry seasons 2) Aw - distinct wet and dry seasons. The corregimientos of Los Naranjos and Jaramillo are closer to the Talamanca mountain range experience a weather more similar to Bocas de Toro, which is classified as Am climates. This is because the shifting northeast trade winds blow the rains from Bocas del Toro over the continental divide as an often dense misty rain, locally known as Bajareque. Corregimientos that are further from the Talamanca such as Palmira and Alto Boquete are classified as AW with more distinct wet and dry seasons.
Damarli Estate Climate & Terroir
Damarli Estate is located in between Palmira Arriba and Volcancito in the Boquete Valley at an elevation of 1450m to 1500m. It sits west of the Volcan Baru and faces toward the Pacific Ocean to the South. The soils are a deep volcanic sandy clay loam. It is a total of 18 hectares with 12 hectares under coffee cultivation and 6 hectares still persevered as primary forest.
Currently the estate is divided into 11 different plots based on the topography of the estate. Plots 1, 8, 9, 10 & 11 have a southern exposure, while Plots 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7 have more northern exposures. As described previously Boquete has two distinct climates. Damarli Estate sits in an Aw climate, giving the region a distinct rainy season and a distinct dry season. This allows for raised bed drying as there is rarely any bajareque that makes its way across the Boquete Valley to the base of the Volcan Baru. Additionally with the dense primary forest located on the estate, the beneficio and the drying beds are protected from the strong northeast trade winds that come blowing in during the dry season. Between the distinct dry season and the protection from the winds this gives Damarli an ideal site to dry and process coffees.