Producer Spotlight: Auromar Panama
What comes to your mind when you hear IronMan? A Marvel superhero or a competition for the toughest athletes in the world? Beyond imagining Tony Stark running a marathon, a real Ironman can be found in Panama embodied as one of the finest coffees grown by Auromar Coffees, a project from the Elena-Brenes family and run by Roberto Brenes. In the middle of the tropical forest in Candela, Chiriqui, the devotion for producing high quality Arabigas and superior Geishas drives Roberto and his family to run the farm that has been awarded several times in the Best Of Panama competition.
Roberto Brenes - The IronMan
Source: Auromar Coffees.
The name of Auromar Panama Coffees and the name of Finca La Aurora comes after Roberto's daughter Aurora, and the winning lots in BOP are named after his granddaughters (Camilina and Catalina), making growing coffees a "family affair". Although the farm size is around 40 hectares, most of Auromar coffees are coming from 14 hectares farmed area where the shade, soil and altitude give to their coffees the sharping notes, unique acidity and long lasting flavors and aromas. Because of its location, the farm enjoys a stronger shading compared to neighboring farms and the harvest cycle starts in late December and finishes in March when these outstanding coffees are ready to be picked and processed.
Panama's terroir make of their coffees one of the best in world, when the volcanic soil, tropical weather, elevation and human techniques can produce the equivalent to Pinot Noir wines according to Roberto. Through the different stages of growing, picking, and processing, the native population of Gnabe-Bugle are always carefully taking care of every cherry to ensure the best quality while they benefit from Auromar's corporate social responsibility programs. Auromar offers economic incentives and wages above average in order to mitigate the problems related to their socioeconomic condition and nomad lifestyle. We are glad to partner up with a company that have positive impact in the surrounding communities
Source: Auromar Coffees. Gnabe Bugle native
The list of accolades is large for such a young project*:
2013 Best of Panama 1st Place Geisha Natural
2015 96 PTS Auromar Geisha Natural Peaberry PT's Coffee Roasting Co.
2015 95 PTS Auromar Camilina Geisha Dragonfly Coffee Roasters
2015 94 PTS Auromar Camilina Geisha Natural Willioughby's Coffee & Tea
2016 Coffee 95 PTS Geisha Natural Dragonfly Coffee Roasters
2016 Coffee Review 93 PTS Geisha Natural Dragonfly Coffee Roasters
2016 Best of Panama 1st Place Geisha Natural
2017 Coffee Review 96 PTS Auromar Geisha Natural Willioughby's Coffee & Tea
201795 PTS Auromar Geisha Peaberry PTs Coffee Roasting
2018: Coffee Review 95 PTS Auromar Geisha Peaberry Bird Rock Coffee Roasters
2018 Coffee Review 96 PTS Auromar Geisha Natural Willioughby's Coffee & Tea
2019: Best of Panama, 6th Place with Geisha Natural
2020: Best of Panama 5th Place Geisha natural
Coffee Exchange and Auromar
This year we have partnered with Auromar Coffees to bring their superior coffees to China where this farm is famous and well-known in the market. We are excited of having among our portfolio two of the best lots that have been awarded and ranked in the Best Of Panama: Natural Geisha and Washed Geisha (known as Ironman). For the Natural Geisha, we are selling a combination of the young trees of lots 1,2,3 and lot no. 6 which is the 2016 champion in the BOP known as Camilina where the younger lots provide sharper cupping notes and the lot no.6 gives to this blend a long lasting aromas and flavors.
Following the requirements of our customers, we are also bringing to China the Ironman, Auromar's Washed Geisha that combines both lot no.4 and no.5 which are currently competing in the Best of Panama, Worth to note that the lot no.5 was in 2013 the champion in BOP and being the first version of the famous IRONMAN. All of these lots have been ranked in the top position for BOP in different years We are offering to the roasters the one of the best coffees from Panama (among the selection of other farms we currently have in stock).
We endeavor ourselves to actively promote our Coffees. We have organized a cupping session for our roasters to taste Auromar's coffees (among others from Panama). The response from the roasters was excellent where they praised the coffees we are selling and appreciating we offer them a unique sensorial experience.
Auromar Cupping event
Source: Coffee Exchange
* Source of the list of accolades: Please visit Auromar's website for more information: https://www.auromarpanama.com