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Iris Estate - Afterglow 2022 (Natural)

Tasting notes of pineapple jam, peach, apricot

Producers: Jamison Savage, Saša Šestić, Elvin Siew
Process: Natural
Altitude: 1850 - 2300m
Lot: Afterglow
Varietal: Green Tip Geisha

Iris Estate is your window into the world of coffee cultivation and production. This co-owned and managed farm in the highest of heights in Panama exists to explore the possibilities of coffee agriculture, discover the depths of processing techniques and celebrate the true superheroes of the industry: the producers. The three owners of this estate want to share every aspect of what it takes to grow and produce the perfect cup of coffee that tastes like the terroir from which it grew. Iris Estate is here to celebrate terroir based processing, the work of the producer, and the trees as being the number one source of coffee quality.

Processing Details

  • Cherries are meticulously harvested perfectly ripe at a reading over 21ºBrix
  • Cherries are immediately taken to the drying house at Finca Deborah and spread out on the top level of the three tier, raised African bed system 
  • Cherries are maintained at a specific depth of layering to prevent over-fermentation 
  • The Finca Deborah drying room controls temperature, heat, humidity and airflow to ensure cherries have optimal conditions to enhance the best flavours 
  • Cherries are consistently agitated throughout the day during the first several days to enable consistent drying and to prevent mould 
  • After several days on the top level under direct sunlight cherries are moved to the second level to continue drying for up to 30 days 
  • Slower, labourious, and methodical drying processes prove essential to allow the coffee to absorb layered, natural and complex flavours from the fruit o Moisture content is reduced to 10.5-11% o Beans are stored in dried cherry pods and placed in grain-pro bags that are stored in bodega for up to 90 days 
  • This “reposo” or rest period allows the coffee to stabilise and equalise its humidity levels while also absorbing more flavours and sweetness from the dried fruit 
  • Beans are then hulled and selected for density, size, shape and colour before being lightly vacuum sealed ready for export

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