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The Ponderosa farm is located between 1.300 and 1.700 meter on the slopes of Volcan Baru, facing the Pacific ocean. Set in the middle of the mountains and a native rain forest, that covers about 40% of the property, the finca has a great variety of flora and fauna. The ever-changing climate where the rain, sun and changing temperature create a perfect balance, provides the base for an excellent cup.


5 years ago Mr. Gilberto Cardoze acquired the Finca Ponderosa originally as a cattle farm, but being so close to the Cordillera and on the slopes of El Volcan, he soon noticed, that he was the owner of some prime coffee growing country. As a successful entrepreneur coffee has long been Gilberto’s passion and with the new land and the support of his quality manager Ratibor Hartmann who brings with him life long experience in coffee farming and processing, he made this dream of him come true. 


It is only the second year of real production outcome at Ponderosa but already the stakes have been set high, based on an amazing cup profile that the environment of the finca and the people working its coffee are creating.

At the moment the only two varietals already producing coffee are Geisha and Bourbon, but there are a lot more that were planted and expect to produce in the next few years, even a few varietals new to Panama. All the coffee on the farm is shade grown, under a native rainforest cover.

  • Finca: Ponderosa Coffee Estate

  • Owner: Gilberto and Gilberto Cardoze

  • Town / Region: Cordillera, Chiriqui

  • Varietals: Geisha, Bourbon

  • Altitude:  1.400-1.700mts

  • Processing: Washed, Natural, Honey, Experimentals

  • Packaging: Vacuum packed and boxed

  • Harvest Time: January– April

  • Our current offers: Geisha

  • Website:  @ponderosacoffee


The processing facilities at Ponderosa are all new and state of the art. Besides African raised beds and mechanical driers there were also some stainless-steel tanks installed for adding fermentation (aerobic and anaerobic) to the processing, creating a wide pallet of amazing flavours in the coffees.

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