Since 1920 the Ruiz family has been growing and processing some of the finest coffee Panama has to offer. For three generations the Ruiz family has transformed what used to be a single-family farm into a specialty enterprise that also processes, packages and roasts. Today, the operation is managed by brother and sister, Plinio and Maria Ruiz, who like their parents and grandparents before them are dedicated to growing top-quality varietals, high up in the cool, natural shade canopy of the Boquete mountains.
Over the years, Casa Ruiz has earned a reputation for quality, and consistency. They have remained on the cutting edge of processing techniques and packaging solutions. The farm employs a permanent staff of 74 workers that balloons to nearly 900 during their harvest. Thanks to their strict, high standards, only the ripest, red cherries are picked, processed, and sorted by grow method, altitude, varietal, and bean size. In their own words, Casa Ruiz is “dedicated to the art of producing high-end quality coffee from Boquete by being good stewards of what has been entrusted to us – our environment and its resources.”
Casa Ruiz utilizes both traditional growing methods and modern, eco-friendly techniques to be able to consistently provide a superior crop, while maintaining a healthy natural environment for future generations. Natural shade trees provide cover for the coffee plants as well as food and shelter for migratory and resident bird species, and mineral rich volcanic soil supports the needs of many different specialty varietals.
Plinio and Maria support social sustainability and empowerment initiatives, including local literacy and professional development programs, the teaching of technical aspects of organic farming, coffee industry education and even barista training. They have also helped build a model program to help the indigenous Ngäbe people obtain organic certification for coffee grown on their land; in fact over three hundred independent, small-scale family farms partner with Casa Ruiz to process and market their coffee.
|Producer:||Maria and Plinio Ruiz|
|Variety:||Pacamara, Geisha, Catuai, Typica, Yellow Bourbon, Maragogype|
|Altitude:||4,900 - 5,400 ft (1500 - 1650m)|
|Harvest:||December - March|