Origins: Panama


Overview

Altitude Range: 1200 - 2000m


Language Spoken: Spanish


Harvest: November-March


Annual Coffee Production: 100,000 bags (Crop 2013) - ICO


Common Varieties: Arabica, Caturra, Catuai, Typica, Geisha, Mundo Novo.


Avg Farm Size: Small farms, 0 – 10 hectares. 

Growing Regions

Province of Chiriqui,  Renacimiento, Volcan, Boquete

Boquete

Boquete Has a 100 years tradition in cultivating coffee. Is the oldest coffee district in Panama, and the homeland of the most highly priced coffees in the world.

Province of Chiriqui

Chiriqui is a very productive area of the country mainly because of its weather and fertile soils. The highlands of Chiriqui are composed by two main areas: Boquete and Volcan.

Volcan

The fertile soil in the area is influenced by the surrounding volcano

Processing

Washed and natural. 

Production History

After the coffee crisis of 1996, when the coffee prices were really low the Panama coffee industry decided to make a change on the way they were doing business. The increase in the interest of the specialty coffee sector was a new way to work on the coffee industry. A group of producers organized themselves with the idea of promoting their specialty coffee. The producers were from Boquete and Volcan area.

After a couple of months the Association of Specialty Coffee Of Panama was borne with 6 members. In the present days, there are 30 members, which export their coffee to all over the world, and have been awarded with global recognition.

Today Panama is known in the specialty coffee industry for their increased production of the Geisha Variety. Some larger estates have dedicated their land to Geisha production and hold worldwide online auctions to sell their coffee to the highest bidder. The environmental conditions have proven to be extremely supportive of this variety, and the sale of Geisha from Panama has been a testament to the growing specialty market for extremely high end and quite expensive coffee.