Panama coffee production took place in the Boquete Valley until the early twentieth century, although coffee grew wild throughout the Pacific coast region of Panama until the production did not match domestic consumption. The International Coffee Organization (ICO) has grouped light arabica as a variety of coffee grown in Panama. The best quality coffee in Panama is grown in Boquete. In the 2008 Coffee Magazine, two Panama coffees received a higher rating and recorded record prices than Costa Rican coffee. This is mainly due to the unprecedented success of the Geisha variety. This variety comes from Ethiopia and arrived in Tanzania and Costa Rica in the 1960s in Panama.

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Panama is most distinguished for cultivating a variety of Geisha coffee plants. Raised in the Chiriqui province of Panama, Geisha has won numerous coffee tasting awards in recent years, creating a high demand for coffee at auctions.

Altitude range: 1200 – 2000 meters above sea level;

Spoken language: Spanish;

Harvest: November – March;

Annual coffee production: average 125,000 bags;

Common varieties: Arabica, Geisha, Caturra, Typica, Catuai, Mundo Novo;

Average farm size: small farms, 0 – 10 hectares.

At present, there do not appear to be fair trade certified organic or green beans available for sale on the Panama market.

Distinguishing Qualities Of Panama Geisha Coffee

Geisha coffee plants are known for their elongated coffee cherries, and the coffee is distinguished by its light body, bright acidity, and jasmine-like aroma, with honey and citrus flavors, creating a remarkable character and profile.

Other varieties of coffee plants grown in Panama include Typica, Bourbon, Catuai, Caturra, and Panama Geisha Coffee.