Coffee from Panama

If you are thinking of healthy organic coffee think of coffee from Panama. Panama is the country on the isthmus that connects Central and South America. It has two sea coasts, a central mountain chain, and highlands covered with fertile volcanic soil. Coffee from Panama comes from the Chiriquí Highlands. Extending down from the foot of the extinct 11,000 foot volcano, Volcan Baru, the lands around the villages of Volcan and Boquete are forested, often somewhat cloudy, and rich in nutrients. Thus much of the organic coffee from Panama is also shade grown and grown under overcast skies much like high quality Colombian Arabica organic coffee. Panama is a small country and coffee from Panama is almost entirely grown in the province of Chiriquí. So, Panama does not rank with its next door neighbor, Colombia, which is the third leading producer in the world, or Mexico (#5), Guatemala (#8), Honduras (#9), or Peru (#10). However, premium coffee from Panama can sell at auction for a hundred dollars for a one pound bag, attesting to the quality of the product.


area map of coffee from Panama

Map of Panama

Coffee from Panama, like coffee throughout the world, is either Arabica or Robusta. Most production in Panama is Arabica although there are a couple of high end producers of gesha coffee. The coffee growers in the highlands around Boquete and Volcan, Panama tend towards sustainable agriculture and much of the coffee is shade grown organic coffee. Much of this commitment to sustainable growing practices is simple practicality. When a grower plants coffee on slopes of thirty degrees or more he is wise not to remove pre-existing trees and shrubs. Thus much of the coffee from Panama is naturally grown in a diverse habitat protecting soil, flora, and fauna.

Panama mountain grown organic coffee has been around for about a century. The Boquete region was virtually uninhabited until Americans crossing Panama on their way to the California gold fields in the mid-19th century passed through a gap (Boquete in Spanish) in the Cordillera Central, the central mountain chain. Around 1900 immigrants moved into the region, many of them coffee growers. The descendants of many of these original families still grow high quality coffee in the region and many have gone the extra step to produce certified organic coffee. This is a short step for many as they were already practicing sustainable horticulture and only needed an agency like Bio Latina to certify their growing, harvesting, and processing practices.

A substantial number of coffee growers have Bio Latina organic coffee certification. This agency certifies for the USDA, the Japanese Agricultural Ministry, and for the European Union, among others. Thus organic coffee from Panama is likely to be certified organic coffee able to bear appropriate labeling in the major coffee markets of the world. Coffee from Panama is not always easy to find in the US, EU, or Japan, however. Many growers are small and, despite following appropriate growing practices, have not found a ready market outside of the country. For those who would like a nice cup of organic coffee from Panama a reliable route is to contact Buy Organic for delivery of good organic coffee from Panama directly to your home.

Details and Price of Excellent Coffee from Panama

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Coffee from Panama

Panama Gourmet Coffee #1: Cafés de la Luna Base Price: $22.50

This coffee is grown on a reclaimed seven acre coffee farm in the highlands of western Panama. The volcanic soil, high altitude and overcast weather favors some of the best coffee in the world. The Dos Jefes farm where this coffee was grown has been in operation since 2004 and aims for healthy, natural and flavorful coffee.


Cafes de la Luna

Cafes de la Luna


Panama Gourmet Coffee #2: Hartman Estate Coffee Base Price: $20

This shade grown and bird friendly coffee is likewise grown in western Panama in volcanic soil. The cloudy weather and forested habitat result in growing coffee in the shade and a fine gourmet coffee. The farm boasts of having seen 273 species of birds on their coffee farm. As a point of reference 904 bird species have been seen in Panama and the entire USA has 888 bird species.


Coffee from Panama Hartmann Estate Coffee

Hartmann Estate Coffee


Panama Gourmet Coffee #3: Finca Lerida Base Price: $22.50

This Panama natural coffee producer is one of oldest continually operated coffee farms in Panama. Finca Lerida exported coffee to Germany in 1929! This is another producer of high quality coffee in small amounts in the highlands of western Panama.


Finca Lerida

Finca Lerida


Panama Gourmet Coffee #4: Hacienda Fennario Base Price: $22.50

Premium gourmet coffee from Hacienda Fennario is “naturally cultivated without pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers. It is estate grown, harvested by hand and roasted in small batches.”


Hacienda Fennario Coffee

Hacienda Fennario Coffee


Panama Gourmet Coffee #5: Bajareque Base Price: $22.50

This producer of Elida Estate coffees grows coffee at high altitude adjacent to the Volcan Baru National Park. This park surrounds the extinct 11,000 foot volcano that is responsible for the volcanic soil in the region. The grower describes their coffee as having a hint of rich chocolate with floral top notes and dynamic complexity. This is another coffee that grows in the cool and shade of the mountains of Panama where birds thrive.


Bajareque Coffee

Bajareque Coffee

Large Quantities of Colombian Coffee, Organic and Export Quality

Our best and most reliable source of high quality organic coffee in large quantities is the coffee growing region of Colombia, the Eje Cafetero. The soil is volcanic like in Panama and the coffee culture is older and wider spread. Colombia is the second largest producer of Arabica coffee by volume. And Colombia is the most reliable source for high quality commercial quantities of Arabica coffee. For more information about Colombian Arabica organic coffee follow the link.

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