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Best of Panama 2019

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    May 27th 2019

It has been almost a year since BlendIn first served El Burro washed Geisha from Panama as one of our limited offerings. A lot of customers loved this coffee and came back for more.

This year, from May 20 to May 26, our owner Weihong went to Boquete, Panama for the first time, attending the 23rd Best of Panama Competition.

Boquete is a small mountain town in the province of Chiriqui, which contains immeasurable amount of microclimates. This is the Bordeaux of the coffee world. This tiny region of Panama is known to be the birthplace of luxury coffee. 15 years ago, Peterson family from Hacienda La Esmeralda first discovered Geisha varietal and introduced Panamanian Geisha to the world. Since then, Panamanian Geisha has become the crown jewels of the world most aromatic and flavorful coffees. The movement of luxury coffee has gathered a group of coffee pioneers and leaders in the industry who are the most innovative, passionate, fiercely competitive but still lovingly collaborative. The Panamanian coffee producers craft without a doubt finest coffees in the world. The Geisha is insanely better than the average cup of Joe. Last year’s record price for Panamanian Geisha goes to $803 per pound and $75 per cup. The coffees grown in Boquete is so incredible that it can be shown to any consumer, and that consumer will undeniably understand that not all coffees taste the same. The Panamanian Geisha will open anyone’s eyes to the measurable difference between commodity coffee and specialty coffee. At this time when world coffee price is dangerously low, Panama coffee producers are setting a model to the rest of the world proving that success and prosperity are possible with coffee growing. 

Valle Escondido, Boquete, Panama

In the Best of Panama (BoP) competition, the coffee producers invite a group of international coffee tasters as the international jury who are experts in evaluating the world finest coffees. In this years BoP, the head judge is Will Young from Campos Coffee in Australia. The coffees are separated into 5 different categories for scoring, Traditional Varietal Washed, Traditional Varietal with Process, Pacamara, Geisha washed, and Geisha with Process. There are totally 174 coffees submitted for competition. The Panama national judges selected the best 78 coffees for international judges to evaluate. Below is the final result for the 23rd Best of Panama Competition. Those are the finest coffee farms in the world. If you ever find any coffee shops serving their coffee, make sure to give it a try!

Below is this year’s BoP result:

Geisha Washed Group

#1

Elida Estate

#2

Hacienda La Esmeralda

#3

El Estella

#4

Santa Maria

#5

Bambito Estate

#6

Hacienda La Esmeralda

#7

Carmen Estate

#8

Abu Coffee

Geisha with Process Group

#1

Elida Estate

#2 

Janson Coffee Farm

#3

Santa Maria

#4

Hacienda La Esmeralda

#5

Hacienda La Esmeralda

#6

Auromar

#7

La Estella

Traditional Varietal Washed Group

#1

Santa Barbara

#2

Hacienda La Esmeralda

#3

Bambito Estate

Traditional Varietal with Process Group

#1

Las Brumas

#2

Damarri

#3

Kotowa Duncan

Pacamara Group

#1 

Damarri

BlendIn with BoP Geisha Group Champion Wilford Lamastus (owner of Elida Estate) and Panama Best Producer of the year Rachel Peterson (owner of Hacienda La Esmeralda)
BlendIn with the Geisha Champion — Lamastus Family
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