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Panama: A Bucket List for Coffee Lovers
Panama is renowned for producing some of the best coffee in the world. With three stunning coffee regions located in the most temperate, highest points of this Central-American country and the famous Coffee Circuit, it’s a must-visit destination for coffee lovers.
The country’s iconic Geisha varietal, with its exceptional quality and value, further cements its place in the global coffee industry. Make sure to also include the Chiriquí coffee region in your itinerary for an unforgettable coffee experience when visiting Panama.
Emboldened by its Sustainable Master Plan and high regard for the local Ngäbe and Buglé indigenous communities, who are actively involved in the country’s coffee industry, Panama boasts an unparalleled coffee scene. The dedication to sustainable practices and deep respect for indigenous communities set Panama’s coffee industry apart, adding an extra layer of richness to the already exceptional coffee experience in the country.
These are four unmissable coffee experiences in Panama:
Explore Panama’s Main Coffee Regions in Chiriquí Province: Tierras Altas
Tierras Altas, nestled at the foothills of the Baru volcano, is home to farms producing the world’s most valuable coffee, Geisha. Often referred to as the “Napa Valley of Coffee,” the region offers a unique opportunity to savor this exquisite variety.
Boquete, the oldest and best-known coffee region in Panama, has been at the heart of the coffee industry since the 20th century. Renacimiento, the smallest of the three regions, benefits from the fertile volcanic soil and proximity to the La Amistad International Park.
Stay on a Coffee Farm along Panama’s Coffee Circuit
The Tourism Authority of Panama (ATP) and the Center for Competitiveness of the Western Region (CECOMRO) established the Coffee Circuit several years ago, showcasing stunning coffee farms in each region. Visitors have the opportunity to stay overnight on these farms to enjoy various experiences.
Indulge in coffee tastings and take informative coffee tours (best during the harvest season from December to March). You can also engage in various activities such as hiking, bird watching, and horseback riding throughout the province.
Combine Your Coffee Buzz with Local Adventures
After indulging in the delightful coffee experiences, take advantage of Panama’s natural beauty. Explore La Amistad International Park, home to over 600 bird species. A visit to the Ngäbe and Buglé indigenous communities, two of Panama’s seven unique indigenous groups, is also a worthwhile way to spend the day.
For adventurous souls, consider hiking the Baru Volcano. As the highest peak in Panama, it offers breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.
Immerse Yourself in Coffee Culture at Local Cafés
Cafés abound in Panama City and Boquete, offering bustling coffee hubs on every corner. Dive into different spots to enjoy tastings of local blends and the famed Geisha varietal. Experience the country’s vibrant coffee culture by enjoying coffee at day-to-night cafés that cater to caffeine enthusiasts around the clock.
Practical Tips for Travelers
- The best time to visit for coffee-related activities is during the harvest season, which typically occurs from December to March.
- When planning your trip, consider checking for any coffee-related events or festivals in Panama.
- Show respect and understanding for the local indigenous communities and their cultural heritage.
- Support sustainable coffee practices and eco-friendly initiatives in the region.