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Panamanian Coffee Goes in Search of New Markets

Panama has earned its status as a coffee producer. Official data shows that the country has nearly 50,000 acres planted in coffee, mainly the Typica, Bourbon, Pacamara, Catuay, Caturra, and already-famous Geisha varieties. During the most recent auction, held in July 2018, the Taiwanese firm Black Gold Coffee Co. paid 803 dollars per pound for Elida Geisha Green Tip Natural from the Elida Estate in Volcán.

It is therefore no surprise to discover an event like La Cosecha in Panama. La Cosecha, organized by El Buen Diente and supported by the Specialty Coffee Association of Panama, hopes to expand the horizons of Panamanian coffee and bring it to the attention of buyers interested in marketing it or using it as an ingredient in other products.

The event will be held February 14-17 in Volcán, Chiriquí Province, and includes visits to coffee plantations in the region, coffee picking, and coffee tastings. According to Jorge Chanis Barahona, owner of the El Buen Diente brand, La Cosecha is also intended to lay the foundations for specialized coffee tourism.

Chef Dominique Crenn will participate in this second year for the event. She was awarded three Michelin stars in 2018 for cuisine that is “a wonderful balance of grace, artistry, technical ability and taste,” in the words of Gwendal Poullennec, International Director of the Michelin Guide. Crenn lives in San Francisco (United States), where she has run her own restaurant, the Atelier Crenn, since 2010.

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