Why has Panamanian coffee become so popular around the world?

Until now, CROWD ROASTER has offered a lineup of extremely high quality coffee from farms that represent Panama's specialty coffee.

Speaking of Panama, Geisha .
The Esmeralda Farm, which spread Panama Geisha to the world, has been awarded the highest rank, ``Esmeralda Special,'' as well as the Hartmann family farm, which has won first place many times at the international competition ``Best of Panama,'' and the pioneer of specialty coffee in the country. CROWD ROASTER has also featured Geisha from Kotowa Farm, a popular farm.

Panama Geisha has started selling ``LUNA DE PANAMA BOX,'' a drinking comparison set that collects brands from three of the most famous farms in recent years, exclusively at CROWD ROASTER .

The roaster was Eiji Dobashi , a roaster at the coffee shop `` ignis '' in Sendagi, Tokyo. Among the coffees that CROWD ROASTER has handled so far, this is the rarest and limited quantity, and is a special set that you can only drink now.

By the way, did you know that Panamanian coffee has only recently become internationally acclaimed? Panama's coffee, which was produced in small quantities and was sometimes treated as a product from neighboring countries, was recognized through the establishment of the Panama Specialty Coffee Association, the holding of the "Best of Panama" event, and Geisha variety grown at Esmeralda Farm. .

This time, I would like to once again introduce the charm of Panama coffee.

Panama is suitable for growing coffee

The Republic of Panama is a country located in Central America, connecting North and South America. It borders Costa Rica to the west and Colombia to the east. Panama has an area of ​​approximately 75,000 square kilometers, about the size of Hokkaido. Panama is famous for the Panama Canal, but other major industries include shipping, mining, and Hikaru , and coffee is a major agricultural product.

80% of the country is mountainous, and much of the rest is tropical rainforest.
The climate is tropical, with fertile volcanic soil in some areas, and a wide range of temperatures, making it an ideal environment for coffee cultivation.

History of coffee cultivation

Coffee cultivation in Panama began late in Central America, from around 1870 to 1890, in the Boquete region of Chiriquí Department on the west side of Panama.
Around this time, coffee cultivation was already active in neighboring countries, and Panamanian coffee, which was small in size, had a low production volume compared to neighboring countries and was not highly rated in the international market, so Costa Rican coffee was imported via Costa Rica. It is said that there was a time when it was shipped as

Furthermore, due to falling international prices, Panamanian coffee exports, which had a weak foundation, were thrown into crisis. Given this situation, Panama established the Panama Specialty Coffee Association with the aim of improving the quality of its coffee and adding value as a specialty coffee producing region. The company began to promote the quality of its coffee to the world by holding an international fair and auction called ``Best of Panama.''

Within this framework, Esmeralda Farm's Geisha variety emerged like a comet. Panama Geisha , which was auctioned off at an unprecedented price, made Geisha popular worldwide and made the quality of Panamanian coffee known to the world.

Cultivation areas and cultivation methods

Chiriquí, located in the western part of the country near Costa Rica, is a rich province blessed with seafood from the Pacific Ocean, as well as dairy farming and agriculture thriving in the highlands, supplying more than 70% of Panama's food. Boquete, located on the eastern slopes of Panama's highest mountain, Volcano Baru (3,474m), and Volcán, located on the western slopes, are known for producing high-quality coffee. The soil is made of volcanic ash and is rich in minerals.

Coffee is mainly grown in areas between 1,500m and 1,700m above sea level. This high altitude creates a difference in temperature between day and night, making it possible to grow flavorful coffee. On the other hand, as is typical of tropical areas, there are distinct rainy and dry seasons, and there are many areas where fog forms, keeping temperatures at a moderate level.

The coffee selection process is based on a natural method, in which coffee cherries are carefully harvested and dried under the sun, as the climate has distinct rainy and dry seasons. Other selection methods were then used to create a variety of flavours.

Panamanian coffee beans are graded according to the altitude at which they are grown. Coffee beans grown at an altitude of 1,350 m or higher are evaluated as SHB (Strictly Hard Bean), and coffee beans grown between 1,050 m and 1,350 m are rated as HB (Hard Bean). ), coffee beans grown at an altitude of 900m to 1,050m are called EPW (Extra Prime Washed).

The dramatic emergence of Geisha species

Panama's coffee has improved in quality in this way, but the turning point was the appearance of Geisha , as mentioned earlier. Originating in Ethiopia, Geisha was first transplanted to neighboring Costa Rica. From there, in 1963, the first Geisha coffee was transplanted to Boquete, Chiriquí, Panama's most coffee-growing region.

Geisha variety was introduced to Panama as a variety that is resistant to rust, but there are conditions such as the need for high altitude, and the coffee trees are twice as tall as Typica and Bourbon varieties. It did not spread to coffee farmers because it had many disadvantages, such as being difficult to grow in close proximity and yielding low yields.

However, when Esmeralda Farm realized its potential, a dramatic story awaited in which it was rediscovered.
Since then, Geisha 's rapid progress has continued to this day. The unique and noble flavor, also known as Geisha flavor, shocked the coffee industry and quickly became highly acclaimed all over the world.

And in the advanced coffee farms of Panama, experimental efforts are actively being carried out to find the ``next'' of Geisha . This time's CROWD ROASTER limited drinking comparison set "LUNA DE PANAMA BOX" is also the most famous Geisha Geisha farm, in addition to Geisha from Altieri Farm and Janson Farm, which are known for their rich and noble taste, "Best of Panama Geisha" This is the highest quality lot of Chichogalo from Hartman Farm, which won first place in 2023.

Why not take this opportunity to taste the finest Panama coffee and reminisce about Panama?