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The Specialty Coffee Association of Panama (SCAP) was formed 21 years ago for the purpose of learning how to grow better coffee and help with marketing. From four founders, it has grown to about 40 members and has developed a world reputation for Panama and Boquete as the gold standard for coffee quality. This is an open organization and welcomes all growers of coffee, big and small, new and old, Boqueteno and expat.. Membership is $500 per year and the SCAP office is in the Alto across the street from Centro El Dorado.. SCAP participates in most of the big International coffee shows with a booth and samples. Members are encouraged to help man the booth, hand out samples and talk to buyers. For more information contact the SCAP President, Wilford Lamastus (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Rachel Peterson (email@example.com). Among its activities is the annual cupping competition/evaluation which generally occurs in May. All the farmers submit a lot of at least 150 lbs of green coffee. Samples are taken, coded and enter the competition of blind cupping. All the samples are first cupped/screened by a national jury which is followed by three days of intensive cupping by the International Jury of Judges. There are opportunities for growers to talk with both national and international jurors to learn what might be done to improve their coffees. Finally, there is the big gala dinner on Saturday night where winners are announced and bragging rights established until the next year. I would urge all the newer growers, hobby or not, to participate. This event originated as a learning activity for the growers and remains that today. The only risk involved is…. not winning! Regards, Price Peterson