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Panama’s Geisha queen of gourmet coffee

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PANAMA  remains the small kid on the block in  Central America in terms of volume and dollar value of coffee exports but when it comes to quality its producer’s reign supreme.

The country’s Geisha coffee, cultivated at a height of 1,500 meters above sea level, tops the exquisite list of Asian consumers with seemingly no end in sight for what they are prepared to pay for the aroma and taste of tropical fruits in the Panama grain.

A  pound of geisha in the Asian market costs between $15 and $35, depending on its properties, Wilford Lamastus, a member of the Specialty Coffee Association of Panama (SCAP) told La Prensa.

Coffee of the traditional Arabian variety produced by the lead exporters  Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Costa Rica is quoted at $4 a pound.

But the price paid for a pound of Panamanian special category grain at the Best of Panama electronic auction averages above $60.

Last year Esmeralda Geisha Cañas Verdes Natural, cultivated in Hacienda La Esmeralda, set a record when quoted at $601 per pound and destined for well-heeled coffee lovers in Asia.

Thirty percent of local production for export is classified as special or gourmet.

The United States and Europe set their taste buds lower and buy a more commercial coffee, while delicacies like the geisha are sent mainly to Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and China.



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On 2/2/2017 at 2:52 PM, NewsLady said:

              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 (wlamastusb@gmail.com) or Rachel Peterson (rachel@haciendaesmeralda.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!


Price Peterson


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The XXII International Coffee Tasting of Panama began

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 14:06

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Select lots of coffee from Panama compete today in an international tasting in which judges from Europe, Asia and America will choose the best grains of the special and traditional varieties produced in the Central American country.

This is the XXII International Coffee Tasting “The best of Panama”, which takes place in the mountainous town of Boquete, in Panama West, in which 75 batches of the grain of the geishas, traditional and Pacamara varieties compete.

In this event, which will run until next Saturday, judges from Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, the United States, Australia, Romania and Japan, as well as 50 invited buyers who came to try Panama’s fine coffee, said the president of the Specialty Coffee Association of Panama (SCAP), Wilford Lamastus to ACAN-EFE.

Lamastus said that on this day the scores of traditional natural coffee and natural geishas were very good, and that the comments of the judges have been very positive.

There are 24 batches of natural geishas and 24 batches of washed geisha; 10 lots of natural traditional, 10 washed traditional and 7 lots of the Pacamara variety.

The special Geisha coffee is the star of Panama’s coffee production. In the last edition of this tasting, in 2017, it was sold at a record price of 601 dollars per pound (454 grams).

The Australian Will Young is the main judge of this international competition, and said he was impressed with the first cups they judged, where the naturals have reached scores that in some cases exceeded 90 points, out of 100 that is the maximum that in this category is rare.

“Some of the lots exceeded expectations and it may be that the producers focused on quality this year, because the production was lower,” the head judge told ACAN-EFE.

The Japanese international judge, Taro Suzuki, has repeatedly participated in this event and agreed with Young that the first tables tasted were very good with very tall struts and very nice flavors.

The judges evaluate in each cup attributes such as acidity, body, flavor and balance of each batch, and have found flavors and typical aromas of the geisha variety: fruity and abundant flowers.

Panama’s coffee industry is marginal, but the country has specialized in producing special coffees such as geisha, which is sold at record prices especially in Asia and Europe.



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Panama Coffee sets new record in International Tasting

Sun, 05/27/2018 - 18:16


The producers of the special coffee of Panama were surprised, after knowing the final result of the 22nd International Tasting "The best of Panama", with the 94.66 points that the washed Geisha from the lot Elida Geisha Green Tip Washed by Lamatus Family Estates.

The award-winning grain was cultivated at 1,800 meters above sea level and won the best score of the competition, where three of the 17 international judges graded it with 97 points.

This is a new record imposed by Panama as a special coffee, with this winning lot, because it is the highest score achieved in coffee competitions in the world, an almost perfect cup, the chief judge of This international competition, Will Youn, from Australia told Acan-Efe.

Youn announced that he will return to Panama for the 100-point cup.

"The winning lot got very high scores, because the coffees that we tested in the Besf of Panama, we could find scores of 94, 96 and 97. This is the only country in the world where this happens," said Will Youn.

In the competition that took place in the town of Boquete, in the western mountainous region of Panama, in the category of Geisha Natural, the Elida Geisha Green Tip Natural Lot won the first place with 93.63 points from Lamastus Family Estates, by producer Wilford Lamastus.

The traditional washed coffee first place was won by the Esmeralda Cañas Verde Traditional lot with 90 points from the Peterson Family.

The first place of Traditional Natural coffee was won by the Dundcan lot with 90.25 points from Kotowa coffee and in the Pacamara category, the Dundcan lot won 92.13 points from Café Kotowa, both lots by producer Ricardo Koyner.

The judges were pleased with the coffee from Panama to say that in this country is where the best grains are found and the quality continues to improve every year, because these producers are pioneers in this type of coffee, although production was low this year, the quality was extraordinary, Mike Perry, a US judge, told Acan-Efe.

"I cannot even explain what this triumph means, I feel proud, this prize is won once in a lifetime or in a generation," producer Wilford Lamastus said excitedly.

The winner is also the president of the Special Coffee Association of Panama (SCAP), and also won the "Panama Cup" award, for being the producer who won more awards in the competition.

Ricardo Koyner, producer of Boquete, added that this is the coffee effort of Panama and it is a great opportunity for international judges to evaluate that the Central American country has high quality coffees because coffee has triumphed and we are amazed and happy with the efforts of so many producers , because every year Panama shows the world that they have the best fine coffees.

Now SCAP is preparing with these unusual results for the electronic auction that will be held next July 19.

In this activity international buyers from the five continents put their eyes on the fine coffee of Panama and bet on the lots that reached the best scores in this competition, where for the first time, traditional natural coffees exceeded 90 points out of 100 in an international competition.

Marcelino Rosario



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‘Best of Panama geisha coffee record  score

Lamastus family celebrate historic result
Panama’s geisha coffee is renowned worldwide and fetches hundreds of dollars a pound in international auctions.

On Saturday, May 27  The Elida Geisha Green coffee lot, owned by Lamastus Family Estates, recorded an all-time record score in the annual Best of Panama coffee tasting event.

The historical score of 94.66 won the washing geisha category.

In the natural geisha segment, the Elida Green-Tip Lamastus Family Estates also won first place with a 93.35 rating.

For traditional washing, first place went to the Cañas Verdes lot of the Hacienda La Esmeralda with a score of 90.6.

Kotowa won in the traditional natural and pacamara categories.

Wilford Lamastus won the title of producer of the year.



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That's nice for the winners, but does anyone have a list of all the categories of coffee in the competition and the places 1-5 with their scores?  Would be nice to know.

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Black Gold lifts Panama Geisha price to new world record

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The record price of natural geisha coffee was broken twice in the electronic auction The Best of Panama 2018. on Thursday, July 19  finally ending up at $803 a pound paid by the  Taiwanese Black Gold Coffee Co for Elida Geisha Green Natural Tip produced by the Lamastus family.

The bidding began at 6:00 p.m. on  Thursday,  and ended at 1.20 a.m.   on, Friday,

Four hours after the auction started, the Elida Geisha Green Tip coffee washing process, from the Lamastus family broke the world record paid for a pound of geisha coffee by trading at $661 a pound.

An hour later, the Elida Geisha GreenNatural Tip l coffee also from the  Lamastus family set the new record price when $803 was quoted.

The Taiwanese Black Gold Coffee Co paid $ 80,300 for 100 pounds of the coffee from the Lamastus family.

The Japanese Saza Coffee company acquired a portion of the coveted istmeño geisha by paying $ 66,100 for 100 pounds of the Elida Geisha Green Tip washing process, grown at over 1,850 meters high in Alto Quiel, Boquete, Chiriquí province.

The Longboard Windy Ridge Geisha coffee, cultivated in Alto Jaramillo (Boquete), ranked third in the electronic auction and was quoted at $216 a pound.

“The auction was a success because the average price paid for a pound of Panamanian grain was exceeded.  last year at the XXI Best of Panama 2017 the average price per pound was $62 and this year it was $92, “said Wilford Lamastus, president of the Specialty Coffee Association of Panama. (SCAP).

The traditional washing category also exceeded the previous prices for one pound of coffee. The Traditional Esmeralda, cultivated in the Hacienda La Esmeralda, Cañas Verdes, owned by the Peterson family was quoted at $100 a pound. The previous highest price in this category was $50 for one pound paid in 2016.



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I personally cannot tell the difference between a cup of coffee costing $50 and a cup that only costs $45.

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7 hours ago, Uncle Doug said:

I personally cannot tell the difference between a cup of coffee costing $50 and a cup that only costs $45.

How disappointing. Maybe if you upped the ante then you could tell the difference between a $90 cup and a $100 cup? O.o

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Record Price Paid for Panamanian Coffee

A Taiwanese company has paid $803 for a pound of geisha coffee produced in the province of Chiriqui, surpassing the highest price of $601 paid for a grain of this type.

Monday, July 23, 2018

In the online auction 'The Best of Panama 2018', the Asian company Black Gold Coffee Co paid the highest amount per pound that has been registered for a coffee of the geisha variety, buying it from Elida Geisha Green Tip Natural which produces the grain in the District of Boquete.

The best-priced coffee in the 2018 edition of the contest was produced by the Lamastus family.

See also "Central America: Coffee price falls 31%"

Wilford Lamastus, president of the association and representative of the farms of the Lamastus family, told Prensa.com that " ... 'No one expected it in the global coffee industry. We at the Specialty Coffee Association of Panama (SCAP) are surprised and happy with these prices'.

See "Coffee export figures in 2017"

The article adds that " ... The Taiwanese Black Gold Coffee Co. paid $80,300 for 100 pounds of natural geisha coffee Elida Geisha Green Tip Natural. While the Japanese Saza Coffee also acquired a share of the coveted Istmeño geisha, paying $66,100 for 100 pounds of the Elida Geisha Green Tip washing process, in Alto Quiel, Boquete, Chiriqui province."



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"Panamá: Café" book will portray the origin and tourist circuit of this fine grain

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 20:51

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The editorial project "Panamá: Café" will be the first publication with a tourist stamp that will portray the origins and current situation of Panamanian coffee, a legacy that aims to cross borders when the value of the grain in the country is known, the initiative promoters said today.

The publication intends to take a tour through the history of the grain in Panama, recognize the hard work of coffee producers and highlight the value of special geisha coffee, recognized as one of the best in the world, highlighted a note by the Tourism Authority of Panama (ATP).

The production, promoted by the tourist agency and the Specialty Coffee Association of Panama (SCAP), is published in partnership with the Editorial Sello de Agua.

According to the SCAP, the book is an editorial legacy that will transcend borders and constitute a new opportunity for the country brand to be present in various international venues, such as festivals, fairs, gastronomic meetings and even video clips.

The administrator of the ATP, Gustavo Him, emphasized that “Panamá-Café” will publicize the cultural and tourist attractions of the coffee regions such as the highlands of Chiriquí, in western Panama, attracting investors and international buyers.

"Our contribution to this project is to establish the coffee circuit and promote it as a new tourist product in the Chiriquí region," said Him, who has visited coffee plantations in Boquete and Tierras Altas.

The document includes a detailed portrait of the first coffee plantations in Panama, ranging from the climate of the regions where it is grown, farms, producers, processes, grain varieties, sustainable agriculture, the coffee circuit, agro-tourism and ecotourism; and the gastronomic proposal.

He also mentions the role of the indigenous Ngäbe Buglé ethnic group who have played a leading role in Panamanian coffee growing.

The edition will have a large format with photographs. It will be a reference for locals and foreigners interested in knowing the coffee region of the country and taste one of the best coffees in the world.

In 2017, the Coffee Exploration Center created by the ATP in Boquete became the gateway to the coffee circuit, allowing visitors to experience the process of the making of the delicious beverage.

In recent years, coffee has positioned itself as one of the most important agricultural products of the Panamanian highlands, since it has exotic varieties of grain such as geisha and the jewel in the coffee crown.

In 2017, the special geisha coffee, the star of Panama's coffee production, was sold at a record price of $ 601 per pound (454 grams) at the XXI TheBestofPanama electronic auction.

By 2016, coffee represented 0.6 percent of total food exports, increasing to 1.2 percent by 2017, according to official figures.



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Panama’s royal family of geisha coffee retains crown


Experts from around the worldflock to coffee tasting event

Posted 27/05/2019

Panama’s  Lamastus family has again been crowned the royal family of  geisha coffee produced in the highlands of Chiriqui.

with a  score of 95.25 out  100, Elida Geisha Green Tip Natural, from Lamastus Family Estates, won the first prize in the geisha category with processes in the 23rd  Best of Panama tasting

The family surpassed its own mark of last year and estimate that in the upcoming virtual auction it will be possible to break the world record price achieved last year when an Asian buyer paid   $803  per pound.

In each category judged by the 21  world gourmet coffee specialists, the quality of the Panamanian grain stood out, with the diversity of flavors and fragrances. senses.

Chief tasting judge Will Young,  equates  Panama the seat of good coffee, with  Bourbon, France, for good wine.

"There is a renaissance in luxury coffee in the world. And it is in this western part of the Isthmus that the amount of microclimates gives that particularity to coffee, "he said.

Plinio Ruiz, president of the Special Coffee Association of Panama, said that with the results of the tasting the Panamanian coffee industry won.

Wilford Lamastus said that the award-winning coffee was treated with anaerobic techniques, as part of novel systems that are implemented on the farm, which is located more than 2,000  feet above sea level.

"For my family, which has more than 100 years in coffee growing, this award is a great distinction," he said.

In second place in this category, with 94 points, came the Janson Family Selection; and the third place, with 93.50 points, went to to  the Santamaría Geisha Elixir Natural lot from the producer Edwin Santamaría.

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the Lamastus family also triumphed. in the washed geisha category.,

They got the highest score, with  95 points for Elida Geisha Green Tip lot of Lamastus Family Estates. In second place, with 94.25 points, was the Esmeralda Special Jaramillo Geisha Washed lot from Peterson Family; and in the third place, with 93.50 points, was the lot Geisha L. Estela, owned by Estela Pitti.

 the Lamastus family also got the highest score, with 95 points for Elida Geisha Green Tip lot of Lamastus Family Estates. In second place, with 94.25 points, came was occupied by the Esmeralda Special Jaramillo Geisha Washed lot from Peterson Family; and in the third position, with 93.50 points, was the lot Geisha L. Estela, owned by Estela Pitti.



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Moderator comment: Below is an article from La Prensa regarding the recent coffee competition mentioned in the previous posting. This article is in Spanish and an unedited automated translation is provided at the end of this posting.

It is our understanding that the actual chronological sequence of news articles is the reverse of how presented here on CL, i.e., this article was published first, but apparently contained some unintentional factual flaws, which resulted in the second news article (the one posted just prior to this one). Confusion reigns supreme here.


Elida Estate Green Tip Coffee impone récord para liderar el mejor café geisha de Panamá


Flor Bocharel Q.,Especial para La Prensa | BOQUETE, Chiriquí

Temas: Café Boquete Chiriquí

Obteniendo una puntuación de 95.12 en una escala de 100, Elida Estate Green Tip Natural Coffee resultó el ganador de la variedad geisha natural en la vigésima tercera cata de café The Best of Panamá.

Esta competencia fue juzgada por 21 jueces procedentes de diversas partes del mundo.

El año pasado, una muestra de esta finca obtuvo el más alto galardón de este juzgamiento, mientras que en la subasta virtual el café geisha fue adquirido a 803 dólares la libra.

Wilford Lamastus, representante de la finca ubicada en Boquete, Chiriquí, dijo sentirse muy emocionado por el logro y ello se debe al esfuerzo que se hace en la caficultura. "Hemos implementado un nuevo proceso que se denomina anaeróbico, porque siempre estamos intercambiando e innovando", indicó.

La familia Peterson se adjudicó el reconocimiento The Panama Cup 2019 por los altos puntajes logrados por las muestras de café presentados en la cata.

Otras categorías de café especial premiadas fueron: en geisha lavado, que obtuvo 95 puntos Elida Estate Green Tip de la familia Lamastus; en la variedad pacamara obtuvo el primer lugar con 89.58 el café Damarli Pacamara Nolde Imperial de David Peck.

En tanto, en los cafés naturales con procesos, el galardón lo obtuvo la muestra Las Brumas Panamá Natural Citric con 89.27 puntos de la finca de César Araúz de Renacimiento.

Mientras que Hacienda Bárbara con 88.67 puntos se ubicó como el mejor café natural lavado.

Plinio Ruíz, presidente de la Specialty Coffee Association of Panamá señaló que cada año los productores se esfuerzan por presentar un mejor café. "Este es el resultado de un gran esfuerzo, los jueces internacionales confían en ese trabajo y están reconociendo, con altos puntajes, los cafés finos de Panamá", destacó.



Elida Estate Green Tip Coffee imposes record to lead the best geisha coffee in Panama


Obtaining a score of 95.12 on a scale of 100, Elida Estate Green Tip Natural Coffee was the winner of the natural geisha variety at the 23rd Best of Panama coffee tasting.

This competition was judged by 21 judges from different parts of the world.

Last year, a sample of this farm won the highest award of this trial, while in the virtual auction the geisha coffee was purchased at 803 dollars per pound.

Wilford Lamastus, representative of the farm located in Boquete, Chiriquí, said he was very excited about the achievement and this is due to the effort that is made in coffee growing. "We have implemented a new process that is called anaerobic, because we are always exchanging and innovating," he said.

The Peterson family won the recognition of The Panama Cup 2019 for the high scores achieved by the coffee samples presented in the tasting.

Other categories of special coffee awarded were: in washed geisha, which earned 95 points Elida Estate Green Tip of the Lamastus family; in the pacamara variety he won the first place with 89.58 the Damarli Pacamara Nolde Imperial coffee by David Peck.

Meanwhile, in natural coffees with processes, the award was obtained by Las Brumas Panamá Natural Citric with 89.27 points on the estate of César Araúz de Renacimiento.

While Hacienda Bárbara with 88.67 points was ranked as the best washed natural coffee.

Plinio Ruíz, president of the Specialty Coffee Association of Panama, pointed out that every year producers strive to present a better coffee. "This is the result of a great effort, the international judges trust in this work and are recognizing, with high scores, the fine coffees of Panama," he said.



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This video clip posted yesterday on BBC News features a $75 cup of coffee from Lamastus Estates.


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World buyers register for Panama specialty coffee auction


Tasters at Best of Panama event

Posted 13/06/2019

SOME  86  coffee buyers from around the world have registered for the online coffee auction that will take place in Panama on June 16. Last year a batch  of  a prizewinning  Geisha coffee fetched a world  record price of over $800 a pound,

Plinio Ruíz, president of the Specialty Coffee Association of Panama (SCAP) confirmed the date of the online auction and noted that 49 lots of the best coffee in Panama have already been sent, both of the Geisha variety and of the other varieties recently judged. at the Best of Panama coffee tasting where international judges gave high scores to the lots of the product of the Chiriqui mountains.

"We sent a total of 18 samples of washed geishas, 18 samples of geishas with the process, 2 traditional washed coffees, 8 traditional with processes and 3 samples of Pacamara coffees", said Ruiz.

He indicated that the SCAP sends the samples to to  enable the interested buyers to evaluate the product and in the auction they will be able to bid for the sample they wish to obtain.

Buyers who have shown an interest in participating in this electronic auction come from France, the United Arab Emirates, Australia, the United States, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, China, and Japan.



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Panama world best coffee  at $1,029 a pound


WORLD experts rate Panama coffee

Posted 17/07/2019

Coffee buyers from around the world endorsed their previous decision that Panama produces the best coffee in the world on  Tuesday, July 16, and put their money on their taste buds, including a record payment of $1,029 for a  pound of natural geisha in the annual Specialty Coffee Association’s online auction.

IN 2018 geisha coffee produced by Elida Estate of the Lamastus family, topped the world with a price of $803 a pound. In  2017 the price reached $601.  This year a Japanese buyer showed that there is seemingly no ceiling to what connoisseurs are prepared to pay for the green beans grown in Boquete.  This year's top price was paid by Saza Coffee.

By the time the coffee has been roasted and processed it would likely retail at around $75, a cup.

"It means that the work we do for our coffee results from the effort of so many years of learning and mistakes, but we have remained passionate and the buyers of our coffees feel super satisfied and that is why the records are broken," said. Wilford Lamastus.

The auction with 197 bidders was closed at close to midnight with sales totaling  $568,937 for 49 lots with an average record high price of $100 a pound

Plinio Ruiz, president of the Special Coffee Association of Panama (SCAP), points out that the quality of Panamanian coffee has been demonstrated in international markets and  year after year producers  and buyers are enthused  about participating in the auction which  is a recognition for Panama of having the best coffee in the world, leaving the name of the country high worldwide

Bidders from England, United States, China, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, New Zealand, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, Canada, Switzerland, Colombia, Philippines, Indonesia, Morocco, United Arab Emirates, Greece, Sweden, Ireland, Vietnam, Kuwait and Spain bought

5,650 pounds of natural Geisha coffee and with Processes, Washed Geishas, Pacamaras, Traditional Naturals, and Processes, as well as Traditional Washes,




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