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Specialty Coffee Association of Panama (SCAP), and Coffee Competitions


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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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