Panama is most distinguished for growing the Geisha coffee plant varietal (Coffea arabica var. geisha). Grown in Panama’s Chiriqui Province, Geisha has won numerous coffee tasting awards in recent years, creating a high demand for the coffee at auctions.
Language Spoken: Spanish
Harvest: November – March
Annual Coffee Production: 113,000 bags (Crop 2013)
Common Varieties: Arabica, Caturra, Catuai, Typica, Geisha, Mundo Novo.
Avg Farm Size: Small farms, 0 – 10 hectares.
At present, there does not appear to be Fair Trade or Organic certified green coffee beans available for sale on the market from Panama.
Distinguishing Qualities of Panama Geisha Coffee
Geisha coffee plants are known for their elongated coffee cherry (fruit), and the coffee is distinguished for its light body, bright acidity and jasmine-like aroma with honey and citrus tastes creating an outstanding cup character and profile.
Other Panama Coffee Plant Varietals
Other coffee plant varietals grown in Panama include Typica (Coffea arabica var. typica), Bourbon (Coffea arabica var. bourbon), Catuai (Coffea arabica var. catuai), and Caturra (Coffea arabica var. caturra). Also see Panama Geisha Coffee.
Panama Coffee and Espresso Brewing Tips
For tips on brewing the perfect cup of Panama coffee see our section on Coffee Brewing. We also provide detailed coffee flavor profiles of Specialty Coffees and instructions on preparing Espresso Drink Recipes.