Taiwanese enthralled by Panamanian coffee

Nine coffee purchasers from Taiwan arrived in Boquete, province of Chiriquí, in search of the best beans grown in these lands.

Among them is the Panamanian geisha, considered one of the best coffees in the world. In international markets, up to $50 is paid for one pound of unroasted Geisha coffee beans.

Yesterday these buyers cupped 20 lots of coffee on 20 coffee-growing farms in the highlands of Boquete in a process that could potentially lead to a deal on future purchases on a large scale, reported Plinio Ruiz Jr., member of the Specialty Coffee Association of Panama.

The Taiwanese businessmen first showed their interest in Panamanian coffee in November 2012, recalled Ruiz.

On this visit to the Chiriquí farms, the Taiwanese mission cupped the coffee varieties Typica, Pacamara, Geisha, Catuai yellow, Catuai red and Bourbon. Specialty coffees are grown on lands higher than 1,200 meters above sea level.

The ambassador of Taiwan in Panama, Carlos Liao, indicated that the group was so interested in directly purchasing the best specialty coffee that they traveled to each farm to cup on site. A business conference will be held later to finalize the activity.

The tour was promoted by the Taiwan government's Commercial Office for Central America and the Ministry of Commerce and Industry of Panama. Irma Chong, promotional director of exports, said the members of this delegation are importers of green coffee beans.

Source: www.laprensa.com.pa