After participating in the 2013 Seoul International Cafe Show, Finca Lérida representatives caught the attention of specialty coffee buyers from Korea and Taiwan.
The varieties that will be initially exported to South Korea are: caturra, catuai, pacamara, and geisha, among others.
The high quality of specialty coffee is due to the altitude at which they are cultivated, from 1,200 to 1,700 meters above sea level.
Finca Lérida grows the above coffee varieties on 50 hectares of land divided into seven lots. Its beans were awarded during the past The Best of Panama gourmet coffee auction organized by the Specialty Coffee Association of Panama (SCAP), when the price reached $1,275 per quintal of honey-processed coffee and $1,395 for naturally processed.
José Pacheco Tejeira, Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade, stated that "once again the country's exports have benefited from participating in international fairs. These results are not overnight; there are times (like now) that they come several months down the road."
Pacheco explained that the Ministry of Trade and Industry is responsible for supporting producers by sponsoring their stand and providing a platform to coordinate interviews with potential buyers.