Way back in the past I was a judge at the Panama coffee ranges from medium quality lower altitude farms to those at 1600 - 1800 meters centered in the area of Boquete in the Chirqui district near the border with Costa Rica. Some farms feature Cupping is a method of tasting coffee by steeping grounds in separate cups for discrete amounts of ground coffee, to reveal good flavors and defects to their fullest. It has formal elements and methodology in Competition: Here are my photos and notes!
This was my second year as a judge in the Best of Panama cupping competition… and here is the esteemed panel of coffee folks that I had the pleasure to cup with. Overall, the panel was mostly U.S. but we did have Bolivian, Japanese, Costa Rican and Panamanian judges -oh, and Maine too.
The Results of our efforts as judges in the 2003 Best of Panama Competition:
|Place||Points||Name||Micro Region||Sample Owner||In Kenya, a "Factory" is actually a coffee wet mill (called a washing station in other parts of Africa) where the fresh cherry is brought for wet-processing. It is called a wet mill usually, and|
|1||91.40||Coopcafeb Lote A||Boquete||Cooperativa de Productores de Café Boquete||Coopcafeb|
|2||89.38||Spanish 101: Finca is the Spanish word for farm. Sometimes the term Hacienda is used to imply an Estate, which would mean the farm has its own wet-mill. A Finca does not necessarily have a Lerida||Alto Quiel||John Collins||Finca Lerida|
|3||88.05||Carmen A "coffee estate" is used to imply a farm that has its own processing facility, a wet-mill. In Spanish this is called an Hacienda. A Finca (farm) does not necessarily have a mill. (And Finca||Paso Ancho||Mirza de Aguilera||Carmen Estate|
|4||87.96||Las Victorias Estate Coffee||Cañas Verdes||Dr. Leonidas Pretelt||Casa Ruiz, S.A.|
|5||87.46||Elida Estate Coffee||Alto Quiel||Thatcher’s Coffee|
|Casa Ruiz, S.A.|
Ojo de Agua Estate
|Santa Clara||Familia Hartmann||Hartmann &|
Casa Ruiz, S.A.
|7||87.06||Café Ole||Barriles, Volcan||Ramon Garcia de Paredes||Café Volcan Baru, S.A.|
|8||86.69||El Burro Estate||El Burro, Boquete||Thatcher’s Coffee|
|Casa Ruiz, S.A.|
|9||86.23||Café Jurutungo||Piedra de Candela||Finca Gallardo||Marcel Miranda|
|10||86.00||Café Eleta, El Capitan||Piedra de Candela||Fernando Eleta, CIATSA||Café Volcan Baru, S.A.|
|11||85.03||Coopcafeb 2||Boquete||Cooperativa de Productores de Café Boquete||Coopcafeb|
|12||85.00||Don Bosco Estate Coffee||Piedra de Candela||Choli de Moreno||Finca Don Bosco|