Panama Cupping Competition 2002, Boquete, Chiriqui, Panama

Sometimes, it is abundantly clear that working in the coffee trade has unique advantages over … say… selling pretzels.

It’s not that I don’t like pretzels, but chances are that your pretzel-oriented business trips are going to take you to Pittsburgh or Potomac …But not into the beautiful highlands of Panama, temperature 66 to 68 average year round.

I was invited to be a cupping judge at the 2002 Panama Specialty Coffee Association cupping competition in Boquete, Panama. There were 15 judges, mostly from the United States although there were 2 from Canada and 1 from Japan. The competition is held in Volcan on the Pacific side of Volcan Baru in the Boquete region, and in the town of Boquete (on the east-facing side of Baru).

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