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Latin America Coffee Farms in Chiriqui Panama

Baby coffee plants growing in Chiriqui Panama

I have visited many places in Latin America and still need to visit many more. Coffee farms Chiriqui Panama are located near the border of Costa Rica in Chiriqui. It takes about 3 hours to reach this city by car driving from Panama City, Panama.

Coffee production first sprang up in Panama in the early 1900s. At that time, though, there was wild coffee throughout the Pacific Ocean side of Panama. It was the Boquete Valley that stood up to lead the burgeoning industry. Pioneering arabica coffee, which the International Coffee Organization today recognizes as some of the highest quality in the world. Panama honey processed coffee is one of the preferred by many coffee lovers due to its caramel and dark chocolate notes.

Coffee farm Don Vicente Chiriqui Panama
Coffee farm Don Vicente Chiriqui Panama

This farm grows mainly Caturra, Bourbon and some Geisha coffee varieties. There are some old Bourbon coffee plants that still produce great quality coffee cherries. These plants are over 10 years old and harvest once a year. Coffee farms Chiriqui Panama are situated around the same region, but I had the pleasure to visit my friends farm Finca Don Vicente. This is a family owned farm which has been running for generations.

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Coffee Farm Pictures in Chiriqui, Panama

panama caturra washed coffee

I will be posting more coffee farm pictures during this week about coffee farms I have visited in Latin America. This post its only part of a series of pictures I took at many Latin America coffee farms. If you like you can grab the Panama coffee mug and show your support. Perfect mug to take to work and code with coffee if you’re a developer.

Coffee Farm Pictures Chiriqui  Panama
Coffee Farm Pictures Chiriqui Panama
Cows at coffee farm in Chiriqui
Cows at coffee farm in Chiriqui

I enjoy taking pictures of coffee farms in Latin America. The idea is to show you where Cocotu’s coffee comes from. I also like to show you the hard work it takes to produce a great cup of specialty coffee and why it’s worth the price.

View coffee farm in Chiriqui
View coffee farm in Chiriqui
Coffee tree Caturra variety in Chiriqui
Coffee tree at coffee farm in Chiriqui
Soil with no chemicals at farm
Soil with no chemicals at coffee farm Chiriqui

For most, the above image means nothing. But, this means a lot when grading a coffee farm’s use of chemicals. As you can see little plants are growing one the soil, there are also insects like ants and worms hanging out. If a coffee farm is heavily under pesticide use you would not see life on the ground under the coffee trees.

Coffee tree with cherries at farm Chiriqui Panama
Coffee tree with cherries at farm Chiriqui Panama
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Arabica vs Robusta Coffee Beans Varieties

arabica robusta coffee beans

Arabica vs Robusta. Robusta taste is more bitter than Arabica due to its high concentrations of caffeine. Arabica contains about 60% more lipids and almost twice the concentration of sugars than Robusta. Green beans of Robusta are about half the price of Arabica beans. Robusta is less sensitive to insects and plagues than Arabica. Robusta yields more caffeine concentrations which acts as a chemical defense against bugs.

Most coffee from Latin America is Arabica variety. Coffee from Latin America is widely consumed in big cities such as New York City.

Coffea canephora, commonly known as robusta coffee, is a species of coffee that has its origins in central and western sub-Saharan Africa. It is a species of flowering plant in the family Rubiaceae.

Coffee arabica, also known as the Arabian coffee, “coffee shrub of Arabia”, “mountain coffee” or “arabica coffee”, is a species of Coffee. It is believed to be the first species of coffee to be cultivated, and is the dominant cultivar, representing about 60% of global production.

Arabica vs Robusta is a matter of choice and availability at your location. Let me know which one you prefer in the comments section below. Remember to get your favorite coffee accessories featuring cool coffee mugs, T-Shirts, re-usable tote bags and more.

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My first visit La Paz in Bolivia

La Paz Bolivia urban life

I met the Bolivian side of my family for the first time in my life when I went to visit La Paz in (2011). Our encounter was very unique. My Bolivian family members and I both spoke in Spanish, but with different accents (I speak with a Dominican accent). It was very funny.

Anyways, below are some pictures from that first trip about 8-9 years ago. If you like them, write a comment below. Also, follow me on social media @cocotucafe for more pictures of my travels to Bolivia and Latin America.

Basilica de San Francisco
Basilica de San Francisco

While I was walking in La Paz city center, this lady and her colorful uniform grabbed my attention. She was into something.

Working woman in La Paz
Working woman in La Paz
evo narco
Evo Narco wall writing

Many were in favor of Evo, but others clearly did not like him.

Restaurant menu La Paz, Bolivia
Restaurant menu La Paz, Bolivia

Beers, cervezas, chelas were mainly served in the big bottles instead of the regular 8oz we are used to in other countries. Huari is my favorite.

Cocotu at Plaza Murillo in La Paz, Bolivia
Cocotu at Plaza Murillo in La Paz, Bolivia
Grandmother's picture cemetery in La Paz
Grandmother’s picture cemetery in La Paz

Abuela I never met. Rest in Peace.

Uncle Rolo visiting cemetery La Paz, Bolivia
Uncle Rolo visiting cemetery La Paz, Bolivia

Cool uncle Rolo hung out with me. We walked together everywhere.

"Cholita" street vendor La Paz, Bolivia
“Cholita” street vendor La Paz, Bolivia

Cholitas are hard working ladies running many types of business around La Paz. They wear cool hats and traditional outfit. Visit La Paz to experience a full experience of culture and fantastic colonial architecture and history.

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Panama City, Panama Modern Architecture

cocotu panama fandf tower

The architecture in Panama City in Panama is outstanding. I did not know this cool city has so many modern skyscrapers and super modern architecture. I felt the economy in this country was outstanding, even though there are many poor neighborhoods around these fancy buildings (as usual in many countries!).

Coffee production first sprang up in Panama in the early 1900s. At that time, though, there was wild coffee throughout the Pacific Ocean side of Panama. It was the Boquete Valley that stood up to lead the burgeoning industry. Pioneering arabica coffee, which the International Coffee Organization today recognizes as some of the highest quality in the world. Panama honey processed coffee is one of the preferred by many coffee lovers due to its caramel and dark chocolate notes.

panama fandf tower and Cocotu
Cocotu viewing F&F Tower in Panama
F&F Tower Panama
F&F Tower in Panama
Panama cat enjoying the ocean pier
Street cat at pier in Panama City
Boy sitting by pier surrounded by Modern architecture
Kid taking a break by pier in Panama
Modern architecture Building
Modern architecture by fish market in Panama
Downtown Panama City traffic
Downtown Panama City traffic
Colonial architecture
Colonial architecture in Panama still remains

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Quillabamba province coffee region in Peru moments

Manual coffee bean sorting

Quillabamba is a province of La Convencion in Cusco. This region includes several coffee farms located from 1300 to 2000 MASL. Coffee farms are located around Quillabamba where I visited on my last trip. These are divided into several districts including Echarati, Quellouno, Vilcabamba, Santa Ana, Santa Teresa, Maranura, Huayopata, Ocobamba and Incahuasi.

Pictures of Daily Life in Quillabamba province

Below are some pictures I took during my last visit to Quillabamba province. Let me know what you think. I will be posting more pictures of my trips to Latin America while coding with coffee.

Taxi tricycle Quillabamba Peru
Taxi tricycle Quillabamba Peru

Most coffee bean sorting is done manually at my friends specialty coffee processing facility Kaffee 3 Granos in Quillabamba. Here I was helping out and sorting some coffee bean on a size 14 sorting shield (saranda in Spanish).

Manual coffee bean sorting
Manual coffee bean sorting
Quillabamba home grown grapes
Quillabamba home grown grapes
Quillabamba Peruvian grapes
Quillabamba Peruvian grapes
Quillabamba Peru Mountains
Quillabamba Peru Mountains
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Quillabamba coffee region in Peru pictures

Quillabamba region in Cusco Peru

Quillabamba is a coffee region about 4 hours away by car from Cusco. This coffee region is at the ‘ceja de selva’ means at the border of the jungle. I visited some coffee farms over there together with my friend Raul from Kaffee 3 Granos. Raul showed me the entire coffee process from harvesting to producing a great cup of specialty coffee.

See some of the pictures of Quillabamba’s night life to the beautiful landscapes this coffee region has.

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Manual Coffee Roasting at Home Using a Pot

Manual coffee roasting at home
Roasting coffee on a pot at home
Roasting coffee on a pot

Manual coffee roasting can be useful when you don’t have a choice and you want to learn the coffee roasting process. You will need a real hot pot on about 360F and keep stirring the beans non-stop until you hear the ‘cracks’. The cracks usually start at about 10-15min depending on the coffee bean profile you’re trying.

Roasted coffee beans uneven roasted
Coffee beans roasted on a pot

As you can see the roasting of these beans did not come out even. This can be due to many reasons. The coffee bean size, temperature, how much did you stir the coffee beans, etc. Always pre-heat your cooking pot before you start the coffee roasting process at home.

After manual roasting coffee, let the coffee beans rest for about 1 day. Then grind them using your favorite coffee grinder and enjoy while coding with coffee or watching your favorite TV show.