Culture and Music in Panamá

Coffee in Panama

The coffee in Panama is incomparable. Hardly any other coffee variety brings such an enjoyable taste as the "Geisha". This is guaranteed by the many small family farms in the country, which carry out the coffee cultivation with a lot of know-how, but above all with passion.

A land of coffee farmers

In order to produce a high-quality and enjoyable product that enjoys worldwide recognition, one thing in particular is needed: coffee farmers who pursue the goal of making coffee better and better. This is ensured, among other things, by a great education that teaches the people of Panama how to grow coffee from scratch. They learn how the coffee has to be grown and harvested already during their training.

The coffee pickers can live well on their wages, which are not comparable with German conditions. Earnings of up to 12.50 euros per day are possible in this job, which they can only do during the three-month harvest period. It is estimated that the country has around 300 farmers who live from cultivation.

Quality that pays off

Farmers in Panama do not compromise. They meticulously ensure that the quality of the product remains incomparable and, above all, very good - perhaps even growing. Environmental protection is an important criterion. No farmer wants to destroy the land by clearing the local forests in order to achieve the highest possible yield.

The farmers follow the goal of sustainability, which is important in cultivation as well as in harvesting and processing. They use little water in washing the beans, and natural fertilizer is obtained from the leftovers from processing.

Quality inspection is still carried out on site. Defective beans are sorted out directly, the high quality beans are roasted for sampling and finally tested for aroma, acidity, body and taste during coffee tasting. Only if all these criteria are found to be excellent is it a sign of the excellent "Geisha" coffee, which is one of the best coffees in the world - and has even won several awards.

Taste has its price

Fair production that follows environmental protection and does not exploit employees has its price. Geisha" coffee is grown on huge plantations located in the highlands of Panama. It is precisely this privileged location that makes for good coffee. It is said that for this particular type of coffee is paid even up to 300 dollars for a pound. In the shop, it can be up to 200 dollars less, but still you may have to pay up to 100 dollars.

The "Geisha" coffee

The taste of the "Geisha" coffee is more reminiscent of black tea or fruit tea, with hints of grapefruit and wild berries paired with an array of intense spices, among other things. The smell alone sets it apart from traditional coffee. There are less strong roasted aromas - it's more floral and fruity smells that come to your nose.

Harvesting and production are still done by hand. It takes half a day to pick a 40-kilo sack of coffee cherries. At the same time, 100 kilos of the laboriously picked harvest later make 20 kilograms of coffee beans.

The best yields are obtained in the region around the volcano Barú and the small town of Boquete, - places that are popular as a place to live due to their untouched nature and the pleasant temperatures at an altitude of over 1000 metres. The climate there and the untouched nature not only offer the optimal conditions for the coffee farmers, but also colorful flowers, fascinating waterfalls and many different animal species settle here.

Many more highlights can be discovered on a Panama trip!

Money and Lotto - Dinero y Loteria

The currency in Panama is actually the Balboa. Generally, however, you pay with dollars and also the current American US exchange rate is calculated. If you do receive Balboa, then only as coinage.

Throughout the country there are ATMs where VISA and MasterCards are accepted. Amex is unfortunately not accepted everywhere. Here you should always pay attention to the foreign fees and organize before traveling abroad credit cards without fees. Consorsbank, for example, does not charge any fees for the VISA card and for cash withdrawals (especially at Scotiabank). Credit cards are not accepted at every petrol station, so you should always have enough cash with you. If you pay with credit card, you have to show your passport for identification, I even use my German identity card as "Cédula de Alemania" ;)

Every Wednesday and Sunday is lottery day and in the whole country lottery tickets are sold on the days before. You can see the grandmas and grandpas "Abuelas" selling the "Biletes" at the shopping malls and on the streets with their open wooden boxes. Lotto as it is known in Germany with crosses, there is no such thing here, you can only choose your "lucky numbers" and combinations from a fixed stock of numbers. Lotto tickets with 4 numbers are available for a dollar and tickets with 2 numbers for 25 cents.


In the capital Panama City (Ciudad de Panamá) there are several large shopping malls such as Multiplaza, Multicentro and Allbrook Mall. In Allen there are several floors of shops from well-known brands A to Zara.

Large separate areas are full of restaurants with fresh grilled meat, for example in "La Barilla de Estancia" or the worldwide fast food chains. But also in other cities like David, Santiago de Veraguas or Chitré there are shopping malls.

In the larger shops with food there is everywhere a "Farmacia" pharmacy area, also with many well-known German pharmaceutical products. A special feature compared to Germany, however, is that you can also buy individual tablets and not the whole package. This is something you sometimes wish for in Germany and the "Jubilatos" pensioners even get discounts here, as they do in restaurants.

More about the Shopping Malls in Panamá can be found in the travel section.