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A trip to the beautiful town of Boquete should be included in any Panama itinerary. Here you can find some of the most beautiful nature, go on hikes, go water rafting or visit one of the many coffee farms in the area.
I’m honestly not the biggest coffee fan but somehow going on a coffee tour seemed to be on a lot of people’s schedules. Not going would have probably made me feel like I would miss out on something. If there is one feeling that I absolutely hate, then this one would be it for sure.
The day before the coffee tour I went hiking which was pretty exhausting which is why I was not in the mood to do a full-day activity on the following day. Or getting up early. The coffee tour therefore sounded great: no physical activity involved, only 3 hours long and I could just sign up for it in the morning. Which I did.
Going on a coffee tour: The farm
Around 2pm, me and two other people from my hostel got picked up by a taxi and dropped off at the coffee farm, which was about a 15 minute car ride away.
First I got to play with the four dogs that were walking around the farm which personally was my highlight of the day while we were waiting for the other people to arrive. We were a total of around 11 participants and the tour started off with the farmer, who was originally from California I believe, telling us about how he ended up acquiring the farm and about coffee business in general.
It is not a fair business from what I learned, especially not for farmers who don’t know how to market their products properly or don’t have enough language skills to ship their products overseas. It was quite sad. We got to walk around the farm and learned under what conditions coffee beans grow the best.
Going on a coffee tour: Coffee tasting
After the tour around the farm we went back to the sitting area and tasted some coffee. There was a medium roasted as well as a dark roasted one and we got to taste the differences.
After everyone had enjoyed their coffee, the farmer showed us how to properly roast coffee beans and explained a little about the roasting process itself.
And then the tour ended with a beer before getting dropped of back at our accommodation. Salut!
I almost forgot! We also got a little package of coffee to take home, what a cool souvenir!
What do you think about going on a coffee tour? Let me know in the comment section.
And if you are heading to Panama City then check out 5 things to do in Panama City!
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The coffee tour looks pretty neat! I don’t drink that much coffee myself but I am always interested in learning how things are made. Hope you had fun!
Yes same it was quite interesting! Thanks, I did! 🙂