First place went to the Hacienda La Esmeralda, owned by the Peterson family and second place went to Carleida Farm, owned by Carlos Santiago.
Raul Lopez wrote in la Estrella.com.pa: "The third place went to the Pacamara variety, produced on the Gea Burnesky farm belonging to Gonzalo Rojas, who explained that this variety was brought from El Salvador. Fourth place went to a mixture of Caturra A and Typica from the Paso Ancho Farm owned by the Franceshi Aguilera family, while fifth place went to Lamastus Family Estates, which presented a Catuai sample.
The winner in the category Exotic Natural was the lot Geisha Natural Jaramillo submitted by Hacienda La Esmeralda, which along with the winners in the other categories, will be auctioned online on June 23.
Second place was awarded to a batch of Jose Gallardo Geisha, with a score of 93.1, which was also a winner in the washed exotic coffees category.
Geisha, one of the finest varieties of coffee in Panama, has reached $374 a kilo, the highest price paid in the international market.
There are approximately 30 members of the Speciality Coffee Association of Panama (SCAP) who grow and export this product. "In high mountainous areas in the province of Chiriqui, located on the border with Costa Rica, some 400 miles west of Panama City, a nest of just over 40 farms grow, as well as Geisha, other varieties of fine Panamanian coffee such as Pacamara, Catuai, Caturra, Bourbon or Typica ", reported Prensa.com.
Panamanian producers of the geisha variety have stated that competition has increased since countries such as Costa Rica, Mexico and Colombia entered this market segment.
In the past eight years Panama come to be seen as the sole producer and exporter worldwide of the geisha variety, with exports reaching between 8000 and 10,000 hundredweight per year and with up to 1000 hundredweight selling locally at a good price.
In the electronic Cup of Excellence auction 46 lots were sold, with maximum payments reaching $1,410 per hundredweight.
Without beating the prices paid at the auctions of specialty coffee in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and El Salvador, in Panama lot of Esmeralda Geisha Natural Jaramillo coffee, from the Peterson family, won first place in the auction, with a priced of $140 ,10 per pound.
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