Panamanian coffee gains recognition
PANAMA. Four Central American coffees obtained top ranks in the Rainforest Alliance Cupping contest, which prices the quality of the dr...
PANAMA. Four Central American coffees obtained top ranks in the Rainforest Alliance Cupping contest, which prices the quality of the drink after considering the environmental aspects of the coffee beans’ production.
The top ranking farms were among 80 Rainforest Alliance Certified? farms in 11 countries that participated in the organization’s cupping events in Long Beach, California and New York City last month.
Coffee from the participating farms need to receive scores of 80 or above to receive specialty coffee status.
Panama’s Hacienda La Esmeralda topped the list with 88.99 points, followed by two Guatemalan farms (85.74 and 84.96 points respectively) and one in Costa Rica (84.92).
"Rainforest Alliance Certified farms implement better farm practices that result in environmental, social and economic benefits, and those methods tend to result in better conditions for growing coffee," said Sabrina Vigilante, director of markets at the Rainforest Alliance.