Twenty-four producers from Volcan, Boquete and Renamiento will be parading their their best lots in a year when the volume of production has been devastated by heavy rain.
The XVth The Best of Panama, event started Wednesday April 6, at the International Exhibition of Flowers and Coffee in Boquete, and will continue through Saturday.
There are two categories: coffees washed and processed with honey, and natural coffee with 29 lots of high quality specialty and seven natural coffees that will be evaluated by 16 judges from Norway, Japan, Taiwan, the USA and Costa Rica.
Currently Panama holds the record for producing the best geisha coffee in the world, with prices reaching over $170 a pound last year, leading to prices in some exclusive cafes in other countries of up to $40 a cup.
With smaller crops this year, the $170 level is expected to be surpassed.