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Posted Tue Mar 4, 2008, 10:00pm
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Chasing the Geisha: Boquete 2008
Road Reports article by Ed Kaufmann

Ed Kaufmann travels from Brooklyn to Panama to visit the Hacienda Esmeralda plantation and the farms of Boquete, in the state of Chiriqui at the foot of Volcan Baru.
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Posted Wed Mar 5, 2008, 7:35pm
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Ed,
You had a good experience in Boquete.  We visited there in 2006, drove all around the area looking at plantations, and then went directly to one of the coffee producers (not sure which one, and being a newbie, I probably went to the wrong one) but cupped some really good coffee at their facility and proceeded to purchase a few pounds of roasted beans.  When we got back to the States and tried them, they were terrible.  We must have gotten the tourista chaff (or more correctly the tourista-shaft) version.  35 lbs of nasty beans in nice foil bags.  I used to live there as a kid (Panama, not Boquete), so it double stings. So, newbies beware!

Now you may be thinking that I was just uninitiated at buying beans from the source countries.  I purchased several pounds while I was in the Dominican Republic and every bit of it was great, I regret not getting more.  I purchased some Kona in Hawaii, and was neutral about it.

Great story, by the way.

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Posted Thu Mar 6, 2008, 1:33pm
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Ed rocks!  Great article!

WTF is "Sprodeo?"

 
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Posted Fri Mar 7, 2008, 5:35am
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Thank you for sharing this with us. Very nice article. Most appreciated.
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Posted Fri Mar 7, 2008, 11:23am
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A great read. It's nice to get these articles, so thanks a lot.

 
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Posted Fri Mar 7, 2008, 11:34am
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Excellent article!, it'd be my dream of a lifetime to do something like this!! {;-D

 
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Posted Mon Mar 31, 2008, 3:56pm
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Great article, what an experience. To see, pick, drink and totally be consumed into that culture must have been amazing. Thanks for the insight.
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Posted Mon Apr 21, 2008, 4:19pm
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Brought back a lot of memories for me.  I visited Boquete many times between 1971 and 1998 and made
friends with the Ruiz family there.  Still have some of their beans in my freezer!  Don't feel bad about
getting lost!  It comes with the trip.
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Posted Wed May 21, 2008, 6:42pm
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Geisha Trail Continues:  auction tomorrow

http://coffee.stoneworks.com/auction/index.cfm

B|Java

 
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Posted Fri May 23, 2008, 5:35pm
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The auction is over. Max bid is $105.25 per pound of green coffee for batch 2.

http://coffee.stoneworks.com/auction/index.cfm

Can someone explain why batch 2 got the highest bid and batch 5 through 10 got much lower bids? All batches have the same Esmeralda Special name.

Found the answer on a link on coffeed. http://michaeleweissmanwrites.com/godinacupofcoffee/

Look like it's about the location on the farm where the batch was harvested from, as well as harvesting dates and cupping.
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