For many of us, the thought of coffee makes stumbling out of bed in the morning a worthwhile effort. Without the promise of enjoying the wonderful aroma of freshly brewed gourmet coffee, we would be reluctant to leave the comfort of our pillows.
Espresso is one of the most popular drinks in the world; a special kind of coffee brewed by driving a small amount of hot water through premium coffee beans ground to an exceptionally fine consistency. Perhaps due to the thickness and substantial aroma and flavor that espresso possesses, many people assume that it contains more caffeine than traditional coffee; the opposite is true, however. The espresso process simply makes the most of each particle of coffee and drop of water.
Many coffee drinkers know that the secret to a great cup of espresso is a particular bean or series of bean characteristics. Great espresso is typically brewed from a premium blend of coffee beans. The truth, however, is that gourmet coffee beans are just the ideal starting point. The qualities of the beans need to be maximized, by brewing them freshly ground just moments before drinking the coffee. This is the best way to achieve a truly great cup of coffee.
True coffee aficionados associate gourmet beans with espresso because premium coffee beans are fresh and vibrant, and the espresso process is able to realize fully the flavor and aroma potential of the bean. There was a time when gourmet coffee beans, particularly the best from Panama, were the sole domain of the wealthy. Increased globalization, however, has made many of the most coveted beans (i.e. Panama Boquete Geisha) available and affordable to all who love the very best espresso possible.
Many examples of such premium coffee beans can be found in Boquete, a small and majestic town nestled in the Central Mountain Range of the Chiriqui Province in Northern Panama. What makes Boquete truly amazing is the sheer scope of the local ecosystem. This area of Panama boasts mountains abundant with natural resources as well as forests, rivers, great fauna diversity and even a volcano. The place is truly unlike any other in the world, and that has made it a wonderful destination for both tourism and premium coffee beans.
Long before Boquete was known as a travel destination, it was recognized throughout the world as a premier source of Panamanian coffee. In fact, the area is abundant with coffee plantations, and it is one of the most prolific and diverse coffee-making regions in the country, which is no small feat. The qualities that have helped make this so include excellent air quality and flow, consistent temperatures and a lack of big storms that could harm the plants.
There was a time when the plantations in Boquete, Panama seemed very far-flung and distant; like magical places where wonderful Panamanian coffee was grown. Today, people come from all around the world to experience the full majesty of Boquete, Panama. Adventures include mountain treks, forest hikes and trips down the rivers, but perhaps the most popular pastime of all are the plantation tours. Visitors get to see firsthand how the coffee is made, and then they get to brew it and taste it right there in its local environment.
One might think that with greater availability and affordability there would be a decreased demand for Boquete Geisha coffee, but that hasn't been the case. In fact, greater worldwide awareness, thanks in great part to the advent of the Internet, has made Panamanian coffee from areas like this even more desirable. Better yet, coffee lovers are no longer limited to local retail channels and are able to order the premium coffee beans and blends directly through specialty companies that appreciate and understand coffee as well as you do.
For the true coffee fan, there is nothing quite like a superior espresso made from the finest Panamanian coffee beans. It exhilarates and infuses our sense of taste and smell in a magical way that standard coffee simply cannot. True happiness is about the small things in life, and sometimes it's found in something as simple as being able to brew amazing espresso in the comfort of your own kitchen.
I love my coffee. There is nothing better in my opinion than to wake up in the morning and head straight over to the coffee maker and start the day off right, with a cup of my favorite premium coffee. I drink a lot of coffee, and I have had many different favorites over the years. In fact I have different favorite coffee types for different drinking experiences. In the morning I usually drink something a little on the stronger side, like a Ristretto (made with espresso). For something to end the night with, I usually go with something a little less robust, such as a basic Arabica Americano. I do not think that there is ever a time not to drink a good cup of premium coffee, but I am picky about where it comes from.
The best coffee in the world in my opinion is Panamanian coffee. Panamanian coffee has, in the past, not received the attention that it deserves. Boquete Panama, with their award winning premium coffee varietals, has set out to change that, and has done a very good job at it.
Boquete is a small town in the highland mountains of Panama, and they grow some of the best premium coffee in the world. One of the best varietals from the region is Geisha. A friend of mine who is a tea drinker introduced me to Geisha coffee a few summers ago. He was always on my case about how I could imbibe cup after cup of what he termed rotgut, due to my habit of always seeking out the strongest coffee that I could get my hands on. He wanted to try to turn me on to something that I might drink, without trying to get me to drink his favorite tea, which he new would always be, a losing battle.
Panama Boquete Geisha has a lighter flavor than my morning standby, but that does not mean that it is any less robust. I was pleasantly surprised that this lighter premium coffee from Panama actually lit up my palette with a whole array of flavor that I was unaccustomed to in a regular cup of Joe. The Esmeralda Boquete Geisha that I had filled my senses with strong floral hints of cherry and even a slight and subtle taste of honey. It was one of the best premiums coffees I had ever tasted at any price. It had such a different flavor, naturally produced by the growing conditions that the Boquete region of Panama provided, that I almost forgot about coffee for a second and thought of my favorite beer, as it had almost a hop like quality to it.
Panamanian coffee was some of the best known to man, I knew this, but I had never experienced such a wide variety of flavors in a single cup like I did with Boquete Geisha. The closest thing I think I could compare it to would be some of the Ethiopian and Kenyan premium coffee blends that I have had in the past, but these were blends, and would never be able to stand on their own against the single varietal Panama Boquete Geisha.
Panamanian coffee is finally getting the recognition it deserves through growers' international award winning success and the Panamanian coffee tourism board. I am glad to see it. The region has the best climate, the best soil, and the best growing and roasting processes, and what they have to offer the world cannot be reproduced anywhere else.
The main reason I am glad to see Panamanian coffee become more popular worldwide is the simple fact that I want to continue to drink it. In recent years, rising land costs and thriving ex-pat immigration have made it next to impossible for native Panama residents to capitalize on the coffee industry. Panama Boquete Geisha has been instrumental in letting the world see that the product they produce is not only better than much of what is available elsewhere, but that what people think of as a regular old cup of Joe elsewhere, is here, a flavorful, aromatic, and multifaceted drink that even tea drinkers can and will recommend to the staunchest of strong coffee snobs. I am one of those strong coffee snobs, and the recommendation was one of the best pieces of advice I have ever gotten.
SISEL KAFFE, which is made from Premium Panama Boquete Geisha coffee beans is one of life's greatest pleasures.
A good cup of coffee can come from almost anywhere. That crummy diner down the street, your Aunt Marge's, the nearby gas station, any of these places can unexpectedly produce a pretty decent morning-starter.
That's a different story. Then what about a world-class cup of coffee? That might be an even stranger story, read on to learn more.
Coffee, it turns out, is like fine wine. There are varieties that are nice and will do for everyday purposes, readily available at your local grocery store or what-have-you; there are finer wines that cost a little more and are slightly harder to find; and then there are exquisite, work-of-art varieties that you may never have heard of, that only connoisseurs even attempt to find and taste and buy.
One of the most amazing varieties of world-class coffees is called "Panama Boquete Geisha Coffee". This doesn't mean it is made for ornately painted Japanese ladies of the night, it means that the coffee is something out of this world. Delicate, beautiful, infused with delicious notes of honey, citrus, jasmine and more, this coffee bean glows a gorgeous scarlet when on the tree, and creates a delicate cup of coffee with an unforgettable flavor.
So now you know what makes a great cup of coffee, it is Boquete Geisha beans from Panama!