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“Best Coffee in the World!!”

Cafe Ruiz Coffee Tasting
Ranked #6 of 28 Tours in Boquete
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Reviewed 11 June 2014

Make sure to try and sample all of the different roasts and cafes. Geisha was the best. We had an amazing tour! It is definitely worth the experience. Staff were extremely knowledgeable.

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Reviewed 31 May 2014

We arrived at the mountain town of Boquete in Panama.

There are many coffee plantations in Boquete. Today we took time and visited one of Panama's most famous family owned coffee companies: Cafe Ruiz.

Our tour guide Carlos informed us about the art of growing, processing and tasting coffee.

We saw the 92 year old owner of Cafe Ruiz sitting outside on the terrace of the coffee shop. Carlos told us that he is still active on site. It must be his passion for coffee, which is keeping him young!

Our tour took 3 hours and we learned a lot.

The golden grains of the coffee fruits are protected by 3 different shells. All of them have to be taken off before the roasting process can start.

Imperfect coffee beans are carefully sorted out. A great deal of the sorting process is done by hand. Patient workers are doing this for hours day after day.

Most of the sorting process is done by throwing the beans in a big container, which is filled with water.The beans, which float on the water have a low quality. They float because worms have damaged them. Holes inside make these beans float. Carlos told us that floating beans are sold to instant coffee makers.

Last but not least, we learned that locals like to drink just 1 cup of medium-roasted coffee in the morning. Why?
It is very humid and hot in Panama. People sweat most of the time, even if they are not doing anything at the moment. Because of the climate locals do not feel like drinking warm coffee often during the day. One cup of coffee in the morning is just fine.
Medium-roasted coffee has a long pleasant aftertaste. Light or dark roasted coffee, on the other hand, does not have a long aftertaste. Locals like medium-roasted coffee best because they can still enjoy their special 'morning cup' many hours later.
Locals like a to live a balanced life-style. The lighter the coffee is roasted the more caffeine is retained. Medium-roasted coffee is the 'golden middle'.

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Thank Mara K
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

Learn a lot about coffee production and processes. Great experience highly recommended. Not too many choices regarding the time of the tour.

Thank Yanisa A
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Reviewed 7 May 2014

I am a big coffee fan, and enjoyed touring this beautiful coffee plantation with an excellent, informative guide. I didn't understand how complex the process of growing, harvesting and processing coffee is until this tour. It gave me a much greater appreciation for the cups of coffee I drink each morning! The tour ended at a tasting room where we were offered various hot cups of coffee to taste differences in roasting of the beans, etc. Once you decide on which you like best, there are bags available for purchase so you may savor the yummy coffee at home. Definitely Worth the visit for any coffee lover.

See more pics from my tour: http://www.xplormor.com/expeditions/xplor-panama/boquete/

Thank XplorMor
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Reviewed 29 April 2014

We didn't go for the tour, but bought some of their Berlina coffee (local, picked and roasted and packaged on-site) and had a small pot of it to drink while we relaxed on their patio. Surrounded by beautiful hills and so relaxing. The coffee was some of the best I've ever had. The lady insisted that we try it without milk or sugar first, before bringing them out to us, and I'm glad she did. With coffee this fresh, and this well made, you don't really need either.

If we'd had more time we would have done the coffee tour. It's just a short walk to get there, go north on the main street and turn left at the fork. It's just up the hill and around the bend.

Thank CRJ03
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