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Panama Esmeralda Gains Highest Rating Ever Awarded at CoffeeCuppers.Com

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Panamanian Coffee - Back in the news
Panamanian Coffee - Back in the news
(PRLog.Org) – Sep 25, 2007 – Ramsey, Minnesota — A major success story has emerged at the headquarters of Paradise Roasters, a boutique gourmet coffee roaster just outside of Minneapolis, MN. Having already obtained the two highest scores ever awarded by another respected coffee review site, Paradise Roasters has now scaled the heights of CoffeeCuppers.com. CoffeeCuppers.Com, the brainchild of Bob Yellin and Jim Schulman, is the industry’s other highly regarded and respected independent coffee review site. The achievement by Paradise Roasters constitutes a “clean sweep” and a unique record of coffee roasting excellence untouched by other roasters of any size. (more)
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$15-a-cup java bound to be an eye-opener

Food & Drink Matthew Ramsey, CanWest News Service VANCOUVER -- Starting this morning, coffee drinkers in Vancouver will be able to sip some seriously expensive brew. At a staggering $15 per eight-ounce cup ($135 per half pound in bean form), the Panama-grown, 100-per-cent geisha varietal bean is the most expensive coffee ever to hit lips in this coffee-crazy city. Caffe Artigiano's five locations will start brewing it today, and despite the price, Hastings store manager Joaquin Quian is confident it will sell. The chain has 80 pounds of the black gold to carefully measure out. "I'm not saying this coffee is for everybody," Quian said. "Anybody in the industry would want to taste this." Quian said the beans are costly because they are grown in small quantities and were recently judged at a coffee competition as among the best on Earth. The coffee boasts delicate hints of orange blossom and jasmine and a sweet acidity that covers the drinker's entire palate, Quian said. It's best to drink it in slurps, he added, because as with fine wine, the flavour intensifies when mixed with air. The flavour is said to improve as the coffee cools. It's also best to make the coffee in a French press, Quian said. Coffee fans could put it through a drip machine and add cream, but Quian said that would be akin to using an excellent wine to make sangria or a spritzer. Perish the thought.
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Cookin In The Volcano

Food & Drink By Glenn Gamboa for Panama-Guide.com - Jonesing for some really good Thai, Mexican, or Italian food? How about some sauerbraten or a big bowl of hot and sour soup? Ever wonder how they do that? Well now you can answer all those questions and learn to create ethnic foods that will with hold their own against any served in Panama. Welcome The Three Sisters Cooking School in the lovely village of El Valle de Anton now offering classes in Asian, German, Mexican, French and Italian cuisines. The courses includes an informative lecture, covering the historical foodways of each respective culture, and the intensive hands on preparation and production of classic dishes that will provide the culinary foundations for further self exploration. Classes are held at the home of Glenn and Reinhild Gamboa in El Valle usually on the weekends and are supervised by The Three Sisters. (more)
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Trade deals mean more unsafe food, group says

Food & Drink By David J. Lynch, USA TODAY - Pending trade deals with Peru and Panama could open the door to an increase in imports of unhealthy seafood, according to the watchdog group Public Citizen. The warning comes amid repeated episodes in recent months of poor-quality food, toys, toothpaste and tires imported from China. Inspectors for the Food and Drug Administration, which examines less than 2% of all seafood imports, reject on average a couple of shipments each month from the two Latin American nations for reasons such as filth, salmonella in shrimp and listeria in smoked salmon. The past nine years, U.S. food inspectors rejected 207 Panamanian seafood shipments and 182 Peruvian deliveries, according to FDA statistics obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request by Food & Water Watch, a Public Citizen offshoot. The United States imported just $104.8 million worth of seafood last year from Panama and $60.6 million from Peru — only a sliver of the $1.9 billion in Chinese-made seafood it buys. Those figures are expected to rise, however, under the proposed trade deals, which Congress is expected to consider later this year. Today, 81% of all seafood is imported, and government inspectors would be overwhelmed by a further import surge triggered by lowering trade barriers, says Lori Wallach, Public Citizen's trade expert. (more)
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$130 Per Pound? Holy Asian Palm Civet Crap!

Food & Drink Yesterday there was a live on-line auction of the "Best of Panama" coffee. While the auction was going on I called and spoke to Price Peterson, the owner of the Hacienda Esmeralda, when the price went over $50.00 per pound and it became apparent this auction was going to set a new world record for coffee sold at auction. Then I spent the rest of the early afternoon monitoring the auction and it closed out at 1:45 pm with the Hacienda Esmeralda lot selling for $99.99 per pound. But it turns out that there was a technical glitch in the software being used for the auction. Since no one had considered it possible the coffee might sell for more than $100 per pound became impossible for bidders to place a bid above $99.99. So they decided to close out the bidding on all other lots except the Geisha variety from the Hacienda Esmeralda, which eventually sold for an astonishing $130 per pound. But even at this price the Hacienda Esmeralda coffee is not the most expensive coffee in the world. (more)
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Panamanian Coffee Smashes World Record

Food & Drink By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - One lot of 10 bags (500 lbs) of Panamanian coffee from the Hacienda La Esmeralda finca is getting a lot of attention in a live on-line auction, smashing the world record set for coffee sold at auction. The prior record was $50.25 per pound which was established by the same Geisha variety of speciality coffee produced by the Hacienda La Esmeralda finca in 2006. The auction just closed at about 1:45 pm, and the final price was $99.99 per pound, smashing the previous world record. According to Price Peterson, the owner of the Hacienda La Esmeralda, "there's a lot of interest in our coffee in this auction, and there's no telling how high the price might go." The auction lot consisted of 10 bags weighing 22.70 kg. (50 lbs.) each, representing a small part of the 2007 harvest from the Hacienda La Esmeralda. The finca is located in Jaramillo, Boquete at an altitude of 5,412 feet in Panama's western Chiriqui province near the Costa Rica border. The Geisha variety of coffee produced at the Hacienda La Esmeralda is widely recognized as one of the best coffees in the world. (more)
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Good Friday, Holy Week, and the Seafood Market in Panama

Food & Drink Today, the Thursday before good Friday during Holy Week (Semana Santa) is the busiest day of the year at the seafood market in Panama City. Catholic tradition dictates that no one should eat red mean tomorrow, Good Friday. "The National Conference of Catholic Bishops of the United States made abstinence from meat mandatory on Ash Wednesday and all Fridays of Lent and recommended that it be observed on all Fridays of the year but has allowed individual Catholics to substitute another penance on Fridays if they could not abstain from meat. For purposes of abstinence, fish is not considered to be meat because it comes from a cold-blooded animal rather than a warm-blooded one." (Source) The result is a major movement of seafood through the market, with vendors buying up and selling everything they can get their hands on, and buyers coming in from all over. From what I could tell there was a lot of buying going on and very little price-gouging. It seems like the vendors were just happy for the extra traffic. (more, and photos)
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Cafe Duran Makes World's Largest Cup of Coffee

Food & Drink javno.com Panama City - Panama's top coffee producer said it believes it has set a new record for the world's biggest cup of coffee, after brewing 2 840l in a giant mug on Sunday. Producer Cafe Duran used 136kg of arabica coffee to brew a cup measuring 2,75m by 1,5m over four hours. "We are really thrilled with this, Panama has done it!" Ricardo Duran, director-owner of the company, said to loud applause, fireworks and live tropical music. The company will submit its record-breaking attempt to officials at Guinness World Records this month. The previous Guinness record was held by the United States for brewing 2 500l in New York in 1994. The initiative aims to draw attention to Panama's small but growing gourmet, estate-grown coffee industry, organisers said. "And the coffee's actually damn tasty," said Irma Castillo, a Panama City resident sipping the hot drink as it was given away after the record attempt.
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The New York Bagel Cafe in El Cangrejo

Food & Drink This afternoon I got over to meet John Hurst, proprietor of the New York Bagel Cafe in El Cangrejo. On 15 March 2007 they will have been open for six months. I ran a half-baked (sorry) article about the place when they opened. I've been meaning to get over there and I'm glad I finally did. Man, there's nothing like a real no-kidding bagel done right. If you have not had the chance to go find this place then you're missing out. The cafe is much larger than you would expect and is tastefully decorated and very comfortable. There's a combination of tables and a sofa that's perfect for reading the paper and working on your bottomless mug of coffee. Did I mention that they have the only bottomless coffee mug in Panama? Yup, all you can drink. You can suck down the java until the back of your head blows off. And there are other surprises as well. "As far as I know we are the only place in the world that has maracuyá creme cheese," said John. "It took us awhile to get it right..." And, it's fantastic on bagel chips. Right off the chart, unique and wonderful.
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City Grill - Great Pizza and Cold Beer

Food & Drink A long time ago I met a guy in Panama City who was fresh off the boat from China. As it works with the Chinese mafia in Panama City, the "new guys" are given a loan and help with the paperwork they need to get their businesses up and running. In return they have to pay back the loan with interest, of course. It just so happened that this guy was a great cook, and he made the best egg-rolls in town. I mean, you would think that there's not a lot you can do to improve on the basic concept of an egg roll, right? I don't know how he did it, but he made the best friggin' egg-rolls on the planet. I would routinely order large platters (50 or 100) for parties and stuff, and soon I had half of Panama hooked on his egg-rolls. I sang his praises far and wide, and pretty soon his restaurant was packed all the time. Now don't get me wrong, I know I sent a few customers his way, and I'm not trying to take credit for the guy's success. He did it on his own, with hard work and some fantastic eggrolls. (more).
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