Panama owes its reputation as a top coffee producer not because of the quantity produced, which is relatively low compared to its neighbors, but to the quality of its unique coffee. Numerous varieties are produced in Panama. Among the grand crus, we have selected for the Manufacture the famous geisha, an Ethiopian variety, also called the “champagne” of coffees because of its value.
It is produced at the foot of Barú, a dormant volcano in the west of the country, there the luxuriant high plateau of Panama offer ideal conditions for cultivating coffee plants. This is where the finca Mil Cumbres is set.
This journey stands out in Alain Ducasse’s memory as very emotional one :
“First, we visited the areas where the magnificently bright red “cherries” are dried, sorted and shelled in their transformation into “green” or unroasted coffee grains. Next, we went to visit the plantations spread out around the farm. I especially wanted to see the geisha land parcel (the cru that is considered to be one of the best in the world) of which the entire production is reserved for the Manufacture de café. My hosts insisted that I symbolically plant a young coffee bush.
Inès and Arturo Klein, the owners of Mil Cumbres, had prepared a surprise for me — a friendly picnic. The entire hacienda team was brought together, overflowing in coffee culture and proud to have me taste the produce from their terroir: barbecued meat, fish en papillote, fruits and vegetables from the farm… a feast for the taste buds and an intense moment of pleasure.”