Origins of coffee in Boquete

Surrounded by lush nature, a quiet town of Boquete is mostly famous for two things  – coffee plantations and as a place to retire for Americans. We went there for the first one. Situated 1,200 metres (3,900 ft) above sea level, Boquete is cooler than the rest of Panama and it is a great place to enjoy nature. Rafting, hiking, hot springs – here you can find it all. It is also home to Barú Volcano National Park.

Coffee fruits
Coffee plants in Boquete - the home of many famous coffee plantations

How to get to Boquete, Panama

Getting from Panama City to Boquete is not difficult, but, unless you rent a car and drive, there are no direct links from Panama City to Boquete – you have to get to David first. Depending on your budget and available time, you have two main options to choose from.

Easy and more expensive option to get to Boquete, Panama

First, you have to take a flight from Panama City to David. You can fly from Tocumen International Airport (PTY) with Copa Airlines or Albrook Airport (PAC) with Air Panama. The flight takes about 30 minutes. Once you get to David, you have to take a local bus to Boquete or organise a pick up from your hotel. It takes about 45 minutes to reach your final destination from the airport.

Cheaper option to get from Panama City to Boquete, Panama

If you want to save some money and don’t mind spending 6 hours on the bus, then land travel is the best way to go. First, take the bus from Albrook Bus Terminal all the way to David. Depending whether it’s an express bus or not, it costs between $15 and $20. Upon arrival you have the same options as above to get to Boquete – local bus (cheap, but takes time) or transfer (easy, but costs more than a ticket from Panama City to David).

Lush valleys in Boquete highlands
Lush valleys in Boquete highlands.
Caldera River
Caldera River in Boquete, Panama.
Coffee plants
Coffee plants ready to be planted.
Banana plants in coffee plantation
Banana plants can also be found in coffee plantation. They can provide extra revenue, but more importantly, they also provide shade and nutrients to sensitive coffee crops.
Coffee fruit to coffee bean
From coffee fruit to coffee bean.
Casa Ruiz coffee facility
The tour of Casa Ruiz coffee facility.
Coffee bean packing
Getting ready to ship coffee beans all over the world.
Coffee bean sorting
The best coffee beans are sorted by hand. Yes, the beans are sorted one by one.
Fresh coffee in Boquete
The best, freshest coffee you can get.