Panamanian coffee awarded in U.S.

Elida coffee, from the Geisha variety grown in Panama, won first place in the category of coffee at the Good Food Awards held in San Francisco, United States. The Good Food Awards honor the top products in the United States that have outstanding flavor and are produced in a way that is environmentally and socially responsibly.

The Geisha coffee grown on the Elida farm in Alto Quiel, Boquete, Chiriquí Province, is roasted by Verve Coffee Roasters. The Panamanian bean, owned by the Lamastus family, competed with 320 coffees from around the world and beat out brews from Ethiopia, Kenya, Guatemala, Colombia, Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador. The roasting company Verve Coffee Roasters sells a pound of Geisha for $130 in the U.S. market, reported Wilford Lamastus, quality manager for the Elida farm.

In its third year, the Good Food Awards were given in nine categories: beer, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, coffee, confections, pickles, preserves and spirits. Verve Coffee Roasters, who roast the bean grown in Panama, was awarded in the coffee category. The Good Food Awards seal, found on winning products, assures consumers they have found something exceptionally delicious that also supports sustainability and social good.

The Good Food Awards are sponsored by Whole Foods Market, one of the most prestigious supermarkets in the U.S. that specializes in selling organic products.