Coffee Farm and Reforestation in Santa Fe, Panama

Coffee Plantation and Reforestation, Santa Fe, Panama

Coffee Plantation and Reforestation, Santa Fe, Panama

Earlier I wrote about my visit to the Cafe El Tute coffee factory in Santa Fe, Panama.  I’m sure you are just DYING to know where all the coffee comes from.

Like I said in the El Tute article, all of the coffee that is processed at the plant comes from farmers in the Santa Fe and surrounding areas.  This is actually a pretty common process.  There are similar co-ops in Boquete and other parts of the country.  Theese co-ops provide start-up funds, seeds, education and all other kinds of help to new and existing farmers.

If you’re a coffee connoisseur you’ll notice that El Tute coffee has hints of citrus blended into it.  that’s because they coffee plants grow surrounded by citrus plants…lemon, lime, orange, you name it.  The citrus plants offer the shade the coffee needs to grow and they also offer great protection against erosion on the mountain sides that they grow on.

Click through the gallery below for a view of the coffee farm I visited on my last trip to Santa Fe, Panama!

~Lauren