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Panama and Coffee Brief History And You Can Get This Coffee

Although the population of Panama is only 4 million, those 4 million people inhabit an area of just 29,000 square miles, making Panama one of the most densely inhabited countries in the world. Previously part of Colombia, the entire history of Panama is one at the center of which is United States influence. The country is wealthy, especially by the standards of its neighboring countries, owing in large part to the Panama Canal, a crucial trade route that has defined its commerce, banking, and tourism industries, the tolls from the canal making up a significant portion of the country’s economy overall.

There are many plants and animals that are found nowhere in the world but in Panama, making the country something of a haven for research scientists and naturalist tourists alike. The jungles are teeming with life, drawing in photographers, artists, and those who want to learn about the natural world. Positioned in what is sometimes considered Central America, Panama is a pivot between Mexico in North America and the countries of South America. Driving, walking, or by boat, millions upon millions of people cross through Panama every single year.

Coffee production first sprang up in Panama in the early 1900s. At that time, though, there was wild coffee throughout the Pacific Ocean side of Panama. It was the Boquete Valley that stood up to lead the burgeoning industry, pioneering arabica coffee, which the International Coffee Organization today recognizes as some of the highest quality in the world. By 2008, Panamanian coffees out of the Boquete Valley have even earned higher ratings and higher prices than coffees exported from Costa Rica. Around 18% of the coffee grown in Panama is robusta. You can read a great coffee review from Coffee Ken on his blog.

The histories of Panama and Colombia are closely intertwined, the former uniting with the latter upon gaining independence from Spain in 1821. Throughout the following decades, this relationship was fraught with trouble, culminating in a war of separation in 1899, which led to the establishment of independent Panama in 1903, the United States supporting this move for economic concerns. In the decade that follows, the United States built the structure that would turn Panama into what it is today, the Panama Canal. The relationship has continued into the modern era, and in 1989, the US invaded Panama in a move that was questioned by the United Nations General Assembly. Despite this invasion and the subsequent war, tourism in Panama was largely unharmed, and even today, it is a spot high on the list of vacationers, history buffs, and coffee aficionados all.

If you want to see South America in all its beauty and all its splendor and to fully comprehend what it is that defines the continent and the complex relations of its countries, Panama is the place to go.

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History Summary of Dominican Republic and Coffee

The island of Hispaniola is split into two parts, Haiti to the west and Dominican Republic to the east. The population of the eastern half of the half, the Spanish-speaking half, is nearly 11 million, and the land area is just under 19,000 square miles. There are an abundance of economic opportunities in the Dominican Republic, and the country today boasts the largest economy in the entire Caribbean. It was here that Christopher Columbus landed in December 1492, encountering the Taino people, who had called the island home since the 600s. Cuba and Puerto Rico are close by, and to the northwest, swim or fly far enough, you will eventually run into Florida. This is an island nation that is proud of its bustling economy but also recognized worldwide for its idyllic beach scenes that draw in sunbathers and vacationers looking to slow down and enjoy life as it comes.

The climate is decidedly tropical in Dominican Republic, tropical cyclones hitting the country every couple of years, the majority along the southern coast. From November to January, the wet season brings torrential rainfalls, and in the mountainous areas, cold temperatures are possible. Across most of the landscape, though, warm, humid air is the norm. Constanza Valley, Los Haitises National Park, the Caribbean Coastal Plain, these are the landscapes you are likely to see printed on a postcard and sold in Santo Domingo.

If you want to see just what Dominican culture stands for, check out the National Palace in the capital. Governed by a strong, multi-party political system, Dominican Republic holds elections every two years and presidential elections every four years, a system that Americans will find familiar.

When the Dominican Republic, then a nation named for its capital as Santo Domingo, declared its independence in 1821, unification of the island of Hispaniola was considered an important goal. By 1838, however, opinions had shifted, and Juan Pablo Duarte founded La Trinitaria, a secret society intended to declare an independent Santo Domingo without foreign assistance. This movement was successful, leading to a succession of leaders throughout the 19th century. In 1930 Rafael Trujillo came to power, ruling Santo Domingo autocratically until 1961, at which time Juan Bosch became the first democratically elected president of the island nation in more than three decades. The story of democracy and representative government in the Dominican Republic is a thrilling one, symbolic of the constant struggle between those who would horde power for themselves and those who would distribute it justly. To visit the Dominican Republic is to experience this history for yourself.

In the mountainous regions of Dominican Republic, arabica coffee dominates the coffee industry, which is based mainly in the highland regions of the island. First introduced to the island in 1715, coffee is today the crop favored by farmers throughout the country.

You taste the coffee, you play spectator to the history – this is the wonder of being in Dominican Republic, and at the end of it all, take in the beach scenes that the country is famous for!

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The New York Coffee Festival

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It was a blast participating in The New York Coffee Festival this weekend. There were about 100 exhibitors, presentations about the amazing coffee culture in New York and many major cities in the United States and of course lots of great coffee.

One of my favorite parts was the ‘Sensory Experience’. This experience placed visitor’s senses to the test. They were divided into groups of 6 and placed in small rooms without any distractions. One of the main experiences was coffee aged in rum, whiskey and Chardonnay barrels. This gave coffee unique flavors and allowed visitors to learn to identify these aromas and fragrances.

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How to brew perfect coffee using a Moka Pot video

Video shows how to make coffee (“Espresso style”) at home. This procedure its been in used for decades in Latin America. But, it was never called “Espresso”. Its just called “home style” coffee brewing. This is how I grew up drinking coffee and still my favorite way of brewing coffee at home.