In the early 2000s, amidst the backdrop of low commodity coffee prices, the Specialty Coffee Association of Panama introduced "The Best of Panama" competition. This groundbreaking event aimed to showcase the finest coffee lots, sparking a global interest in premium Panamanian coffee.
One particular estate, Hacienda La Esmerelda, owned by the Peterson family, had cultivated a distinctive variety known as "geisha" for years. Their participation in the Panama coffee competition catapulted the geisha coffee bean into the international spotlight. Remarkably, they secured victory in the competition for four consecutive years from 2004 to 2007, and again in 2009 and 2010.
The success of Hacienda La Esmerelda Geisha coffee led to an unprecedented surge in its price. In 2013, it achieved a staggering $350.25 per pound, making it the world's most expensive auctioned coffee. But does the flavor profile justify the price tag? Undoubtedly. The geisha variety is uniquely characterized by its intensely floral notes, bursts of citrus fruit, and a tea-like body.
While geisha coffee can be found in other parts of Central America, Panama's distinct climate and soil provide an unparalleled advantage. Building on this legacy, and following our recent land acquisition in Boquete, we proudly introduce Batalla Coffee. This specialty coffee, offered in seven exclusive secret blends, aims to put Panama on the map.
Our top-tier blends, 6/7 and 7/7, feature the coveted Geisha Variety and are now available at select coffee shops in Argentina and Uruguay. Embark on a journey with Batalla Coffee and savor the unparalleled quality rooted in Panama's rich coffee heritage.
At Batalla Coffee, our mission is to elevate Panama to the zenith of the global specialty coffee scene by crafting and delivering the world's finest coffee experiences. Rooted in a commitment to uncompromising quality, sustainability, and ethical practices, we aim to redefine the coffee industry paradigm.
Batalla Coffee envisions a future where Panama is celebrated as the undisputed champion of specialty coffee worldwide. We strive to be the catalyst for this transformation by consistently setting new standards for excellence, sustainability, and social responsibility.
OUR CORE VALUES
Quality, not quantity
Quality First: We are dedicated to sourcing and roasting coffee of the highest caliber, ensuring every cup of Batalla Coffee is an exceptional and memorable experience.
Sustainability Pioneer: As stewards of the environment, we are committed to pioneering sustainable coffee production. Through innovative practices and partnerships, we aim to reduce our ecological footprint and inspire positive change in the industry.
Fair Wages, Bright Futures: Recognizing the importance of the human element in coffee cultivation, we pay one of the highest salaries in the region. Our commitment to fair wages extends beyond our employees to include collaborations with smaller farms, empowering them to embrace sustainable practices and thrive.
Community Empowerment: We believe in fostering stronger, more resilient communities. By supporting smaller farms and local initiatives, we actively contribute to the economic and social well-being of the regions we touch.
Global Ambassador for Panamanian Coffee: Our ambition is to position Panama as the global epicenter for specialty coffee. Through continuous innovation, educational initiatives, and global partnerships, Batalla Coffee proudly carries the banner of Panamanian coffee excellence.