Coffee production in Panama was occurring in the Boquete Valley by the early 20th century, although coffee was growing wild all over the Pacific coast region of Panama by this time, when production did not match domestic consumption. The International Coffee Organization (ICO) has grouped mild arabica as the variety of coffee that is grown in Panama. The best quality of coffee in Panama is grown in Boquete.
Panama coffee ranges from medium quality lower altitude farms to those at 1600 – 1800 meters centered in the area of Boquete in the Chirqui district near the border with Costa Rica. Some farms feature coffees from higher altitudes are brightly toned, with clean In some coffee taster’s lexicon, “fruity” means the coffee is tainted with fruit, and “fruited” means a coffee is graced by positive fruit notes.