Felix is our guide for this day with whom we ride our quads on the dirt road up the mountains to a coffeeplantation. He is standing in for his son, who we actually should have accompanied today but got a sprained joint thanks to a riding accident .
We stop at a lookout point and are able to have a look at Boquete from above. You can see really far from here. Felix tells us about the relationship between alto Boquete and bacho Boquete very extensively. Somehow the topic drifts off to peculiarities of the Spanish language depending on the country and region. For example you should never say “Adios” to someone in Panama – this is just intended as “goodbye” for the deceased… or to someone with whom you really have beef with… Whops – You are probably on the safe side with just “Hasta luego”.
Coffeeplantation Don Ruiz
As we arrive at the plantation, we are surprised by the flood of information that Felix has to offer about coffee. Unlike many touristy plantation tours which very rudimentary explain the process of coffee production, here, hardly any questions are left unanswered. The coffee brand “Royal” (composed of the initials of the operators: Ro y Al) buys the coffee produced by Don Ruiz here. Ruiz planted a variety of coffee in this area (Arabica and Robusta are just general), i.a. the rather expensive Geisha kind. Through various drying processes (a coffee fruit has 4 layers), selection of the fruit by size, roasts, grinds and preparation (Felix thinks that everything except french press is an insult to coffee) this is almost science .