|Coffee Tradition in a Biodiversed Environment
Boquete is a natural valley located on the eastern skirts of the Baru Volcano in Panama. The
great majority of its 484.3 squared kilometers are 1000 meters above sea level.
Petroglyphs tells us that indigenous groups settled in the area years before Spaniards came
to America. By mid 1800's small groups of Spaniards descendants started to move from lower
lands up to the valley of Boquete. Many also moved from the small towns created along the
indian road to the Atlantic side - area known by the Spaniards since 1637.
In 1911, Boquete becomes a district after being part of David district since 1905. Coffee as an
agricultural activity started in Boquete around 1894. According to the 1907 census, there
were 293,500 coffee trees planted in Boquete - seventy one percent of this quantity were in
coffee farms owned by inmigrants from the US, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland and
Today, around 60% of coffee exports from Panama comes out of Boquete. Its varieties
represent one of the finest coffee from the world. Geisha, Typica, Bourbon, and others are
acquiring world recognition in Cup Competitions.
Among the important contributions, Boquete has become an important point for scientific
studies. Since Boquete embraces part of still preserved natural Baru Volcano area, scientific
studies comes out its different natural areas. For instance, in 1848, J.v. Warscewicz - polish
naturalist - crossing Boquete in its expedition from the Pacific to the Atlantic being the first in
introducing Panamanian Orchids to the Europe world. In1849, B. Seeman - german botanist -
visits Boquete finding many unkown plants.
Biodiversity is highly valued in Boquete. Coffee plantations are serving as buffer zone
between the man-made interventions on nature and the still preserved natural areas.
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