Steaming Panamanian Coffee

Really fun blog and they’re right about the coffee here – it may not be grown in quantity but it’s top quality!

Lingua Franca

My father was born in the beautiful city of Pereira, capital of the Department of Risaralda in the coffee lands of Colombia in South America.  Risaralda is known to have large plantations of high altitude coffee exported to all corner of the world.  Colombian coffee has a strong demand in the American market.

In the late thirties my father migrated to Panama allured by the lights of the Panama Canal.  He came to work as a carpenter, planned to earn a few buck and then return to his homeland.  He never did.  Fell in love with my mother in a place called Bugaba and planted his roots in this Central American country.

Being from a coffee producing area, he loved black coffee blended in with cigarettes.  Too much of both deteriorated his health and caused his premature death at 62.  Too young to die.  I still miss his wit and…

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