Art and Food

CACAO AND COCOA

Do you know the difference between Cacao and Cocoa?

Cacao is the bean & Cocoa is made from it. Cacao is raw chocolate, an amazing superfood! It has a huge amount of antioxidants and contains lots of vitamins and minerals. Industrial processed and heat refined cocoa products – most of the chocolate candy bars that can be bought in stores – have low levels of cacao and little nutritional value. They often contain sugars, milk fat and artificial flavours.
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Cafe Princesa Janca, Boquete/Panama

‘Shaded by century old trees and the majestic Baru volcano, lulled by the singing of the quetzal bird and the murmur of the wind, it grows, develops and matures into a great coffee…’ This coffee company had been founded by a former president of Panama, who has a strong passion for coffee. The plantation with its coffee shop is located outside the town center of Boquete. After an hour walking, while passing several coffee ...
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With dreaming starts reality!

It is our dream to create a small coffee shop, which will also offer a variety of useful organic products. We had been inspired by coffee and organic shops, which are located in Dublin. One of our favorite places is a small take/away coffee kiosk, which is located on the main road of Ranelagh, Dublin. This kiosk has a very simple and basic set up. The coffee, which they sell is excellent. You can smell the coffee from far away. No wonder ...
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A taste of nature – Cafe Ruiz, Boquete

Boquete, Chiriquí, Panama Thursday, May 29, 2014 We arrived at the mountain town of Boquete in Panama. There are many coffee plantations in Boquete. Today we took time and visited one of Panama’s most famous family owned coffee companies: Cafe Ruiz. Our tour guide Carlos informed us about the art of growing, processing and tasting coffee. We saw the 92 year old owner of Cafe Ruiz sitting outside on the terrace of the coffee shop. ...
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Panama was born globalized

Panama City, Panama  Monday, May 26, 2014 People and cultures all over the world mix in Panama. Today we visited the Casa Sucre Coffeehouse in Casco Viejo, Panama City. ‘Sucre‘ is the French word for sugar. And ‘casa‘ is the Spanish word for home. The name of this coffee shop symbolizes Panama’s cultural mixture. Inside the Casa Sucre Coffeehouse we not only soaked in excellent, balanced coffee, but also the ...
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When Coffee Speaks ….

Panama City, Panama Saturday, May 24, 2014 Today we went to Bajareque, a small fascinating coffee shop in Casco Viejo, a neighborhood in Panama City with lots of Spanish colonial architecture. As soon as the barista of the coffee shop found out that we are passionate about coffee, he introduced us to a manager, who gave us a detailed presentation about their business. He showed us many photographs of the farm, which is supplying the coffee. ...
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This is Costa Rica!

Corcovado National Park, Province of Puntarenas, Costa Rica Saturday, June 7, 2014 The Corcovado National Park is the largest tropical rain-forest of Costa Rica and the last great origianl tract of tropical rain-forest in Pacific Central America. It is located on a peninsula, south-west of Costa Rica. This part of Costa Rica used to be an island. We met our tour guide in Puerto Jimenez and drove to Carate. From there we hiked 3.5 km to the ...
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The Coffee Plantation of Senior Armando Navarro

San Vito, Province of Puntarenas, Costa Rica Tuesday, June 10, 2014 Senior Luis Solis introduced us to some of his friends – Senior Armando Navarro and his family. We had been invited to visit their home and coffee plantation, which has a long family history. The home and coffee plantation of Senior Navarro are located close to San Vito in the Southern part of Costa Rica. Nearby is the national park La Amistad. While walking around the ...
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Parque International La Amistad & Aqua Caliente

San Vito, Province of Puntarenas, Costa Rica Wednesday, June 11, 2014 Senior Luis Solis introduced us to a young friendly, energetic woman and her warm-hearted family. Her name is Karen Melissa Araya. We drove together to the ‘Parque International La Amistad’ (International Friendship Park). This enormous National Park is located in the South of Costa Rica and extends into Panama. We hiked to a beautiful and refreshing waterfall. ...
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Organic Coffee Nauma

San Vito, Province of Puntarenas, Costa Rica Thursday, June 12, 2014 Today we explored a well-maintained, organic coffee plantation, which is close to San Vito, in the South of Costa Rica. No chemicals are used on site. We met the friends of Senior Luis Solis: Family Navarro Umana. Senior Navarro Umana and his son Jeffry, two friendly, passionate and hard-working men, walked around with us on their organic paradise. We went treasure hunting ...

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