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Panama Geisha Birdsong
Monday, March 5, 2012 at 9:00 AM - Friday, March 9, 2012 at 5:00 PM (PST)
TOPICS FOR THIS COURSE INCLUDE:
• Cherry selection and coffee harvesting
• Introduction to Sensory Analysis
• Intensive Tasting Exercises
• Coffee Tasting Training and Triangulation
• Applied Roasting Theory
• Hands-on Roasting Sessions
• The Workings of a Coffee Farm
• Tours of High Altitude Specialty Coffee Farms
• Theory of Growing Coffee
• Coffee Processing Up Close and Personal
• Environmental and Social Sustainability
• Buying Coffee for Your Business
• Developing Relationships with Growers
There is simply no other course like this anywhere in the world. An elite level of education, in a stunningly beautiful setting.
On every day of this intensive course we will split time between being outdoors observing and participating in the workings of a specialty coffee farm; and being indoors learning the art and science of roasting and cupping coffee with expert level lectures and hands-on experience.
The class takes place on-site at the farm of the Hartmann family, personal friends of Boot Coffee and third generation coffee farmers known throughout Panama. Their farm Ojo de Agua ("Water Springs") will be your classroom, as will their CQI certified cupping lab, and their family roasting operation.
Ojo de Agua lies right up against a national forest preserve in western Panama near the border with Costa Rica, and is a stopover point for countless species of migratory birds as well as the brilliantly-colored local birds. Ornithologists and entomologists come here from all over the world to study the beautiful natural wildlife. At Ojo de Agua, when you look at eye-level you see gorgeous, healthy coffee trees; when you look to the sky, you see a canopy of lush, green native forest trees, with birds flitting from branch to branch.
The course covers coffee farming, harvesting, processing, roasting, and cupping, with a different emphasis for each course:
The course takes place during the last part of the harvest. With access to dozens of different lots being prepared and finished, there will be an emphasis on harvesting, processing and cupping in this class. Each day will include a tasting session and discussion featuring fresh-crop coffees; it's a real master class for coffee buyers and anyone looking to truly understand the quality parameters of green coffee.
Students will stay on-site in a comfortable, rustic house situated in the middle of the farm, surrounded by a tropical forest.
All-in course fee: $1995
Food, lodging, and local transportation are all covered in the cost of the course. Cost for the course, including 5 days of lodging and meals, and 5 days of intensive coffee education.
Lodging, meals, transport in coffee region.
Each participant is responsible for his or her own airfare to Panama City and from there to the town of David, Panama. From David, we will cover your travel to and from the Hartmann coffee farm, and all meals while at Ojo de Agua.
Boot Coffee Purchase/refund policy: PLEASE READ THIS CAREFULLY
Cancellations received 21 days or more before the event: we will refund the course price minus a non refundable deposit of 25%. Course fees are not refundable if your cancellation was received less than 21 days before the event. If you need to cancel, course fees can be applied to future courses. However, we will charge a change fee of 25% of the course price. Changes are not possible if cancelled less than 7 days before the course.