My family and I have enjoyed wonderful times at the Tinamou Cottages before, but last week on February 4th my sisters and I went on the Kotowa Coffee Tour that Hans leads. It was simply the most fantastic tour of any kind I've had. He combines an encyclopedic knowledge of the coffee industry, from how the workers pick and sort the beans to how coffee futures are traded on the international markets, with the wonderful ability to tell stories, hold your attention, and keep you wanting more. The tour takes you from the fields and the burlap laid out with the beans, to how they're graded, roasted, selected, ground and more. I had no idea about the relation of roasting choice to flavors, of the differences between robusta and arabica, and how to choose coffee in the future with confidence and knowledge. Hans is patient, funny, knowledgeable, and makes the whole experience pure fun.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tinamou cottage. Located 5 to 10 minutes by car from the Boquete center (now all asphalt road !). Three romantic cottages with all comfort amongst nature. Privately situated in the jungle on the 22 Acre Habbus de Kwie estate. Imagine waking up in the morning with an orchestra of birds. Starting your day with delicious breakfast on your own private porch overlooking the jungle...While sipping one of the fines coffee on the world. Every morning a different Boquete coffee to taste ! Specially bird watchers and the nature lovers are invited to stay. Hope to meet you soon Terry & Hans ... more less