Jim Finegan, a Pennsylvania tiki bar owner, bought a house 10 years ago in the Panamanian town of Boquete after falling in love with the area during a hiking trip.
Recently profiled in International Living magazine, Finegan describes how he packs up his tiki bars each fall and moves to his second home in Panama for the season. Recently, his interests fell on coffee farming, and with him residing along the heart of the Panama Coastal coffee country, why wouldn’t he?
Finegan says “Coffee grows like roses here, so I decided to try my hand at farming. I bought 1.2 acres from a local farmer. The front half is on a steep hill and had a few coffee trees. I planted 225 more coffee trees last year,” says Jim. The cost of the trees and labor was just $87.” As he says, he roasts some pretty bad ass beans.
Good luck to you, Mr.Finegan! Can’t wait to try a cup!