Our History

Since 1960, the Gallardo family farms only produced Typica, Caturra and Catuai coffee varieties at lower elevations, until 2006, when Mr. José Manuel Gallardo Araúz saw the potential of Finca Nuguo and the success of Geisha variety, and started growing Geisha variety coffee plants. Nowadays Café Gallardo is one of the largest coffee growers in Panama.

The process

Café Gallardo is processed at La Santa processing Plant using pulping machines, guardiola drying (or concrete patio drying), milling machines, densimetric table, and color sorting equipment. An exception of this process is Nuguo’s coffee procesing, which is processed at the farm: Pulped and washed in a small, hand-powered, washing station. The fermentation process takes place during 24 to 36 hours in wooden boxes. Washing is done by hand through steering the coffee seeds until it feels rough.The coffee is dried in covered African beds during 3 to 6 weeks. Nuguo Naturals (fruit-dried coffee) are sundried in farm for an average of 7 days and then drying finish in a control environment room for an average of 3 months at an average of 20 celsius and 40% relative humidity.

The Farms

Café Gallardo includes farms with traditional varieties managed by the Gallardo family. The farms and the average altitudes of its coffee production are: La Santa (1000 m), Zambrano (1100 m), Guisado (1200m), Santa Clara (1350 m), and Nuguo (1850m). Nuguo is specifically in the area of Jurutungo, in Renacimiento, Chiriquí, nestled by nature between the largest natural rainforest reserve in Central América -La Amistad International Park- and the border of Costa Rica. Its location and environment are very challenging for the coffee plants, with low temperatures at night, lots of wind and high humidity and rainfall intensity. We process our washed, honey and natural coffee paying attention of relative humidity and temperature to aim for the highest quality.

Our Specialty Coffee

We take thorough care of the coffee plants, especially of its nutrition, till the harvest time. We pick only perfectly ripe coffee cherries, which are floated and separated in micro lots by day and location to guarantee the highest quality and intensity of flavor.



Jasmine, Apple, Lychee, Raspberry, Sugarcane,

Orange blossom, Grapefruit, Chocolate,

Sweet, Floral, Bright, Citrus, Fruity, Juicy, Tealike.

“Opens up as it colds”

“Long steady – lovely coffee – very elegant & classy”

“Held up to the end”.

Our special coffee has been awarded at the Best Of Panama -a specialty coffee competition-, in 2015 version, with the 1st place in the Exotic Washed category, and in the 2016 version, with the 1st place in the Innovation category, 2nd place in the Exotic Washed category and the 2nd place in the Exotic Natural category. At Café Gallardo we aim our dedication and passion for innovation towards the preservation of Nuguo Geisha uniqueness in a way that you can enjoy an amazing cup of coffee, and also we are implementing special processes in lower altitude farms to increase the cup quality as an effort to support the sustainability of the Panamanian coffee industry.


Contact Us

Renacimiento, Chiriquí, Panamá
Instagram: @cafegallardo