In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 3rd decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
Alto Quiel, Boquete, Panama
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
Our route from
Boquete town to
Alto Quiel and back
When traveling, oftentimes we will hire a
taxi to take us to locations where hopping a local bus wouldn't suffice. Here
you see our route from town to Alto Quiel and back. You can see where
is and also notice the
Geisha Coffee tour. Geisha is spelled Gesha also, so it gets a bit confusing.
What is it about this temperamental coffee
plant? It was "discovered" in the 1930s in Ethiopia around the south-western
town of Gesha. It has some history of being grown in both Costa Rica and Panama,
but without much success. So the beans were added to other varietals and the
Gesha lost its distinctive flavor in the mix.
Then, in 2004 the beans were once again
separated and entered into the Taste of Panama coffee competition. The Gesha won
and apparently completely blew the judges away. Now this varietal of coffee has
gained something of a cult following in the specialty coffee world where it is
famous for its complex and unique cup profile.
Getting out of town
Here we are on a country road just outside
the main downtown of Boquete. Rolling hills, and lots of green, tropical plants.
Roads are curvy, but not as extreme as those in
All along the roadside were rushing streams
and full waterfalls. It was a beautiful and fresh trip through nature.
Anyone who has visited the tropics knows that
you can practically plant a stick and it will grow into something lush. Here you
see some neighborhoods in Boquete surrounded by greenery.
Gliding down the country road
Rainfall that hits the road immediately goes
off and down into the side ditches.
We saw coffee plantations and coffee trees
all alongside the route which was mostly lined with trees.
Coffee plantation, Dos Jefes
Finca Dos Jefes is an
organic coffee farm located in the highlands of Boquete, Panama and is proudly
owned by Richard and Dee Lipner, formerly of Berkeley, California.
This farm plants Caturra,
Catuai, Criollo and Gesha trees and farming is done according to the lunar
calendar. Traditional, hand-picked harvesting is practiced.
Finca Dos Jefes continues
with hand processing of the beans and they are peeled with a
mortar and pestle. After all the peeling the green beans are ready for the
Ngäbe indigenous tribe
Here you see a local tribeswoman doing her
laundry. They enjoy wearing these blousy tent dresses with ricrac as a
Notice her home just below the hill line and
her child and dog playing as she does her housework.
Deciding our "plan of
Here our friend
and the taxi driver are deciding which routes to take through the mountains. I
am simply there in the photo as an ornament, as I am severely directionally
Yes, of course I see the
names on the map and the squirrelly lines that are the roads... but please don't
ask me to navigate!
Some tall cliffs
There are some sheer drop
offs alongside the road. This type of scenery reminds me of places I have hiked
in Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia.
One of the waterfalls
A break in the mountain
side offers a place for a waterfall to appear.
Here we are again!
A calming green background for our photo.
Wow! What happened here?
I'm not a geologist so I
don't know what went on here, but can't you just see The Power! The Force! The
Heat! The Pressure! The Action!
Something of geological
consequence came about here years ago and this rock formation is the result.
A closer look
So impressive, it looks like modern art.
This time it's not laundry,
it's for sale!
A roadside stand with
aprons, bags and jewelry for sale.
It's good to get out of town and
see what's happening up in them thar hills.
Our taxi ride cost us $15 an hour
and he dropped us off back at the plaza in town.
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About the Authors
Early Lifestyle appeals to a different
kind of person – the person who prizes their
independence, values their time, and who doesn’t
want to mindlessly follow the crowd.