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World of Coffee expands to Central America in 2026

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The Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) Board Members and Chief Executive Officer, Yannis Apostolopoulos with SCA Board President, Konstantinos Konstantinopoulos, joined The Specialty Coffee Association of Panama (SCAP) Board Members and President, James Hunter Tedman, and The Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Panama President, Adolfo Fabrega, to solidify the expansion of the World of Coffee trade show to Panama in 2026. The inaugural signing took place at the Panama Convention Center in Panama City.

“World of Coffee Panama is the ideal platform for coffee professionals, producers, and traders worldwide to connect, network, and foster innovation in the specialty coffee sector. We are proud to collaborate with The Specialty Coffee Association of Panama and The Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Panama on this project. As our official licensed partners, we are excited for them to produce a World of Coffee tailored to the unique coffee culture in this region, highlighting Central America’s important role in the global coffee industry,” says Apostolopoulos.

World of Coffee Panama will take place at the Panama Convention Center in October 2026. This marks the first World of Coffee trade show in Central America and focuses on a deep-rooted connection to coffee producing regions. According to the SCA, this growth highlights the thriving specialty coffee industry in Central America and establishes Panama as an easy-to-reach hub for coffee producers and traders.

The SCA says Central America is renowned for its excellence in coffee varietals, agriculture, specialty coffee trade and consumption, and stands as an ideal host for World of Coffee.

“In SCAP we are very proud that the Specialty Coffee Association has chosen our country for the first Latin American World of Coffee. We see it as a recognition of the hard work Panama has done positioning our coffees as one of the best in the world,” says Tedman.

“The World of Coffee Panama will highly impact many industries in our country, tourism, commerce and the service sectors will benefit tremendously. Our partnership with the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Panama will strengthen our Association and secure the success of this project.”

This inaugural World of Coffee in Central America will run in addition to the SCA’s annual World of Coffee trade shows in Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

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