Straining Coffee, The Old Way

Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

While I was growing up in a banana plantation in Changuinola, coffee was strained using a cloth pouch attached to a wire ring and handle.  Nowadays, the wire has been replaced with plastic, as you can see in this picture.  Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.


8 thoughts on “Straining Coffee, The Old Way”

  1. I use a French press and love the coffee taste it produces. Just a bit messy to clean up but I’ve got the technique down by using a rubber spatula to scrape out the coffee grounds 😉

  2. Hola Omar,
    Nena’s mom had a trapo por café that she used for years (maybe the only one she ever had?). I have never had a better cup of coffee than what she served in her home in Boquete. The colador is still available with the wire hoop and never gets brittle and snaps. Some things are still worth doing the old way.

    1. Hi Barbara:

      Where is your coffee from? Do you use Colombian coffee. I understand this coffee is very popular in the United States.

      Never heard of French press.



      1. We’ve used Folgers which is made here and some flavored coffees but have recently started with McCafe coffees. Probably the only thing I’d even enjoy from McDonald’s which has fantastic coffee. McCafe (Arabic)is put out by McDonald’s and packaged here.

      2. Here in Panama the quality of McDonald’s coffee is terrible. I’m familiar with Folgers coffee. It has a nice taste and is very popular in your neck of the woods.

        Have you been to a coffee plantation? Have you seen my pictures of Finca Lérida?



    2. Morning Jim and Nena:

      You used two Spanish terms widely used in the countryside concering coffee, (e.g., “colador” and “trapo“).

      I agree with you that the taste of coffee strained by a handmade “colador” is beyond words.

      Thank you for your comments. You know as much as I do about Panama. Seems like Nena is a good teacher and you are a good student. 🙂



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