With 8 cafes scattered throughout Panama, Café Unido brings its ethos of responsible sourcing and focus on both community and environment to D.C., launching its first stateside coffee shop at La Cosecha. Founders Benito Bermudez and Mario Castrellon, along with their experienced team of baristas and roasters, use beans from the best farms in Panama, including Panama Geisha – the highest priced coffee variety in the world – and other specialty Panamanian beans. Corporate responsibility is in the DNA of Café Unido and as such, they dedicate a percentage of sales to social and environmental projects in coffee-growing areas of Panama in an effort to create shared value between customers and local suppliers.

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Benito Bermudez

Lead Barista, Head Roaster and founder of Café Unido in Panama City. Alberto focuses on responsibly sourcing the best lots of coffee from the best farms in Panama, roasting it and brewing it with the utmost attention to detail for Unido. Specializing in Panama Geisha and other specialty Panamanian beans, Alberto also puts great emphasis on transparency and sustainability; he leads the Fundación Cafe Unido which focuses on giving back and empowering coffee communities and their workers.