Thursday, August 6 Starbucks inaugurated their first store in Panama City, Panama at the new Street Mall on Via Israel (open everyday 7am – midnight).

A triple, Venti, Soy, No Foam Latte, por favor.

This is the 15th Starbucks store to open in all of Latin America and the 1st of 20 stores that will open within the next five years in Panama. The second Starbucks is set to open this October but the location has not yet been confirmed.

Several hundred coffee fanatics lined up to get the Starbucks experience before anyone else.

Panama is home to so much good, flavorful, locally grown coffee and Starbucks has promised to highlight that. David Batres, managing director of Starbucks for Central America, explained that the Panamanian stores will feature a special local reserve coffee from the Carmen Estate in Volcán, Chiriquí.

What do you think about Starbucks opening in Panama? Leave a comment below.


I'm Joey, a guy from Louisville, Kentucky that packed up and studied abroad in Panamá at the age of 20 and haven't moved back since. What started as a semester trip to Panamá has turned into 7+ years of living in Latin America and becoming a full-time travel blogger. Follow me on Instagram @joeybonura for more updates on my life abroad!


  1. I'm not exactly a fan of Starbuck because of the coffees but for the experience and worldwide presence (I would say?) … for the brand's lovers recently I checked they will open a store at Multiplaza Mall …

  2. I'm a purist about coffee. Either black or a dry capucchino of high quality beans. If S was across the street from me I wouldn't go there. Don't go when in US and won't go in Panama. Those that like the "fancy" drinks… check out the calories! Support the local brands. It is interesting when I order coffee in Panama and am offered cream and sugar and say no…
    I get a very puzzled look.

  3. There goes the neighborhood. Buying local has so very many benefits. It is too bad. But then those that will do their coffee are not really coffee drinkers – they are much more lemmngs.
    Starbucks is great at marketing – about coffee – well there is a reason they have to have all the flavorings –

  4. They have Carmen Estate from Panama, but is last years crop plus is not freshly roasted. At Te Café and Cafe Unido you can find Carmen Estate from 2015 Crop freshly roasted and locally roasted

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