Super clean and floral. Blueberry, strawberry and jasmine.
Yet another amazing coffee from the Hartmann family farm in Panama. This time, it’s another of their ‘experimental’ lots, an Ethiopian heirloom variety Amaro Gayo (from the Amaro region) and planted by Ratibor Hartmann Jr. ‘Chicho’ is the nickname of Ratibor Snr and this coffee is named in his honour.
This is not a big boozy bang in the face. This is incredibly complex and has some of those Strawberry and Blueberry notes so typically associated with naturals from Ethiopia, but with delicate florals on the finish. We cupped this and thought it reminiscent of a Geisha. Super clean to a point where it‘s unlike any other natural you’ve ever tasted.
We went to town with this coffee and it’s by far the most expensive green coffee we’ve ever bought. There’s a reason things of quality have a high price tag ! The Hartmann’s are masters of their craft.
All the coffee on the farm is shade grown, under lots of native, beneficial trees, meaning they give a lot back to the soil through nitrogen fixing of the roots or through the seeds they drop that then act as natural fertilizer.
The different lot numbers corresponding to different day pickings.
Finca Hartmann is a family enterprise, and all members of the family are passionately involved in it's management. Each performs a different function in the growth, production, quality control, marketing and tourism aspects of the farm. Coffee for them is a way of life, their culture, their family. Their pickers return every year, as do their buyers, because they like their vision: work together with nature, work the land without destroying it.
Alois Strasil Hartmann, born in 1891 in the region of Moravia, then Austrian-Hungarian empire, came to Panama in 1912 in search of adventure, which made him follow the telegraph lines all the way to Volcan instead of staying in Panama City. He was the first resident of Volcan, where he settled and bought 500ha from the Panamanian government and gave 100ha of this land with virgin forest to one of his sons, Ratibor Hartmann, who was working with the US army in Panama City and turned that land into the Finca Hartmann coffee farm. In 1966 Ratibor married Dinorah Sandí from Costa Rica. Together they raised 5 children, Ratibor Jr, Allan, Alexander, Aliss and Kelly.
One of Ratibor's other passions.. getting dirty
The Finca consists of several smaller farms/lots, all located between 1300 and 2000 mts above sea level with nearly 100has of forest reserves bordering on the Parque Nacional de La Amistad. The coffee is grown under the shade of native rainforest trees that have been there for many years. The Hartmann's try not to cut trees, they replant native trees and plantains to maintain the natural cycle and a healthy soil and fauna, all with the aim in mind to sustain a long-term quality coffee production cycle.