Hartman Farm, a prestigious farm that is a regular in the Best of Panama rankings [World-famous farms]

There are countless coffee plantations around the world.
There are coffee farms of various sizes and types in producing regions around the world, from large plantations run by global corporations to very small farmers who plant coffee in their own backyards.
Among these numerous farms, with the rise of the idea of ​​specialty coffee, which emphasizes traceability and regionality, some coffee farms have become world famous.
This series will introduce some of the world's most special "famous farms."
This time we will introduce the Hartman Farm in Panama and the farms owned by the Hartman family.

Earned the title of Best Panamanian Geisha

The Hartman Farm is located in Santa Clara, in the Renacimiento region of Chiriqui province in western Panama. This area is a remote mountainous area close to the border with Costa Rica. The Hartman family, who opened this farm, have been growing coffee for three generations.

In recent years, the Hartman family farm has made impressive strides in Best of Panama and the quality of their Geisha has become known around the world.
<Ratibor Jr. and Tessie Hartman checking out the Natural Process Geisha >

In the Geisha Natural category of "Best of Panama," the Hartman family-owned Guarmo Farm won first place in 2020, second place in 2021, and in 2022, it will again take first place, with the Hartman Farm itself coming in fifth. And in 2023, the coffee brand "Mi Finquita" will take first place in the Varietals category (non- Geisha ). The Hartman family's farms have been winning top rankings in succession.

The Hartman family's motto is "Growing coffee in harmony with the environment." Since the company's founding, they have valued nature and the land, and have made harmony with the environment their number one priority, producing coffee with a consistent philosophy and passion.

Hartman Family History

The Hartmann family immigrated to Panama from what is now the Czech Republic. The first generation, Alois, started a coffee plantation after World War I, and the second generation, Ratibor, founded the current Hartmann Farm in 1940 on land he inherited from his father.
<The first Alois. He was the first to live in the remote area of ​​Santa Clara and open a farm.>

Ratibor has five children (Ratibor Jr., Alan, Alexander, Alice and Kelly), and currently the four siblings share the responsibility of running the farm and Hikaru project, which makes use of the farm's natural environment.
Coffee quality control is handled by farm owner Ratibor Jr., who is a certified Q grader.

In addition to Geisha , Hartman Farm also grows Caturra , Maragogype , Pacamara , and Ethiopian landraces, the latter of which he named "Chichogallo" ("Tough Guy"), a variety brought from Amarogya in southern Ethiopia, after his father's nickname.
<Hartman Farm is located in the forest. Eco-tours are also held on the premises.>

This is also known as an ecotourism farm, taking advantage of the preserved natural environment. The farm is located at an altitude of 1,260m to 1,500m. It is surrounded by vast tropical rainforest, and the coffee grows slowly under the natural shade trees.

Ratibor is a bird lover and believes that coffee farms should be in a forest environment where many birds can come, so the Hartman Farms symbol logo features an illustration of a bird.
<Symbol of Hartman Farm>

New farm specializing in specialty produce

In addition, the Hartmans have established new farms to meet the demand for specialty coffee in recent years, including the Guarumo Coffee Farm, Mi Finquita, and Finca el Higo.
<Guarmo farm owner Ratibor Jr. (right) and Tessie Hartman>

Guarmo Farm, which won first place in the Best of Panama, is a farm rich in nature adjacent to La Amistad National Park, at an altitude of 1,750m. It faces Baru Volcano to the east and has a beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean to the southeast. The well-drained sandy loam soil is suitable for growing Geisha , and they also grow rare varieties such as AF-2, Chichogallo, Belloya, AR-36, Mocha, and Pink Bourbon .
<Guarmo Farm is located at a high altitude and has a magnificent view>

New farms such as Guarmo Farm use a wide variety of varieties and selection methods, and experimental cultivation and selection are carried out, which may lead to the development of new varieties and selection methods that will lead to the next generation.

This is a farm we will continue to keep an eye on.

Hartman's coffee available at CROWD ROASTER

To commemorate Shinya Kobayashi a roaster from Fukui's specialty coffee shop "Wakoya," participating in CROWD ROASTER , a luxurious tasting set called "Limited Panama Box 2 feat. Shinya Kobayashi " has been released.

The last time CROWD ROASTER introduced the Limited Panama Box, a set of three varieties of Panama's top-quality coffee that is hard to obtain, it became a huge hit and sold out immediately.

For the second part of this series, we will be offering a set of three top quality Panamanian coffees, including the hard-to-find Geisha and Hartmann, each 30g in size, roasted by Shinya Kobayashi , winner of a Panamanian coffee roasting competition.

This is a limited quantity set available at a special price for a limited time only, so don't miss out!

June 7, 2024