Kevin Witzke's Article
The coffee is a Geisha from Sebastian’s favourite lot at the Hartmann Farm “Una Hectaria”. It is an anaerobic naturally processed Geisha with tons of fruit character and a winey profile - the kind of coffee Nic would have loved!
Nic joined Phil & Sebastian in February 2015 as a barista at our Marda Loop cafe. In November 2015 he moved to Vancouver and became our wholesale rep in BC. He successfully built a good wholesale business in BC and more importantly, he represented Phil & Sebastian and our values perfectly.
In October of 2019 Nic was diagnosed with Stage 4 Colorectal Cancer and was given a very pessimistic diagnosis. Nic followed with sessions of chemo and radiation and decided to move to Sicily and carry out his treatment there while cycling and enjoying Italian culture. During those months Nic was joined by his family, where they spent time enjoying the culture with Nic while he continued his treatment.
Nic passed away in April of 2021, surrounded by his family in Kelowna. Nic was warm, loving and so easy to like. Nic loved the Hartmanns' coffee, so it was fitting that his tribute coffee is this Hartmann Natural Geisha.
The proceeds from this coffee will go to a fund that will be used to build a play area and a soccer field for the children of the workers at the Hartmann farm. Nic’s family will also contribute to this project so that we’re able to put forward a meaningful donation to make the project more impactful. The coffee is available online on our website, through Handshake, and at our cafes.
Nic had a superhuman trait that allowed him to touch people and forge instant bonds. He always created smiles from those around him and made him someone people wanted to be around. Sebastian often shares his fond memories of when Nic joined him in Panama: “Nic charmed everyone at the Hartmann farm and now they all remember him and they ask me about him every time I go. That’s the kind of impact Nic had. I feel privileged to have spent these past years working with Nic and feeding his inquisitive mind. In many ways, how I encourage my kids to act around others very much mimics the ways that Nic acted.”
You can read more about Nic’s journey in this article that his dad, Kevin, helped write a few months ago. Click the button below to read.