The Hartmann siblings work as a close-knit team. Ratibor Jr. oversees R&D, quality assurance, roasting, and sales. He is also a certified Q Grader. Allan is in charge of processing, manages the beneficio (wet and dry mills), and is a carpenter. Alexander is in charge of the farm management, picking schedules, and ensuring coffee tree and vegetation health. Kelly is the mechanic, and works on the many numerous machines that run the mill. Lastly, Alice, the lone sister, is in charge of administration, accounting, and running the various bird watching and nature tours that go through their farm. Naturally, the families of each sibling also contribute and together form the Hartmann “clan”, as they are affectionately known.
Over the past eight harvests I have made many visits to the Hartmann family farm. During these visits, I have learned a great deal from the Hartmanns. I have also had the opportunity to make some suggestions to improve some aspects of their business and production. The dedication the family exhibits to the quality of their product is admirable, and makes for a wonderful partnership.
In 2013, the family improved drying procedures by increasing their quantity of drying beds. This allowed the coffee to dry more slowly, and to the correct endpoint. In 2014, the Hartmanns worked to better their selection of ripe cherry. In 2015 they raised the bar with the storage of some of their parchment in climate control and in 2016 they improved their dry-milling techniques, resulting in coffee that is cleaner and has a better shelf life. The cleanliness is particularly evident in the Natural coffee – something that is difficult to achieve with this type of process.
The Hartmanns enjoyed a good harvest this year, both in quality and quantity. I cupped through their entire harvest with Ratibor this past February and was once again impressed with the quality and consistency. We discussed many topics during the visit, and have some bold plans for this year and beyond!
This green coffee was frozen on arrival in Calgary, to preserve freshness.