I wrote a somewhat lengthy and in-depth profile of one of my favorite places in the world, Finca Hartmann, over at the OCN blog.
Here’s a preview:
In the highlands of Western Panama, along a furiously curving road that takes you through the mountains to the Costa Rican border, there is a small village called Santa Clara. And within Santa Clara, up a dirt-road turn off surrounded by high, arcing trees, there is a village within a village: the home of the Hartmann family.
This modest but beautiful place is at the epicenter of the earthshaking positive changes that have rippled through the Panamanian coffee. The Hartmanns are kind, hard-working, and fun-loving people — but from the effect that they’ve had in the world of coffee, one is tempted to view them as shock troops, like Special Forces that blast through previous walls and prepare the way for massive changes.
They’ve been on that piece of land in Santa Clara for generations