Day 3, Tuesday, July 29
It was cold last night. Didn’t sleep very well, especially with the packs of barking dogs outside. Woke up this morning at 8am, took a shower, and lost power halfway through. That’s the way to wake up: ice cold shower… After a breakfast of bread, cheese, ham and eggs, we’re moving to visit Sergio at Serra Do Bone, and the owner of the Hotels farm.
Last week, Temple’s Director of Coffee Eton Tsuno traveled to Brazil to source this year’s Farm to Cup Brazilian coffees. We had him track his experience with live journal entries each day.
Temple Coffee recently teamed with City Scout, a new lifestyle guide for all things hip in Sacramento. Last week, we unveiled The Coffee Story, a five-part blog series that traces key figures and positions that contribute to bringing you your daily cup of coffee. You can view the culminating video counterpart above, and visit thecityscouts.com to view The Coffee Story blog series.
Misael Sauceda has a great reputation in Nicaragua. He has participated in the Cup of Excellence there for 11 years straight winning top awards, first place in 2005, fourth in 2008, and second in 2012. His coffees reflect his hard work and dedication to quality. From doing so well in the Cup of Excellence competition through the years, Sauceda has used his winnings to purchase and invest in a second farm, Santa Maria de Guadalupe where he has planted caturra, catuai, and maragogype. We are excited in Misael’s new farm and will be looking for it in the Cup of Excellence soon!
Sergio Sanglard is one of our old favorites from Brazil. Our first experience with his coffees was while cupping one of our first Cup of Excellence cuppings back in 2005 and it was a memorable one.
Sergio Sanglard is the producer and possibly one of the most talented “Organic” coffee farmers in Brazil. This coffee is produced at 1200masl in rocky slope terrain with gusty winds and dense-rich soil which is why this coffee is named, “Serra do Bone” (Saw Tooth in Portuguese). Carlos is committed to high quality prep starting with picking ripe cherry, and drying coffees on raised African-style drying beds. Of Serra Do Bone’s 160 hectares of land (395 acers), 73 hectares have been preserved as native rain forest while the rest is used to produce this amazing coffee.
Sitito Tomazini, is a small family farm that was founded in 1940 by Antonio Tomazini near Castelo City in the small community of, “Bateia”. Currently, the estate is run by his two sons, Solimar and Marcos. The farm is small, about 20 hectars or 50 acres which produces coffee from 870 – 1000 meters above sea level.
Sitito Tomazino produces on average 350 bags of pulped natural coffees. When processing, all cherries are hand sorted and dried on a covered patio. Solimar and Marcos are expecting to have children soon allowing the family tradition of good quality coffee and family agriculture to extend another generation.
As with many family businesses, the Tomazino family manages everything from business affairs to pruning of their trees. The Tomazino family is a rare gem of a family-oriented small producer in the vastly big business of Brazilian coffee.
Fazenda Santo Antonio is located in South Minas. South Minas is a transition area to the ever popular Cerrado region. Close to the farm are the headwaters of the river Minas Gerais. Minas Gerais State is responsible for most of the water in Brazil. If the Minas Gerais has a lack of rainfall, the entire country suffers from wide spread drought.
Joao Newton Reis is an engineer that used to be employed as a multinational company executive. After early success, he left his executive status to live the farm life again. Due to his success as an executive, he implemented many international skills and introduced new farm management procedures making the coffee production of Fazenda Santo Antonio more efficient, productive and sustainable. Reis has helped to develop new methods to increase quality and explore the best of what the farm has to offer.
Alois Strasil Hartmann was born the 20th of June 1891, in the region of Moravia, Austria- Hungary, now Czech Republic.
On October 23rd of 1907 he arrived in New York, from there in 1911 he traveled to Ecuador, South America, then to Panama in 1912. He did not want to live in Panama city, he was in search of adventure, so he followed the telegraph lines to Chiriqui province.
During WW1 the 28th of April 1918 he was taken prisoner, and transported to Ellis Island, New York, along with other European residents of Panama. When he was released he returned to Panama and married Susana Troetsch, the daughter of a German immigrant and they had their first child in 1920 named Ratibor Hartmann Troetsch, who later founded Finca Hartmann.
Alois was the 1st resident of Volcan, there he took charge of 2000 head of cattle and 1000 donkeys property of a Mr. Landberg.
He later worked 4 years in Boquete in the Panamonte Hotel, then returned to work in Volcan for Mr. Landberg, and later started his first coffee farm. He named the farm “Tizingal” which means “Mine of the Stars” in the Guaymie dialect. He was in search of this mine and was always interested in locating archeological sites.
He later sold Tizingal and moved to La Silla de Pando where he also cultivated coffee. Here his first wife Susana died while being pregnant with their 11th child. Alois sold the farm and moved to Santa Clara, the first pioneer in the area, here he also cultivated coffee, he remarried and had 4 other children.
In 1950, because of his knowledge of the area and Panamanian archeology, he collaborated with the National Geographic Magazine and they named him “the Daniel Boone of Panama”. (February 1950 Edition, Exploring Ancient Panama by Helicopter).
He died the 25th of May in the year 1970 at the age of 78.
Finca Hartmann is a family enterprise founded in 1940 by Ratibor Hartmann Troetsch. In 1966 Ratibor married Dinorah Sandí from Costa Rica. Together they raised 5 children, Ratibor Jr, Allan, Alexander, Aliss and Kelly. Each member of the family performs a different function in the growth, production and tourism of the farm.