Farm: Finca El Hato
Owner: Christian Rasch
Town/City: Barberena, Santa Rosa
Varietal: Icatu, Castillo, Bourbon
Process: Wet Milling and sun dried on patios and drying machines
Altitude: 1,350 – 1,400 meters above sea level
Size of Finca: 330 hectares
Body: Medium and round
Bag Size: 69KG
Tasting Notes: Floral/Fruity/chocolate, with a hint of orange
John Burton Ltd has been buying El Hato directly from Christian & Nadine since 2015.
Finca El Hato has been in the Rasch family since 1938, when purchased by Don Enrique Topke. It is now managed my the third and fourth generations (Christian and Nadine Rasch). El Hato is located in Barberena, in the Fraijanes Coffee Region at 4,800 ft above sea level.
Two years ago El Hato suffered immensely from Roya (Coffee Leaf Rust) – loosing over 60% of its production. It has been very sad for us to see the attack and loss. But as with any difficult situations many new possibilities emerge. We have since planted over 200,000 new trees of different varieties resistant to Roya. Along with that we have also adopted many new methods of keeping our plants well fead and healthy – with Lombricompost – Organic food.
Another great project we have been working on in El Hato is a new school. For the course of 6 months this school went a massive reconstruction, or better said, a construction itself. This run down building used to be an abandoned public school on a neighboring lot of Finca El Hato, in Barberena. When we took over the lot along with the building, we decided it was best to rebuild the school for the local children. After much effort from local workers we enthusiastically announced the opening of the new School to the public.