We arrived at Finca Rosma after three days of visiting coffee farms.
After a two hour drive in a rickety van up a narrow mountain road, we finally arrived at a town square at the top of the mountain. It was other-wordly and completely empty.
We visited the local store, where the only person in the square was to be found, and bought ourselves a few colas to re-energize for the walk down the dirt track to the beautiful farm of Finca Rosma.
The sheer steep mountains on which the coffee grows at Finca Rosma are incredible. As soon as we glimpsed the farm, we all wished we could stay longer.
We were swept up in a whirlwind tour of the farm, learning about their washing station, raised drying beds, patios perched on top of the world, and meeting the families who operate Finca Rosma.
Fredy Morales is the head producer at Finca Rosma. He led our tour with the help of father/son duo Pascual and Nery Jimenez-Sales, who manage the coffee planting and operate the washing station at the farm.
We had brought some of the previous year’s Finca Rosma harvest, which we had roasted at our roaster back in Seattle. We also had some Panamanian and Kenyan coffees with us, and everyone on the farm was excited to compare their coffee to coffees from these other regions of the world. (It’s almost impossible to get Kenyan coffee in Guatemala.) While brewing Hario pour-overs in the farm’s office, we were able to look out over the scenic landscape that surrounded the processing facility. The sight was breathtaking. It was also one of the few moments when we were able to stand still and simply take a deep breath in the midst of a fully packed week of travel.
Finca Rosma was our last coffee farm that we visited on our trip, and after our brief moments of peace at the farm on top of the world we jumped in the back of Fredy Morales’ truck and headed back towards the metropolis of Guatemala City.
Now, every time we take a sip of Finca Rosma’s exquisitely refined coffee, we’ll be reminded of that fresh mountain breeze, the unparalleled panorama of volcanic peaks, and the wonderful people we met at Finca Rosma.