Transcend Coffee & Roastery | Green
Santa Rosa is a mountainous district located just east of the city of Jaén. Its misty heights provide ample moisture and cool temperatures for high-quality coffee. We’ve bought coffees from this area before, but this was the first time I’ve been able to visit, but I didn’t get to spend as much time with the producers in Santa Rosa as I would have liked. We got a bit turned around on the way there and ended up going half an hour in the wrong direction. This wouldn’t be such a big deal, but I had to be back in Jaén to deal with a dental emergency that had sprung up on me during my trip. When we finally arrived we met with Israel Vasquez and Onias Quispe Guerrero, two local farmers who are part of El Diamante. Before we visited the farms, Israel’s family served a lunch that by all accounts was delicious. I can only vouch for the rice, and it was indeed very tasty. As we ate, Onias cracked jokes about my infected tooth and offered to pull it out right there.
Last year, we had purchased a very small lot from one of Onias’ neighbours but were unable to secure more than 2 bags. This year we were lucky enough to get our hands on a lot straight from Onias himself, which has a very similar profile. He grows a lot of Pache, Catuai, Bourbon, and Caturra. He also has some older Catimor hybrid trees that he’s now phasing out for plants with higher quality potential. He and his wife Ofilda grow their coffee on two separate 1-hectare plots and carry out processing at Israel’s house next door. All of the coffee is currently dried on covered patios but they hope to build raised and covered beds in the next year.
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