CHH: An exacting place in Sagada
Tired of drug killings, traffic & political bickerings in Metro Manila, off i went to Sagada and stayed at CHH, a good 3.5 kms away from the town center. Much reviews are its perfet location, good coffee, and friendly staff, to which i concur. I want to delve on some aspects of CHH that are seldom reviewed.
Coffee tour. One of its kind in Sagada. The guide who also happens to be the community guy brought me to the coffee nursery and showed me seedlings of the Arabica specie, specifically of the Typica varietal. It is Sagada's heirloom coffee having been planted there during the Spanish colonial times in the 1800s. Beside the nursery are concrete boxes for vermicomposting since they apply organic fertilizers in their coffees.
We then climb a trail at the back of CHH and to a road going to a coffee farm. The guide showed Typica and Mondo Novo varietals, both Arabica, the latter introduced by the government less than a decade ago. Farther up is the house of the couple-farmers, surrounded by Typica coffee trees more than a century old. It was amazing seeing these trees that survived typhoons and ravages of climate change, and are still fruit-bearing. The farmers offered us coffee brewed from a 'takuri,' which is better than those served in major coffee shops in Makati.
We also went to another coffee farm and we picked red berries. I was fortunate enough since harvest period is from Sept to January.
The coffee tour is an educational tour on Philippine coffee and of Sagada's heirloom coffee. It also provides an information on the Coffee Heritage Project (CHP) espoused by the group behind the CHH, wherein they partner with locals to propagate Sagada's heirloom coffee, which was then neglected to extinction.
Night is not boring though since i would sit with the guide and the farmhands at the ground floor exchanging stories while having a bottle of Emperador. And the guide plays the guitar well so we would sing acoustically. Glad to have these people on my vacation since they have different work and perspectives, much different from friends in the urban setting.
I left CHH, not wanting to finish my vacation. But i'll be back since it is a place worthy to spend my time and money.
Solo travel - Oct 12, 2017