Lighter roast levels have acidity of green grape and a hint of black tea with lemon. There are fruited notes of blackberry, raisin, and plum. Dark roasts have the sweetness of concord grape juice, fig and date, as well as a note of chocolate pudding. Satiny mouthfeel, and sweet finish with hints of black tea. Great SO espresso. City to Full City+.
Finca Rosma is a small farm near Michicoy town in San Pedro Necta area of Huehuetenango. It's not far from other farms we have bought from, like Finca Huixoc and La Providencia Dos. Finca Rosma is owned by the Rosales family, managed by the son Fredy Rosales. The name is in honor of his grandmother, Rosemarie. It's located on a high ridge where you drive in to the farm at nearly 1900 meters, then descend down to the mill at around 1600 meters. When Alejandro Rosales bought the farm in 1963, the only way to get there was by foot, or horseback. It's not that easy of a trek by road, either. The farm is quite steep, typical for the high ridges of the Sierra Los Cuchumatanes mountains. I found the plantings to be quite a jumble of cultivars. There were certainly a lot of old Bourbon trees, but I saw a lot of Typica (Arabigo), and some Caturra and Catuai as well. There were red and yellow varietals. Processing is wet-process, traditional fermentation, but they are working with a very tight space; there is not a lot of flat areas in this topography. So they have to manage their batch sizes carefully or they will rapidly run out of patio space for sun-drying the coffee. Regardless of the details, they are producing an amazing coffee, and I wouldn't suggest that they change a thing! Since it's reached as high as #2 at past COEs, it seems others agree.
Finca Rosma is very sweet in the aromatics, laced with prized floral and fruited elements. The dry grounds have dark cherry and a bit of pineapple, with raw honey lingering in the background. There's also a nice scent of developed sugars that deepens with darker roasts. The wet aroma has the essence of baked peach, with notes of brown sugar and butter which pair nicely. It's a very attractive set of scents that accurately depicts this coffee's cup profile. There's a clarity to Rosma that is well defined. At City/City+ roast level Rosma is luminescent with the acidity of green grape and a hint of black tea with lemon. This coffee has such delicious fruits like blackberry, raisin, and plum. Dark roasts have the sweetness of concord grape juice, fig and date, as well as a note of chocolate pudding. The mouthfeel is thick and satiny, almost like melted butter at first. The finish is sweet, but with a tannic quality that you'd expect from black tea, adding to the overall complexity of the cup. Rosma is such a unique coffee, and with a slightly darker roast, makes an amazing SO espresso.