I got a totally different experience when I visited Sagada for the second time, not only because I went there alone, but also because I chose to skip most of the tourist destinations and stayed at a hostel far from the town center.
Just like my very first solo trip to Cebu, this visit to Sagada was also a decision made on a whim. I never thought I’d travel solo again but I did, and I think I am getting good at it. HAHA
This post is entirely about the Coffee Heritage House and my visit to one of their coffee farm partners. Unlike the other hotels in Sagada, staying here is already an extraordinary experience by itself. It will make you feel closer to nature since it is literally at the mountain top, surrounded by pine trees.
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HOW TO GET THERE
You have to be familiar with the jeepney schedules at the town first. From the poblacion (center), ride a jeep going to Bangaan and tell the driver that you’re going to CHH. You’ll get dropped off at an elementary school. Ask the locals where the trail is and just follow it. It will take you less than 10 minutes to get to the hotel.
I booked my trip through Agoda for around 600 pesos per night which supposedly comes with a continental breakfast. However, I wanted I wanted to try the danggit and their special adobo so I had to pay an additional 200 pesos for each meal — worth it.
MOUNTAIN TEA AND SGD ARABICA COFFEE
Nothing beats the experience of enjoying a nice cup of tea or arabica coffee while looking out the window!
During my last night in Sagada, I had dinner with the staff and the two other guests. We had adobo and Japanese curry with my now favorite black rice.
We had Bugnay wine right after. Thanks, Hana!
I’d like to say that I was the one who set the fire but it was actually Ryan. HAHA
Such a cozy evening!
A VISIT TO MANANG MARY’S COFFEE FARM
Manang Mary’s farm was a few minutes walk from the hostel. I was fortunate enough to come with Tito John (one of the owners) to visit her farm. While walking with Tito John, I learned about the different types of coffee, how coffee is planted, and how they are working with farmers and scientists to produce more and better organic arabica coffee in Sagada.
I was so lucky because I got to stay inside Manang Mary’s house to have coffee, which she prepared the traditional way. We also had a tour inside her vegetable greenhouse. I wish I could have a green thumb as well!
It is best to bring a car if you’ll be staying here, otherwise you’ll have to take note of the jeepney trip schedule and be ready to pay an additional 500 pesos every time you book a tour since they would have to fetch you very early in the morning.
My stay at the CHH was definitely one for the books, and I wish that I could go back someday with my family and friends. I’ll write about my Sagada Poblacion adventure next. Stay tuned!