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Peoria family opens Cafe Santa Rosa as way to help their home country

PEORIA – Coffee is all about social activism for the owners of Cafe Santa Rosa in the Junction City Shopping Center. 

Opened about a year ago, the shop offers high-quality specialty coffee grown in Colombia, the country where shop owners Heber and Marta Vidal were born. The business is one of only two in the U.S. that use the farm-to-cup business model, said Heber, who owns not only the coffee shop but also the farm where most of the coffee is grown. 

A swirled cream flower tops a cup of cafe mocha made by Rafael Vidal at Cafe Santa Rosa.

“We grow our coffee beans in a socially and environmentally responsible way — that’s what makes us different from everybody else,” said Heber while sitting in the shop on a recent weekday. Beside him was his wife, Marta, and their son, Rafael, was making drinks at the nearby counter. “That is the part that we want to let the people know: When they come here and drink a cup of coffee, they are helping the environment, and they are helping other people. So that is the connection, and that is what prompted us to do it.”