About This Product
El Obraje Gesha is a delicious representation of when passion and intelligent farming come together. Pablo Guerrero, a native of the famous growing region Nariño, in Colombia has grown one of our favorite Geshas of the year. This complex floral and sweet tart coffee shows hints of flowers, berries, and botanicals.
Story (courtesy of Ally Coffee)
Hacienda El Obraje is located in Tangua, outside of Nariño’s main city of Pasto. Owner Pablo Guerrero, a Pasto native, began growing coffee in 2000. Obraje is situated in a fertile valley, but the area surrounding Pasto is generally considered too high for coffee but perfect for potatoes. Pablo, who also works as an architect, initially planted the farm with wheat, but imports ruined the domestic market. He then tried growing apples and tree fruit, but post-harvest preservation and transport proved too tricky.
When Obraje first started producing coffee, Pablo treated it as though it were wheat, picking and selling everything without any attention to quality. Six years ago he began focusing on fermentation time, washing techniques, and transitioned to producing specialty coffees, with all the required attention to detail. Obraje is planted with Caturra, Gesha, and assorted varieties remaining from the first planted coffee seed stock.
Because Pablo transitioned the farm from apples to coffee, some lots are oddly spaced, as the young coffee was first planted under the apple trees. After the apple trees were removed as coffee matured, more coffee was planted, meaning the same plot has interspersed trees of different ages. All fertilizers and disease/weed control is applied from the top of the farm down to avoid hauling heavy inputs uphill, an example of the way Pablo strategically approaches all aspects of farm management. Coffee harvesting, conversely, starts at the lower elevations at the bottom of the farm and works its way up. Obraje’s small mill includes an oven-style dryer for finishing lots started on the raised beds.
- Roast: light
- Acidity: vibrant
- Body: juicy
- Aroma Notes: floral
- Taste Notes: jasmine, mango, black tea, raspberry, vibrant
- Process: washed & dried on raised beds
- Origin: Nariño Farm, El Obraje, Colombia
- Varietal: Gesha
- Altitude: 2,000 masl