Pablo Andres Guerrero


El Obraje




July 2021





Tasting notes

brown sugar, clementine, moras

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    On June 3, 2021, the El Obraje farm obtained first place in the Cup of Excellence contest with its Gesha Washed coffee.

    The climate and terrain of El Obraje are the main factors contributing to the unique cup profile of its coffee. Temperatures vary greatly in a day, from 32 degrees Celsius at noon to 8 degrees or less at night. The drastic daily change in temperature impacts the density of the coffee beans which creates a more complex profile in the cup.

    El Obraje is located near many volcanic mountains and the rocky soil is full of minerals.

    According to Pablo, “Experimenting with fermentation has been quite interesting. We have tried different times and temperatures, first with the cherries and then with the beans. I have learned a lot of things. It is important to always have the same amount of coffee during the fermentation process, or at least give the coffee similar conditions of space and temperature “.

    All processing times vary according to climate variables at harvest time. Coffees destined for natural processing are typically fermented for 20 hours into cherries in the same bags used by pickers, then sorted by flotation before being transferred to African beds to dry. Drying usually takes 30 days in the case of natural ones.

    CLR has paid for El Obaraje coffees 50% above the current C market price. This% does not include transportation, risk, financing, warehousing and transportation service.


    Nariño is one of the 32 departments of Colombia. It shares a southern border with Ecuador and is home to thousands of small-scale coffee-growing families. The three mountain ranges of the Andes of Colombia converge in Nariño, presenting ideal altitudes and fertile soil for high Arabica production.

    Nariño’s particular geography and its proximity to coastal and land borders have historically transformed it into a corridor of illicit trade routes, leading to unwarranted violence against residents of remote mountain farms. Today, thanks to the particularly resilient and courageous spirit of Nariño farmers, the small region is a respected nucleus of coffee innovation.

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