Pablo Andres Guerrero


El Obraje – Finca ganadora Taza de la Excellencia 2021




2020, 2021





Tasting notes

clementine, floral, kiwi, peach

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    On June 3, 2021, the El Obraje farm obtained 1st place in the Cup of Excellence contest with its Gesha Washed coffee, obtaining a score of 90.61, the highest to date, in the Colombian competition. I also obtained the 8th place with the Natural version of the same Gesha.

    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 “.

    This batch of Gesha coffee was processed by washing in the El Obraje mill. All processing times vary according to climate variables at harvest time. Typically, cherries are fermented whole for 20 hours in the same bags that pickers use for harvesting. Cherries are selectively harvested for their maturity and graded by flotation. After being pulped, the coffee is dry fermented for another 24 hours and then thoroughly washed before being sorted a second time by flotation. The coffee is then dried for an average of 16 days on raised beds or four days in the parchment mechanical combustion dryer, where it receives a flow of hot air of 30 degrees Celsius.

    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.






    Nariñois 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’sparticular 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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