Finca El Obraje Gesha Washed Process
Farmer: Pablo Guerrero
Farm: El Obraje
Origin: Nariño, Colombia
Process: Washed Process
The El Obraje Estate is situated in the Nariño Department of Western Colombia, bordering Equador and the Pacific Ocean. The region's geography is ideal for high grown Arabica coffee cultivation, with the El Obraje estate, in particular, at an impressive 2100m above sea level. Estate owner, Pablo Guerrero, originally converted the farm from an apple orchard to a thriving coffee farm, becoming one of the first growers to pioneer coffee cultivation in this region. The area, since, has become more coffee-focused, with a number of small holder coffee producing families.
The farm primarily produces high quality Caturra, Typica, and Castillo varieties, but Guerrero's success with the finicky Geisha variety has led to a great deal of success and exposure in the specialty coffee market.
This is the third season we have sourced and roasted the El Obraje Gesha as a compliment to the standard El Obraje we have offered throughout the year for six seasons. This year's Gesha harvest has yielded a vibrant, citrusy coffee with typical Gesha characteristics like black tea tannin and intense aromas and flavors of citrus zest, and bergamot, however the coffee maintains typical Colombian coffee characteristics like rich brown sugar sweetness and a jammy body.
This year, our Director of Education, John Kruegler, is making his second bid for a shot at competing in the World Coffee Championships after placing third in the regional DC qualifying round. The fact that there is a worldwide coffee competition might come as a surprise to some people, so what is World Coffee Championships and how does it work? The competition evaluates competitors in five categories: Barista, Cupping, Brewing, Roasting, and Latte Art. Competitors compete in one or more categories at various regional and national qualifying events for an opportunity to compete at a national finals event in their home country. National finals winners move on to compete in a worldwide competition in a rotating host country. John will be joined for the Nashville regional competition by fellow Blanchard's team member, Patrick Rush, who will be competing in the Barista portion using the same coffee.