El Obraje El Bosque Blend
Finca El Obraje sits high in the mountains near Tangua in the Nariño Department of Colombia. Pablo Guererra and his family have been working these 92 hectares for many years, farming wheat and grains until the Colombian government started importing these goods. Pablo began planting coffee in 2000. By 2009 he was building his own mill and planting specialty varieties, starting with caturra and gesha. At such high elevations, temperature and moisture can make growing coffee difficult and uncertain, but with low-density shade trees, mechanical oven dryers, as well as raised bed solar dryers, Pablo and his coffees have managed to adapt to their conditions.
After his win at Cup of Excellence the last year, Pablo’s work at El Obraje has been recognized around the world. In response, Pablo has continued the consistent work we have come to rely on as well as broadened his focus on experimenting with new varietal blends and fermentation techniques. This year’s experiment, named Bosque Blend, combines two of his most productive varieties, Caturra and Castillo, with his younger Yellow Bourbon variety. While the blend components seem straightforward enough on the surface, Pablo employs a combination of anaerobic fermentation and dry fermentation to achieve a sugar content of 10 degrees Brix before the coffee is rinsed and moved to drying beds for 20-25 days. The Bosque Blend highlights all of the best qualities of its components. The resulting cup is rich and complex and incredibly drinkable.
Caturra, Castillo, Yellow Bourbon