Finca El Obraje Caturra Natural
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.
We first tasted Pablo’s caturra nearly five years ago. At this point, our staff alone has probably brewed enough Obraje Washed Caturra to fill an Olympic swimming pool - which is to say we’re pretty familiar with the flavor profile. This year, Pablo processed a portion of his caturra harvest naturally and to say we have been excited about it would be an understatement. We always enjoy a good washed/natural side by side, but this one feels like a movie adaptation of a book we can recite from memory. The Natural Caturra has all of the same characters, just reimagined and filled in with color.