El Obraje Geisha - Natural
For the second year running, we have been lucky enough to get our hands on a small amount of the natural process Geisha from the amazing El Obraje farm in Nariño, Colombia.
This is a strictly limited edition coffee, once it sells out it is gone for good. Don't miss this perfect stocking stuffer for the coffee lover in your life.
Mr. Pablo Guerrero was the first to introduce coffee to the Tangua area outside of the city of Pasto in the year 2000. Hacienda El Obraje has been in Pablo’s family for many years and originally produced wheat and other grains. When Pablo first began planting coffee in 2000, he grew traditional, conventional coffee and did not have a mill. By 2009, he had built a facility to process his own coffee and entered into the specialty coffee market. His experiments continued; he planted new varieties and processed Natural as well as Washed coffees. Planting coffee was initially risky because he was unsure how productive coffee would be at such a high elevation, but the coffee trees flourished and now others are following in his footsteps.
The climate and terrain of Obraje are major contributing factors to its coffee’s unique cup profile. Temperatures vary greatly in a day, from 32 degrees Celsius at noon to 8 degrees or less at night. Obraje is located near many volcanic mountains and the rocky soil is filled with minerals. The hundred-hectare Hacienda El Obraje is a truly stunning property in the mountains of the Nariño department, with coffee planted on the slopes descending to a river valley. El Obraje’s wet mill on the property is extremely tidy and includes tile fermentation tanks, depulping equipment, mechanical oven dryers, and raised drying beds under a solar dryer. Coffee processing begins as soon as the cherries are harvested.
All processing times vary according to the variables of climate at the time of harvest. Coffees destined to be Natural processed are normally fermented for 20 hours in cherry in the same bags the pickers use, then flotation-sorted before being moved to raised beds to dry. Drying typically takes 30 days for Naturals.
Pablo brought Geisha seeds from Panama in 2011 and started with 2,000 trees. Four years later, he planted another 7,000 trees, which are now in production. Geisha trees are planted with 3m distance between them to give their broad-stature branches room to grow. Geisha cherries are selectively harvested when they are at full maturity and have a red-purple color.
Read more about Hacienda El Obraje’s history and current practices.
Due to the extremely limited amount of this coffee we have to roast, we have chosen to only offer this as an omniroast suited to a variety of brew methods.
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