Colombia Hacienda El Obraje Espresso
- Purple grape
- Orange blossom
This coffee comes from a farm in Nariño, Colombia called Hacienda El Obraje, currently owned and managed by Pablo Guerrero.
An architect by trade, Sr. Guerrero inherited El Obraje through his family and began growing coffee on the property in 1999. For nearly a century prior, the 100-acre farm had been used to grow potatoes, corn, and apples but adverse market and transport conditions made these crops too challenging to continue to pursue.
While the area in which El Obraje is located is rich in volcanic soils, the national coffee board believed that the farm was located at too high an elevation to produce coffee. Regardless, Sr. Guerrero built a small mill and planted out some sections of the farm with coffee in an attempt to demonstrate its viability as an alternative agricultural crop for the area.
Initially, the coffee grown on El Obraje was treated much like a commodity – the fruit was picked, processed, and sold with little attention paid to cup quality. Around 10 years ago, Sr. Guerrero began focusing on selective picking, fermentation times, and careful processing techniques that dramatically improved the resulting coffee quality.
Twenty years on, and thanks in part to Sr. Guerrero’s vision and resilience, the area of Tangua is now recognised alongside other areas of Nariño as a micro-region capable of growing the kinds of incredibly sweet, dense, and flavour-packed coffees.
REGION: NARIÑO, COLOMBIA
PRODUCER: PABLO GUERRERO
Espresso roast. Suitable for espresso machines and stovetops. A great place to start your coffee at home journey.
BUREAUX believes that coffee is all-encompassing. It’s not just a drink in a cup – it’s the people, skills and experiences that got it there, and they are forever determined to pay respect to that journey. It’s a careful balance between producing coffee that is both luminous and layered while contributing to the quality of life of those who grow it.
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