Café con aroma de mujer (1994 TV series)

Café con aroma de mujer ("Coffee with the scent of a woman") is a 1994 Colombian telenovela produced by then programming company RCN Televisión on state-owned Canal A. It was created and written by Fernando Gaitán. It was broadcast in several countries throughout Latin America, North America and Europe.

Café con aroma de mujer
Created byFernando Gaitán
Directed byPepe Sánchez
StarringMargarita Rosa de Francisco
Guy Ecker
Alejandra Borrero
Cristóbal Errázuriz
Silva de Dios
Constanza Duque
Opening themeGaviota by Margarita Rosa de Francisco
Country of originColombia
Original languageSpanish
No. of episodes169
Production locationsBogotá, Colombia
Running time45 minutes
Production companyRCN Televisión
Original release
NetworkCanal A
Release1994 (1994) –
1995 (1995)
Café con aroma de mujer (2021 Version)



Teresa Suárez (Margarita Rosa de Francisco), nicknamed "Gaviota" (Spanish for "Gull"), and her mother Carmenza Suárez, work as harvesters and throughout the year they travel to different farmlands across Colombia searching for work. Each October, just prior to the harvest period in the coffee axis, they travel to the hacienda Casablanca in Filandia whose owner, powerful coffee businessman Octavio Vallejo, secures employment for them. One October, Vallejo dies and his family, spread over the world, heads back to Casablanca to attend the funeral. Once back in the hacienda after several years in London, his grandson Sebastián Vallejo (Guy Ecker) meets Gaviota and only with her he is eventually able to overcome his fear of women.

After a few encounters, Sebastián and Gaviota begin a short, but passionate affair that becomes for both of them their first true romantic experience. They keep their romance a secret, specially from his aristocratic family, but eventually he must leave back for London after his grandfather's funeral to finish his college studies. The pair agree to reunite in Casablanca exactly the same date the following year, once he graduates, to finally marry. Shortly after Sebastián's departure, Gaviota finds out she is pregnant. Finding no means to get in contact with him, distrusting his family and with no one else to turn to, she decides to travel to Europe herself to search for him, having been deceived by a network of human trafficking who prey on her naivete by offering her a job as a model but actually hoping to exploit her as a prostitute in Paris.

Sebastián returns to Casablanca the following year to keep his promise and, after searching for her in town, he finds out she went to Europe to work as a prostitute. Disheartened, and influenced by his avaricious cousin Iván Vallejo (Cristóbal Errázuriz), he weds his friend Lucía Sandoval (Alejandra Borrero) who accepts a lifetime in a completely sexless marriage just to be by his side.

Gaviota, having assumed a new identity in Europe as Carolina Olivares, finally returns to Colombia but only manages to arrive at Casablanca the morning after Sebastián and Lucía's wedding ceremony has taken place there. Dismayed by the sudden turn of events, Gaviota looks for her mother and secretly leaves Casablanca for good in order to stay away from Sebastián and to find a better life in Bogotá. Having much difficulty in the huge and unfamiliar city she eventually returns to the world of coffee, this time being employed by Cafexport, the coffee-exporting company owned by the Vallejo family, under her alternate identity as Carolina Olivares. After realising Gaviota's return to Casablanca and her almost immediate departure, and also regretting his hasty and love-lacking marriage, Sebastián decides to employ all his means to find her. Lucía eventually finds out about his previous story with Gaviota and vows to keep her marriage and fight by thwarting his plans, while Iván and his wife Lucrecia (Sylvia de Dios) secretly plot to keep Sebastián and Gaviota apart in order to keep late Octavio Vallejo's wealth for themselves.



This telenovela marked a difference in Latin American telenovelas and the way they were created. The story involved both typical and modern parts of Colombia, taking place in the heart of Colombian coffee plantations, showing a panoramic and authentic view of the culture of Colombian coffee growers and the traditional heartland of Colombia's coffee-growing highlands, while also taking place in the capital city and providing an insight into the coffee business in an important coffee export company[1] and the National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia.

In a short time, Café, con aroma de mujer became popular among audiences of all ages and genders, to the point that it became popularly told how the whole country would "come to a standstill" when the show came on the air on weeknights at 20:00. Its competition on Canal Uno was Las aguas mansas produced by RTI Colombia, which would be remade in 2003 as the successful Pasión de gavilanes.

The lead star Margarita Rosa de Francisco, already popular for her roles in Gallito Ramirez (1986) and Los Pecados de Inés de Hinojosa (1988) and for being a former Miss Colombia (second place in Miss World 1985), gave life to "Gaviota", one of the most popular characters in Colombian television and De Francisco's most important work.



Main cast


Supporting cast



  1. Gaviota
  2. Aroma de mujer - "Scent of a woman"
  3. Entre dos fuegos - "Between two fires"
  4. Volveran las Obscuras Golondrinas - "The dark swallows will return"
  5. Mal Amor - "Bad love"
  6. Sangra un corazón - "A heart bleeds"
  7. A mi pesar - "To my regret"
  8. As de Corazones - "Ace of hearts"
  9. Como si nada - "Like if nothing"
  10. Como un cristal - "Like a glass"
  11. Vuelve - "Come back"
  12. Café café - "Coffee - coffee"
  13. Ni soy río, ni soy flor - "Neither am river, nor a flower"
  14. Chapolera
  15. Inquietud - "Concern"

All tracks are sung by Margarita Rosa de Francisco with the exception of «Sangra un Corazón», sung by Argentinian singer Luis Andrés Penagos. The telenovela's opening credits feature «Gaviota», but its Argentinian broadcast used instead «Sin tí» by Donato y Estefano.



Cafe con Aroma de Mujer was remade in Mexico twice. In 2001, TV Azteca first produced Cuando seas mía starring Silvia Navarro and Sergio Basañez as 'Paloma' and 'Diego'. In 2007, Televisa produced Destilando Amor with Angélica Rivera and Eduardo Yáñez, changing coffee for tequila.[1][2]

In 2021, a different, modern version of Cafe con Aroma de Mujer has been remade by RCN Televisión, starring Laura Londoño and William Levy.[3] All the soundtracks in the 2021 remake are performed by Laura Londoño herself.

International release

Country Network(s) Series premiere Series finale Title Weekly Time Timeslot
  Brazil (SBT) - Netflix BR) March 5, 2001 September 3, 2001 Café Com Aroma de Mulher Monday to Saturday 20:15 (UTC-3)
  Colombia Canal A(Now RCN) November 30, 1994 1995 Café, con aroma de mujer Monday to Friday 20:00 COL-PER-ECU/22:00 BRA-ARG-PAR-URU/21:00 CHI-BOL-VEN
  Spain TVE La 1 1997 1998 Café, con aroma de mujer Monday to Friday 21:00ESP/15:00COL/17:00ARG
  Brazil SBT April 3, 1995 August 18, 1995 Café, com aroma de mulher Monday to Friday 18:45 BRA
  Argentina Canal 9 March 6, 1995
August 12, 1995
August 4, 1995
March 28, 2014
Café, con aroma de mujer Monday to Friday 19:00 ARG/ 17:00 COL
14:30 ARG / 12:30 COL
  Argentina El Trece November 19, 1997 1998 Café, con aroma de mujer Monday to Friday 14:00 ARG/12:00 COL
  Paraguay Canal 13 March 14, 1995 August 5, 1995 Café con aroma de mujer Monday to Friday 19:00 PAR/ 17:00 COL
  Uruguay Canal 10 March 21, 1995 August 12, 1995 Café, con aroma de mujer Monday to Friday 19:00 URU/ 17:00 COL
  Brazil NET July 8, 2013 February 14, 2014 Café, con aroma de mujer Monday to Friday 17:30
TVC 4 May 8, 1995 October 6, 1995 Café, con aroma de mujer Monday to Friday 18:00 ARG-PAR-URU/ 16:00 COL
  Chile TVN April 3, 1995 September 8, 1999 Café, con aroma de mujer Monday to Friday 14:30 CHI / 13:30 COL
  Panama Telemetro April 10, 1995 September 15, 1995 Café, con aroma de mujer Monday to Friday 15:00 (UTC-5)
  Mexico Netflix LA January 6, 2014 present Café, con aroma de mujer Monday to Sunday 24 hours all episodes at 7:00 pm / 10:00 pm (Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay and South Sandwich) / 8:00 pm (Ecuador, Colombia, Perú and Panamá)/ 11:00 pm (some local times of Brazil) / 09:00 pm (Chile, Bolivia, Venezuela and Dominican Republic)

DVD release


There are no plans to release the telenovela on DVD. However, there are bootleg copies of the show on DVD.



See also