Luis Alberto Balladarez, owner of Finca ‘Un Regalo de Dios’ (‘a gift from god’), is one of the long term direct trade partners our friends and green coffee suppliers from Right Side Coffee in Barcelona have been working with for years. The farm is located in the Mozonte Municipality of Nueva Segovia, in the far north of Nicaragua, close to the border with Honduras in the Dipilto-Jalapa mountain range. Here, a cloud forest and loose sandy soil that is rich in nutrients create a micro climate ideal for growing coffee. The farm itself is divided into micro lots to account for the specific growing location (topography, altitude, exposure to sun, wind etc.), as well as different coffee varieties growing on the same farm. The goal is to achieve full traceability for each lot in order to be able to control the quality and manage experimental processing techniques.
Luis Alberto is extremely passionate and knowledgeable when it comes to coffee. Not only is he on a constant quest for the best quality in his beans but one of his main motivators to dedicate himself to the coffee industry in his country is to create opportunities for the people trying to make a living in this sector. At Finca ‘Un Regalo de Dios’ every lot of coffee is processed with utmost care and attention to detail at every step of the way. The hard work invested has been rewarded with multiple winning coffees at the ‘Cup of Excellence’ competition over the last few years. In fact, it is their take on the natural process that earned them some of their recent winning lots in this competition.
Understandably, they are guarding some of the details of what they do differently in their post-harvest processing but here is what we know: this natural process Pacamara is the second lot we have from Finca ‘Un Regalo de Dios’ this year (some of you might have enjoyed the ‘Honey Glory’). The coffee cherries are handpicked when they are at their optimum point of ripeness. The drying process of the entire fruit is closely monitored and they apply measures to control humidity and temperature levels during the fermentation process. The fruits are spread out on raised netted beds to dry in the sun until they reach optimum moisture levels for export. This special twist on a classic processing method gives the coffee a sensational sweetness and fruitiness combined with a cleanness in the cup that is truly exceptional for a natural coffee.
Nicaragua - Un Regalo de Dios Natural
100% Arabica, medium-light roast
Region: Mozonte, Nueva Segovia
Altitude: 1,500 masl
Producer: Luis Alberto Balladarez Moncada
Process: Natural process with a twist
Tasting Notes: Forest Berries, Nectarines, Clotted Cream
Recommended for: Brewed coffee, Espresso