Nicaragua Un Regalo de Dios Pacamara Natural
Cup Characteristics: Intense flavors of brown sugar, black cherry, dried fruit and pipe tobacco, with aromas of honey, mango and pineapple. This coffee has an elegant, sweet red apple acidity. A lush, well structured cup with milk chocolate body and a long, smooth finish.
$21.99 per pound
First and final offering of the season for this nice Pacamara. This is a natural process coffee whereby the coffee beans or seeds are dried in the fruit. This method imparts fruit flavors into the coffee. This is also a Pacamara varietal which exhibits big, bold darker fruit flavors and complexity.
Although Nicaragua lies in the heart of the Central American coffee growing countries, and has been growing coffee commercially for over a century, the success of the coffee industry has been plagued by political strife. During the Reagan administration, all Nicaraguan products were banned from import to the United States. In recent years, coffee plantations once taken over by Sandinistas have been returned to local families, and the industry is making great strides towards producing some very high quality coffees. As improvements in cultivation, traceability and quality occur, long-term production is steadily increasing, and farmers are offering a surprising range of cup profiles based on distinctive varietals and unique micro-climates.
Finca Un Regalo de Diós ("Gift from God") is located in the Mozonte Municipality of Nueva Segovia, in the far north, close to the border with Honduras in the Dipilto-Jalapa mountain range. This farm is one of several owned by Luis Alberto Balladarez Moncada, who also owns the Beneficio Las Segovias coffee mill in Ocotal. One of his farms, La Bendición, took first place in the 2018 Cup of Excellence competition; a lot from Finca Un Regalo de Diós took 5th place. Individual farms are split into "plantíos" (plantations) based on altitude, and coffees are further separated based on varietal. Even multiple lots from the same plantío harvested and processed on the same day may have subtle variations that make them better suited to pulped natural or full natural processing rather than conventional washing. This coffee is from the "El Salvador" lot, and is a naturally processed Pacamara. The washed and honey processed coffee from this farm is dried for 20-25 days, but the natural processed coffee is dried for 30-35 days - natural coffees are dried with the coffee cherry on the beans, which imparts an inherent fruitiness to the coffee bean.
Our head roaster, Jeff, visited this and other farms owned by Luis last year, in early March. He saw first hand the care that went into coffee from this excellent producer.
- Producer: Luis Alberto Balladarez Moncada
- Farm: Un Regalo de Dios
- Department: Nueva Segovia
- Municipality: Mozonte
- Community: Quisuli
- Altitude: 1350-1700m above sea level
- Farm Size: 179 acres total, 130 acres dedicated to coffee production
- Coffee variety: Pacamara
- Coffee grade: SHG (Strictly High Grown)
- Processing: Natural
- Harvest: December to March