Luis Alberto Balladarez. Un Regalo de Dios - La Amistad. Nicaragua.Contrabean Roasting Company
A new offering from Green Haven Imports!
Sweet and sugary, caramel/toffee, milk chocolate, nuts, cloves. Bright and juicy as it cools. Medium Body. Well balanced.
Luis Alberto Balladarez, Winner of 2020 Nicaragua Cup of Excellence, is a name synonymous with excellence in the specialty coffee industry. His coffees have consistently placed in the upper tier of the Cup of Excellence competitions in Nicaragua. Over the course of the last decade, Luis has been honing his skills and furthering his knowledge in specialty coffee practices, enabling him to continue producing high quality coffee offerings year after year. His constant experimentation with natural and honey processes have made him a renowned and noteworthy contributor to specialty Nicaraguan coffees and made him a reputable and respected figurehead in the country.
Immediately on the journey up to his estate, it is impossible not to be mesmerized by the surrounding majesty of the pine and Encino trees and the fauna that creates a unique ecosystem that contributes to exceptional growing conditions. Apart from the geographical setting of the estate, “Un Regalo” also has a sophisticated washing station and mill, Las Segovias, that is managed under Luis’ watchful and diligent eye. The coffee cherries are first separated by a siphon tank, which does the initial sorting before depulping. The cherries are then fermented at a wash canal and then dried on raised patio beds for 12 days at the mill. The vertical integration of the coffees, further reassures the quality that is expected from Luis’ coffee estates and his entire flow of production. His coffees are true, zero defect coffees.
Green Haven Imports is a boutique importer of excellent Nicaraguan micro-lot coffees, sourced from some of the finest growers and cultivators in the country. Green Haven’s portfolio includes Cup of Excellence finalists and award-winners, as well as artisans whose relentless pursuit of enhanced cup quality continues to lead to better, more responsible techniques for growing and processing. Jamie takes pride in his direct-trade relationships with these artisans, and is active in his support of ethical and transparent cultivation techniques, as well as fair labour practices.