Luis Alberto Balladarez Natural - LIMITED ROAST

Regular price $21.00


PRODUCER: Luis Alberto Balladarez
ORIGIN: Finca La Bendicion / Finca Lo Prometido, Nueva Segovia
ELEVATION: 1,300 - 1,650 masl
PROCESS: Natural
HARVEST: Winter/Spring 2019-2020
TASTING: Blueberry & milk chocolate, juicy

Net wt. 10oz (285g) 

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This is a fun one - super juicy, fruit-forward, and sweet! It is not quite as bright as our Ethiopia Tigesit Waqa Natural, though they share a similar intense blueberry flavor profile. We'd call the Tigesit super bright and very sweet, whereas this coffee is just a little bright and very sweet. This coffee is a bit less floral than the Tigesit is, with more of a milk chocolate backbone.

Not only is it our first ever Nicaraguan offering, it is also our first Java variety! From World Coffee Research: "Java has a long history of cultivation. As indicated by the name, the variety was introduced to the island of Java directly from Ethiopia by the Dutch in the early 19th century.
It was originally thought to be a Typica selection. In the mid-20th century, it was brought to Cameroon by a local farmer via the Vilmorin company, which acquired the seeds in Java from Porteres (a famous breeder). In Cameroon, the breeder Pierre Bouharmont observed that it was partially tolerant to coffee berry disease (CBD), a prevalent problem for coffee growers in Africa, and well adapted for smallholder growers using few inputs. After nearly 20 years of selection, it was released for cultivation in Cameroon in 1980-90.

It was originally thought to be a Typica selection. But genetic fingerprinting of molecular markers has revealed that Java is a selection from an Ethiopian landrace population called Abysinia.

It was introduced to Costa Rica in 1991 by the Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (CIRAD) by breeder Benoit Bertrand. The objective was to provide options for smallholders using low inputs, as well as for CBD tolerance (CBD is not currently present in Central America, but there is concern it may move to the region). Seeds were sent to PROMECAFE countries, but it was never released in any of the countries. Subsequently Java’s quality potential at high altitudes has been recognized. The first Central American country to officially recognize Java was Panama in 2016.

It represents an interesting alternative to the Geisha, which high cup quality but is more resilient for small farmers with better tolerance of coffee leaf rust and CBD."

From our importer:

"The Java Natural this year was produced at two different farms, both owned by Luis Alberto Balladarez. Luis Alberto is one of the most advanced producers we work with and extensively cups in his own lab to separate, or in this put together coffees, that exhibit the best profile. In this case, after cupping the Java from both farms individually and then together as a blend, he and his team decided that the blend offered the best quality and profile. Luis Alberto won 1st place in the COE this year, placed 1st and 5th place in 2018, as well as 13th and 3rd place in 2017.... he is no stranger to producing exceptional coffees. This is our third year working with Luis Alberto and every year is coffees are amongst the most fun that we work with!

Finca Lo Prometido is located in the Dipilto-Jalapa mountain range in the North of the department of Nueva Segovia and sits at a range of elevations, from 1,450 m.a.s.l. at the "low" end, with lots as high as 1,650 m.a.s.l. at the top. In total, the farm is approximately 13 hectares, with 9 currently in production and 3 soon to be producing. The farm is situated in the municipality of Mozonte (in the community of La Soledad) and currently has the following varieties: Red Catuai, SL-28, Bourbon, Java, Pacamara and Maracaturra.

Finca La Bendicion is located in the Dipilto-Jalapa mountain range in the Northeast of the department of Nueva Segovia and sits at an elevation of approximately 1,300 meters. In total, the farm is 252 acres, with around 105 acres planted in coffee. Of those 130 acres in coffee, Luis grows the following varieties: SL-29, Caturra, Red Catuai, Hybrids, Villa Sarchi, Pacamara, Maracaturra, H-3, Marselleza and Java. Finca La Bendición has a loose sandy soil, with abundant humus and has an annual rainfall of between 1,400 and 1,600mm. In addition, the farm has a rich biodiverse environment of fauna and flora, with an abundance of broad-leaved trees and conifer species. All of this together, creates for optimal coffee growing conditions.

The care and processing that goes into every lot that is processed in this farm is second to none, with careful detail at every stage, starting with optimal cherry picking at the farm level. The dry-mill is located in Ocotal and washed coffees are dried for between 20-25 days, honeys 20-25 days and naturals, between 30-35 days!

For more information about his processes and coffees, we created a few video clips that I also think are important to watch to really understand how special this producer and his coffees are:"

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    Roasting and Shipping Schedule:

    Coffee is roasted on Thursdays. If you order anytime up until 12pm (noon) Wednesday, we will roast and ship the next day. Orders received after 12pm (noon) Wednesday may not get roasted until the following week. If we have extra inventory, we will ship ASAP. Email us at shippingwoes (at) if you have questions about when your order will be roasted and/or shipped.