Luis Alberto Balladarez Java Natural - LIMITED ROAST: MEDIUM

Regular price $21.00


PRODUCER: Luis Alberto Balladarez
ORIGIN: Finca La Bendicion, Nueva Segovia
ELEVATION: 1,300 masl
PROCESS: Natural
HARVEST: Winter/Spring 2020-2021
TASTING: Blueberry & milk chocolate, syrupy 

Net wt. 10oz (285g)

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Luis Alberto Balladarez Java Natural is back for a second straight year and, as it was last year, this is a fun one - fruit-forward, and sweet! You get all the deep, sweet blueberry jam kind of flavor that you get from the best Ethiopian natural process coffees, but without the florals - there is more of a milk chocolate and sugar-browning backbone instead. We've roasted this coffee medium rather than our standard light profile to really emphasize those sugar-browning notes and tone down the acidity a little bit.

The Java variety is generally fantastic and there is no exception here. 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.
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:

"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 105 acres in coffee, Luis grows the following varieties: Caturra, Red Catuai, Hybrids, Villa Sarchi, Pacamara, Maracaturra, H-3, Marselleza, SL-34 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. Washed coffees are dried for between 20-25 days, honeys 20-25 days and naturals, between 30-35 days! Luis Alberto won 6th place in the COE this year, 1st place in 2020, 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 fourth year working with Luis Alberto and every year is coffees are amongst the most fun that we work with! 

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 Wednesdays. If you order anytime up until 3pm Tuesday, we will roast and ship the next day. Orders received after 3pm Tuesday 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.