Caramelized sugar and nutty-chocolate roast taste, cinnamon stick spice note, balanced, not overly acidic, pleasant bittersweet qualities, mild wild flower and herbal tea notes. It cools with an almond skin tannic note. City+ to Full City+
We came back to Beneficio Las Segovias this year to find more farm-specific lots because we were so happy with the _‹ÐUn Regalo de Dios_‹ coffee from last year. It is the farm of Luis Alberto Balladarez Moncada, who runs Las Segovias mill as well. The The farm name means "A Gift from God" and reflects the convictions of the owner. It was recognized as the best Nicaragua coffee in the Coffee of the Year competition at SCAA in 2010 (with a solid but not sky-high 85.5 points). Then it won 3rd place in the Cup of Excellence in 2010 with a more impressive 91.3 points, a Presidential Award score. They donated all their CoE proceeds, no small amount of money, to a home building project and church in the area of the farm. Sr. Ballardes is a new owner of the farm, but his family has deep roots in coffee farming. The farm ranges on steep slopes from 1350 meters up to 1700 meters, and only about 1/3 of the land (41 hectares) is planted in coffee. This lot is a blend of 3 separate harvest batches that I thought were especially good, but too small to offer separately.
This coffee has a lot of milk chocolate aromatics, in the grounds and wet aroma, as well as some undertones of banana, brown sugar, toasted almond and a hint of hibiscus. I found a longer, slightly darker roast (FC) was were the "sweet spot" was with this coffee. The cup has a caramelized sugar, nuts, and chocolate roast taste, cinnamon stick spice note. It's quite balanced, not overly acidic, with very pleasant bittersweet qualities. There's something mildly like wild flowers and herbal tea in the cup, a blend of mint, green tea, sage blossom. It cools with an almond skin tannic note. I am really enjoying the Full City roast level here; a Central flavor profile with nice body.