The cup is complex, with aromatic wood and cinnamon stick, along with spiced apple cider, and a rustic dark caramel sweetness. There's something mildly like wild flowers and herbal teas in the cup, a blend of mint, green tea, chamomile, sage blossom.
It has been a good year for the farm, _‹ÐUn Regalo de Dios._‹ It was recognized as the best Nicaragua coffee in the Coffee of the Year competition (with a solid but not sky-high 85.5 points). Then it won 3rd place in the Cup of Excellence with a more impressive 91.3 points, a Presidential Award score. We found that they had a small lot available, not the CoE lot, not the SCAA lot, but a very sweet coffee that impressed me on the cupping table. The farm name means "A Gift from God" and reflects the convictions of the owner, Luis Alberto Balladares Moncada. In fact they donated all their CoE proceeds, no small amount of money, to a home building project and church i the area of the farm. Sr. Luis 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 1800 meters, and only about 1/3 of the land is planted in coffee. The shipment arrived quite late, and I was happy we took the trouble to line the bags with GrainPro barriers, or undoubtedly it would have arrived with a baggy cup flavor. Most Nicaraguas should arrive by July, and here we are in September! But the cup speaks for itself.
I roasted the arrival lot at 3 different levels and found a longer, slightly darker roast (FC) was were the "sweet spot" was with this coffee. The aroma has a dark cane sugar scent, so very aromatic I could detect it from across the cupping room! Wet aromatics have a whiff of age, but the sweetness dominates. There are cooked apple notes, along with that brown sugar scent, and just a hint of rose. The cup is complex, with aromatic wood and cinnamon stick, along with spiced apple cider, and a rustic dark caramel sweetness. There's something mildly like wild flowers and herbal teas in the cup, a blend of mint, green tea, chamomile, sage blossom. I think it would be a slightly better coffee if it didn't ship so late, but I am really enjoying the Full City roast level here; a Central flavor profile with nice body and a bit more aggressive "oomph" to the cup than the more delicate offerings.