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Caffe Society - Nicaraguan La Bendición Pacamara

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A vibrant coffee with prominent notes of grape and clean citrus edge - a must try! It's a very aromatic cup and first impression are very pleasing - those being of fresh flowers with an underlying hint of apple blossom.

The opening sip reveals a crisp and sweet citric acidity which lingers. The prominent flavour is that of green grape, though there is a noticeable crunch of lemons and limes in there too, before those give way to reveal a surprising milk chocolate finish.
Located in the far north of Nicaragua, where La Cordillera de Dipilto y Jalapa separates one Central American country from another, are a string of coffee farms owned by Luis Albert Balladarez. The climate in Nueva Segovia is a constant contrast: The towns on the southern facing mountain towns are almost desert dry, but once you cross over the peak a vast expanse of green welcomes you and the weather is decidedly wetter. It's a Jekyll and Hyde type environment and one that Balladarez, a regular entrant in the Cup of Excellence event, uses to cultivate some truly wonderful coffees.

This particular offering comes from Balladarez's La Bendición farm - and what a lot it is! Grown at an average altitude of 1,250m, the Pacamara cherries (a hybrid of Bourbon derivative Pacas and Maragogype), once ripe, are transported to a mill in Ocotal where they are hand-picked and processed before being sun dried in the town's arid climate. Coming from the evergreen plantations this must be something of a culture shock for the beans, but it's one that, in the words of our buying and tasting teams, produces "a truly knockout coffee!"

Unsurprisingly this lot was a finalist in this year's Cup of Excellence competition and it's easy to see why.

It goes without saying that this is a very sought after coffee from a very exceptional farm.

Did you know?

In 2010 a lot from Finca La Bendición achieved what's known as a Presidential Score (90+) in that year's Cup of Excellence and was also crowned Nicaraguan Coffee of the Year by the Speciality Coffee Association of America. Balladarez and La Bendición certainly have some pedigree!

Altitude: 1,250m
Farm/Coop: La Bendición
Great for: Aeropress, Cafetiere, Espresso, Filter, With milk
Origin: Central America/Nicaragua - Jalapa, Nueva Segovia
Process Method: Washed - and sun-dried
Tasting Notes: Green grape and citrus. Sweet chocolate aftertaste
Varietals: Pacamara

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Cupping Chart for Caffe Society - Nicaraguan La Bendición Pacamara

Caffe Society - Nicaraguan La Bendición Pacamara Cupping Chart

Initial collection: Caffe Society - West Yorkshire

Tasting record

Method Dose Grind Time Volume Comments
e.g. Espresso 18g Vario 1E 25secs 30ml A bit finer next time would be better.