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.
The dry fragrance has aromatics of Root beer and cinnamon in the lighter roasts, with pungent floral fruit (papaya, guava). The root beer and cola is even sweeter at Full City roast levels. It's incredibly and surprisingly floral with bergamot citrus on the break at City. The root beer shows up in the warm cup, especially at Full City, with some lemon frosting in the lighter roasts. As it cools, there's soft honeydew melon notes at City with an expansive mouthfeel and root beer and cherry in the finish. As it cools, the cup is more floral at Full City than at City, with the pungent floral papaya coming through in a big way. This coffee was a shapeshifter, each time I went back to it at any roast level it would unfold and reveal something else that was always sweet and enticing. I could imagine some very interesting SO espresso from this coffee. 90.1