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In Northern Nicaragua, near the Honduras border, is a town called Ocotal. Ocotal is home to Beneficio Las Segovias, which is run by farmer Luis Alberto Ballardez. This mill, and Luis Alberto specifically, have been integral in developing and recognizing quality coffee in Nicaragua. Over the past few years, they have gained a noteworthy reputation for producing unique and beautiful coffees.
Luis Alberto runs this mill, as well as a few farms in the outlying Dipilto and Mozonte. This lot, called La Pena, is a sub-plot of his most famous farm “Un Regalo de Dios.” Luis Alberto uses these sub-plots to plant different varieties and experiment with processing techniques. La Pena is where he decided to plant Yellow Catuai. After several years of experimentation, Luis Alberto decided that the best way to accentuate the natural sweetness of the Yellow Catuai variety was to use the “Miel” (“Honey”) process--also known as “pulp natural”. In this process, the skin of the fruit is removed but the sticky mucilage is left on to dry, and the sugars from the fruit migrate into the seed, producing a sweeter coffee. Luis Alberto also uses raised beds, and carefully monitors the coffee to ensure it is turned often, and drying evenly to preserve the quality. This coffee is a sister coffee to our La Pena Natural, which is the same coffee processed in a different method, natural process.
We’re excited and honored to have the first production of La Pena Miel. We hope you will appreciate and enjoy Luis Alberto’s efforts, and celebrate with us his creativity and craftmanship.
Available for limited times in small quantities, our carefully curated micro-lots are single origin coffees at their purest. Not only are the beans sourced from one farm, they're sourced from one micro-lot of land on that farm, ensuring a highly consistent flavor and experience. This is a wonderful way to sample the true, amazing potential of coffee. We've selected these lots despite their small quantity because we see something in them that's truly special--and we think you will, too.
True to their name, single origin coffees consist of beans sourced from a farm or community in one, specific region. Seasonal selections from around the world, our line of single origin coffees focuses on the highest quality product from coffee producers who take their work as seriously as we do.
Handcrafted from exceptional single origin coffees, our signature blends are carefully developed in our Hudson Valley roastery to please drinkers day after day, year round.
Offering exceptional flavor to coffee lovers who prefer to go without the caffeine, our Decaf selections stay true to taste with carefully blended, naturally water-processed decaffeinated coffees.
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