The beginnings of fall bring a endless list of things that we anticipate all year. We break out our warmer clothes, we enjoy cooler days, and we take in breathtaking scenery- all truly dear and delightful things. Here at Carabello Coffee we would add receiving the first of our fresh crop Nicaraguan coffees to the list.
This year, fall has come early-- as the coffees have officially arrived in the states! This is the first year we have purchased enough coffees to have a container (think giant freight container) all to ourselves that could be moved more quickly than Nicaraguan coffees normally move for us. We couldn’t be happier.
This year, we were able to get a cupping session with Luis that was filled with stunning coffees. This man truly pulls out the stops. This past season he has experimented and implemented some improvements to his already exceptional processing methods, along with some cutting edge plant care that has been developed with Luis’ son, Luis junior, who is enrolled in an agronomy program in Managua. Luis was very excited to see our reactions to the coffees, and he continually floored us with the depth of knowledge and care he pours into his coffees. The coffees were even better, and we could hardly believe it. He was visually even more pleased with his son’s growing interests in his farms. I had a chance to have several conversations with Luis Junior, who told me that he spends half of his days every week hanging out on the farms. He tries to learn all the ins and outs of the operation, and when he sees an opportunity, his father happily allows the implementation of his newfound agronomical skills.
We had the wonderful privilege of throwing a barbeque for some of Luis’ most seasoned farmers and managers to thank them for their hard work this year. We got to tell them stories about what we do with their coffee and how we get to share them with our neighbors- and how much we all love and appreciate their hard work and the coffee it produces. It was wonderful being able to meet and thank the people who make our work possible.
Coming soon is a series of some magnificent micro-lots from Luis Alberto Balladarez, along with a couple from his son-in-law Jamir Garcia and Luis Joaquin Lovo. You won’t want to miss any of them.
Stay tuned, as we hope to crank out posts that cover the details of our trip, and each of the coffees as they come out.