Finca Bella Aurora | Nueva Segovia, NicaraguaBluebeard Coffee Roasters
Flavor Notes: Papaya, cinnamon, dark chocolate & hazelnut.
Farmer: Luis Joaquin Lovo
Region: Dipilto, Nueva Segovia
Process & Variety: Washed Caturra
Altitude: 1400+ masl
The second of our Nueva Segovia de Nicaragua coffee releases from our origin trip alongside Atlas Coffee Roasters in April, Finca Bella Aurora is exactly what we are looking for in a Bluebeard Coffee Roasters coffee. The coffee is clean and approachable but never boring. Graham cracker and cinnamon and citrus overlay a cocoa body, but there’s a tropical element hidden within the cup too, a papaya note. It’s a classic coffee with some mischief, just like the gentleman who owns and manages the farm, Luis Joaquin Lovo.
The Lovo brothers, Luis Joaquin and David, own and manage three contiguous farms in the Dipilto mountain range in northern Nueva Segovia. They are clearly partners in the family business and buen compadres. David freely admits that although he owns Finca La Pradera, adjacent to his brothers’ Bella Aurora and Santa Teresa, Luis Joaquin is the coffee man. David manages the family’s cattle ranch and has dabbled in politics. They see this as smart diversification within the family business. They are a quite a duo.
The thing that sticks out about Finca Bella Aurora and the Lovo coffee farms is how familial it felt on the farms. We met three generations working together, el Abuelo with 50 years on the farm. The smiles, the warm greetings, the meals and community areas surrounding each wet mill, went beyond the usual ‘our workers are our family’ marketing speak. The affinity for one another was plain and clear and easily understood when you spent time on the Lovo farms and with the family, as we were lucky enough to do over successive days.
Not so surprisingly, coffee isn’t a get-rich-quick scheme. Not here where we’re roasting it and particularly not down there at this moment, where political conditions compound issues of market, labor, climate and pestilence. Coffee work reminds me a bit of Tacoma, in a way. You’re not here because it’s where the money at. It’s not glamorous. Its known to smell. And there’s so much work to be done. But it is SO worth fighting to preserve. More than most things.
One other thing about these Lovos. They are rascals. They are funny. There’s a mischievous glint in their eyes. And they are up to something. We loved them immediately. We laughed and ate late into the evening together on their porch at their little rustic ranch in Mozonte. We rode horses and drank rum and coconut water, belly laughed, and we can’t wait to go back. Put that in the cupping notes.
A great coffee from even better people. We are so pleased to offer it to you.
Note: This coffee more than any other sparked our interest in Nicaragua. We carried both Bella Aurora and Santa Teresa several years back and were keen to visit. Thanks again, Drew Billups and Atlas Coffee Importers for hosting.