2018 Cup of Excellence Win for Luis Alberto

Cup of Excellence 2018

1st Place Cup of Excellence for Luis Alberto Balladarez Moncada

Hailing from the north of Nicaragua, Luis Alberto is one of the world’s most esteemed coffee producers, and recent first place winner of the 2018 Cup of Excellence awards in Nicaragua.


“Cup of Excellence is the most prestigious competition and award for high quality coffees. The level of scrutiny that Cup of Excellence coffees undergo is unmatched anywhere in the specialty coffee industry. Each year, thousands of coffees are submitted for consideration, with winning coffees sold in global online auctions at premium prices, With the vast majority of auction proceeds going to the farmers.”

- Alliance for Coffee Excellence


Well, the Cup of Excellence sounds like rather a big deal then!














And indeed, Luis Alberto Balladarez Moncada, part of the Bonaverde coffee farmer family, recently scored 91.80 points and was awarded first place with his coffee from Finca La Bendición by the Alliance for Coffee Excellence. That’s first place out of over 40 contestants by the way. If this didn’t already sound like it was enough, Luis was additionally awarded a fifth place with another coffee of his from Finca Un Regalo de Dios. WOW, that guy!








Hans and Luis Alberto in a coffee cupping session way back when


Luis Alberto, led by his passion, has continually developed his plantations and smaller-scale micro lots to become places of outstanding specialty coffee production. Having dedicated a lifetime into the business, Luis is nearly unrivalled in bringing coffee to its absolute finest standard. His passion not only creeps into every detail, in every step, of his coffee’s journey from nursery to dry mill, but he also is a firm believer in sustainable living wages for his staff and community to ensure quality grows from the ground up.

And really, it’s impressive to see him achieve such renown, and yet remain so focused in his quest for perfection. The attention to detail is truly meticulous, down to grading, sorting and separating each crop and origin. The tenacity and love for his craft make it clear as to why he’s one of the best in the business.


If you would like to try some of Luis Alberto’s coffee check out the Bonaverde online shop


This may sound cheesy, but seeing Luis Alberto winning this prize is one of the reasons we started all this. The recognition Farmers like Luis obtain when they receive international praise justifies their continued dedication to quality coffee farming, worth more than commodity, quantity driven industry prices. Not only can you have a superb coffee experience, and taste the effort put into its creation, but you can show your appreciation and support these amazing farmers.


We must say, Luis absolutely knows quality, and continually inspires us.

We are truly grateful to have you doing what you do, Luis!


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