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Costa Rica La Minita Tarrazu RFA


Starting at $8.75 / lb
As low as $7.25 / lb

Not all coffees are created equal. As we know from our Kona experiences, there are differences in the coffee from one parcel to the next - each has its own unique micro-climate. Coffee from the famed La Minita Estate is milled by itself to maintain its integrity, as opposed to being combined with many farms in a co-op situation.

This is a Rainforest Certified coffee. La Minita has brilliant acidity, a medium body, and sweet flavors of orange citrus, caramelized sugar, and fine chocolate. It is impeccably balanced with a long, satisfying finish.

In my opinion, this is the most well-balanced, smoothest cup of coffee available for less than $15.00/lb!

Try before you stock up with a 1/2 pound sample!

Coffee Bean Matrix Attributes

  • CountryCosta Rica
  • Organic CertificationNo
  • Fair Trade CertifiedNo
  • Rainforest Alliance CertifiedYes
  • DecaffeinatedNo
  • Brightness:5
  • Body:4
  • Aroma:6
  • Complexity:5
  • Balance:6
  • Sweetness:5
  • Spicy:-
  • Chocolaty:heavy bean
  • Nutty:-
  • Buttery:-
  • Fruity:heavy bean
  • Flowery:-
  • Winey:-
  • Earthy:heavy bean

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by on May 20, 2010

This was recommended by Mary Hunt of the Everyday Cheapskate fame. When I first got into roasting my own coffee beans, I bought this variety, and it is the *only* bean I now roast. We go thru about 50 lbs a year. I can't stand to even drink any other type of coffee now. The thing I like best about the La Miniata is that it does not leave an aftertaste in your mouth like so many of the commercial brands.

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by on October 7, 2010

I took a chance on this coffee by reading the reviews and taking your recommendations. I was blown away. I roast to a full city with a darker bean just starting to shine and, I gotta tell you, this coffee is just delicious. I sometimes think it was cut with hot chocolate, it is sweet, chocolaty, and just a superb coffee. I recommend it to anyone.

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by on April 16, 2018

Beautiful body, not creamy and not watery, but closer to the former. Balanced acidity and bitterness. I can reciprocate the fruitiness that is advertised, more specifically a somewhat lemon nuance finish. Very clean. In a French press you’ll taste all the flavors advertised. The earthy, the fruitiness, and notes of chocolate. Excellent quality not many “lemons.” I didn’t need to toss to many, if any, beans.

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by on August 18, 2006

I LOVE Costa Rican coffee! This is by far the smoothest I have had. I tend to mix roast levels to bring out the different nuances each roast level provides. This gives me the lighter fruity tones and sweetness along with the full body and nutty tones, then the incredible rich chocolate tones of the darker roasts. My way to descibe it is DELICIOUS! One of my 2 favorite Costa Ricans. Michael

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by on October 28, 2016

I have been buying this for many years after I first bought it from another large green coffee seller online. They were so pompous as to remove it so that they have an ever-changing menu, so I was very lucky to find it here. I want the same good cup each time and this gives it to you. I got tired of buying from SM's as so many were lushly described, but did not live up to their hype. So happy I can just buy the best here, and have been for a few years now. It is a very well-balanced cup, super clean and delicious. You could serve this to ANYONE and they would love it!

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by on January 2, 2019

Behind the Ugandan Bugisu, this is by far, my 2nd favorite bean! I roast past 2nd crack till the beans are dark and oily. It is smooth, sweet, chocolaty, balanced, complex flavors and body that lets your palate know you have enjoyed an exceptional coffee! Many other coffees promise that flavorful experience, but so few can deliver.

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by on November 30, 2007

As a fan of the rich, bold, full bodied Indonesian and African coffees, I decided to try this one specifically because it was described as smooth and balanced. I gave it a full roast and found it to be exceptionally smooth and light . It's a great coffee for mornings, for evenings, and for guests and entertaining. No one could dislike it. Its flavorful enough for bold coffee lovers and smooth/light enough for Kona/Jamaican coffee lovers too. A real winner. For me it served as a really nice variation in my morning coffee ritual. Some mornings I wanted BIG and BOLD so I ground my Indo/African roasts, other mornings I wanted SMOOTH and LIGHT and CR LaMinta surely hit the spot. I even found I could enjoy it in the evenings with a desert. I'll definitely order again. Maddie

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by on January 12, 2007

Just now brewed cup of this Costa Rican Very pleasant full bodied. I think I need to buy more of this....Dave

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by on July 13, 2019

Since our cruise to Costa Rica over 20 yrs ago.... we roast only Costa Rica La Minita Tarrazu RFA..!! Awesome..!!

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by on July 1, 2019

Very easy to roast. I do a medium roast (first hint of second crack) and the result is a complex blend of earthy flavors with hints of chocolate. One of the smoothest coffees I've ever had.

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by on June 17, 2019

This coffee ☕️ came highly recommended to me by the Coffee Bean Corral as one of their most popular ordered, I now understand why. It is one of Central American coffees I had never tasted before. Now it one we frequently order. My eife and I love variety and roast enough coffee to keep us supplied for at least a week. If I ask my wife which coffee she would like me to brew and this is one of the fresh roasts I have on hand at the time, she will just say, “Costa Rica for me please!” 😀

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by on June 12, 2019

This is a great Costa Rican coffee. Very smooth and well balanced. I roasted to City+ and was surprised at the sweet chocolate notes at that level of roast. Very well balanced.

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by on June 12, 2019

Rich and bold nice morning coffee

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by on June 5, 2019

Very nice flavor. Very chocolatey and smooth. I roasted a dark roast and I love it

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by on May 28, 2019

Our favorite coffee. Rich smooth flavor.

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by on May 27, 2019

A great coffee. One of my favorites.

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by on May 11, 2019

This is my favorite go-to coffe. Smooth and very mellow

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by on April 9, 2019

I received this coffee by mistake and what a pleasant surprise! Don't know which one I prefer...this one or La magnolia. But both by far are the best 2 flavors I have ever tried, besides Dominican and Haitian coffees. Costa Rican coffee flavors are really out of this world. I roast both dark for a full buzz! Love it. Starbucks cannot compare!

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by on March 30, 2019

This is a very good choice for a pleasant tasting coffee. I enjoy this treat every morning as I get ready for the day. It will become one of your most enjoyable morning rituals as the flavor is very rewarding and sets a positive tone for the rest of your day. This is my favorite coffee!

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by on March 14, 2019

This coffee is phenomenal! Many coffee beans are a challenge to roast with consistency. Not this one. Always rich with complex flavors. Blooms beautifully. We roast @ 435deg F for 15 minutes (preheated machine) using the Gene Cafe roaster. We ordered 10lbs and are planning to re-order.

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by on February 20, 2019

I love this coffee it is easy to roast and always brews smooth. My coworkers love it and look forward to me brining in a fresh pot.

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by on February 15, 2019

I use the cowboy method of roasting with a Dutch oven and a high output propane stove and get excellent results. I'm definitely not a coffee snob, but imho makes a wonderful tasting cup of joe. Highly recommend.

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by on January 30, 2019

While very clean, the lighter roast of my sample was a little too bright for my personal tastes. Some comments mention this bean coming to life on darker roast - wish I had another pound to try that.

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by on November 7, 2018

I first tried this coffee over a decade ago and kept waiting for the place I bought it from to carry it again. They never did. So, shame on me for waiting so long to look elsewhere. The fact that I could still remember the name of it after 10+ years tells you I was impressed. This coffee is of a refined pedigree and is superior to many reknown coffees costing three to five times as much. Smooth with an aftertaste that satisfies and a smooth mellow focused buzz that is non-jittery.

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by on August 25, 2018

Great coffee sweet acidity and chocolate notes in a light roast.

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by on July 18, 2018

Best Costa Rican coffee out there. Very smooth and light. No bitter aftertaste. Recommended by many other coffee roasters so I had to try it and glad I did. We were in Costa Rica a while back and the coffee there wasn’t very impressive but this is delicious. Give it a try and I’m sure you’ll buy more. I know we surely have. Love it!

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by on June 25, 2018

I prefer East African coffee, especially Yergacheffe. But this particular Tarrazu is simply amazing. It is not merely good... It is special!

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by on May 17, 2018

This is the first time I am really impressed by beans from Costa Rica, very smooth and tasty.

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by on May 7, 2019

I use to own a specialty coffee roaster back in the 80'. I was one of the first roasters to roast La Minita coffee. It's been awhile since I last saw this coffee. So when I had a chance to have it again I jumped on it. It's one of my all time favorites. Will be back for more.

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by on October 20, 2018

Only roasted twice so 5 stars wouldn’t be fair, will update later.

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by on January 23, 2008

I love it. One of the best ever!

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by on July 12, 2007

My wife and I like this coffee mixed 50/50 with Brazilian and roasted to second crack. This gave us the subtle flavors of the Costa Rican with a little of the punch of the Brazilian. The first time I roasted the CR I did not roast it long enough and was disappointed. 2nd crack is just about perfect.

Home Coffee Roasting can be so rewarding, and fun, even moreso for those who enjoy experimenting. So many choices, so many variables; it makes my heart glad when someone discovers their "perfect" coffee...or blend.

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by on February 15, 2010

It may be a bit premature to give it five stars considering I've just begun to roast my own coffee and only tried a handful of varieties. However, I must say this Costa Rican flavor has me putting all of the rest up next to it only to find they just don't stack up. I made the mistake of purchasing several pounds of a Columbian at a great price and now I'm looking forward to the day when it is all gone so I can order some more of the this Costa Rican Tarrazu. Great coffee! ~Matt

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by on September 21, 2018

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