Costa Rica La Magnolia Tres Rios


Starting at $6.50 / lb
As low as $5.00 / lb
raw green bean Green coffee is raw Roast prior to consumption

New Crop La Magnolia arriving in our warehouse on Wednesday 3/11 !!

Love La Magnolia? Try the new La Gladiola from Hacienda La Minita!

What a fitting name for this wonderfully sweet and aromatic coffee! The La Magnolia is one of the finest Tres Rios coffees we've ever offered, brought to you by the same people who bring you the La Minita Terrazu. It has a sparkling, clean, lemon-orange brightness with chocolate and nutty overtones that carry through to the long, complex finish.

The La Magnolia is a beautifully prepped, remarkably well-rounded, exceptionally well-balanced, complex coffee (I'm in danger of running out of superlatives here!). If you're in search of a special Costa Rican coffee (and even if you're not), this may be the one.

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

Coffee Bean Matrix Attributes

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

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by on May 4, 2010

This coffee causes problems for me. I have to be careful serving it to "strangers" because they tend to come back after that, actually asking for a cup of coffee. Seriously, when my sister had need of home health care, I served the nurse a cup of La Magnolia. Instead of visits every other day, my sister was treated to them EVERY day, first thing in the morning, because the nurse liked the coffee so much. It is truly the best I've ever had and I get nothing but complements on it. Edna in SW Florida

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by on November 11, 2009

We tried over 7 samples from Coffee Bean Corral, this was by far the best! Friday, someone brought in Starbucks as a 'treat'. It was no comparison to Tres Rios...I took several sips, then had to go back to my own (which I always bring to work). This is balanced perfectly. Nothing really stands out, it is just perfect. Some coffees you can really taste 'fruit' or 'nut'...ok if you like that, but if you want a coffee that is just perfect..not too much nut, or too much spice, etc..this is it! I have had coffee like this from upscale restaurants, they don't tell you where they got it but call it their 'house blend'....well, now I know the name...Costa Rican Tres Rios La Magnolia.

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by on February 9, 2016

Am I allowed to leave a second review? It's been several years since I left my first review of La Magnolia. Over those years, I've gone through financial woes, serious health issues, emotional problems, a forced move from my home, etc., etc. Because of all this, I stopped roasting my own coffee and existed on what I could afford, although I generally tried to at least get whole bean and grind it daily. Recently I was digging through my storage unit and came across my old green coffee bean container. It's an airtight canister and still had some La Magnolia beans in it. Now, those beans have got to be at least 4 years old, maybe older. However, I located the old roaster and fired up a batch. I didn't expect much out of beans that had been languishing in an un-airconditioned storage unit in SW Florida. However, the aroma reached me first. I could hardly wait the 24 hours' rest that I always try to give my newly roasted beans, but I managed. Barely. As the water seeped through my very cheap Walmart Special coffee maker, the unmistakable aroma of La Magnolia filled my small kitchen. It was like coming home to find an old friend. Still the same fabulous aroma and flavor. I have tried a lot of different coffees, especially since my original supplier dropped this one from their inventory. I found Coffee Bean Corral carried it and I bought it from them for several years. I will be putting in another order for fresh La Magnolia beans next week. There is simply no comparison, no matter how much you pay for those other beans!

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by on May 26, 2018

This has become our staple coffee! Saying that makes it sound "usual", "ordinary", and therefore unremarkable. But what is remarkable is that it is so just plain good that it can become the only coffee you want to drink in the morning! It has everything I love in a morning coffee, period. An appetizing aroma that is entirely consistent with its bright, sunny flavor. A full, satisfying body. A marvelous, lingering aftertaste without a hint of bitterness. And all of these things in a magical balance that persists through the whole temperature range as the cup cools. If you want a coffee that tastes just like, well, coffee, and one of the best you have ever tried, look no further! My Behmor home roaster makes a great light-to-medium roast, and darker not so great. But that happens to be the perfect roast for this coffee. A little past the first cracking(s) and just into the beginnings of the second. It's forgiving if you over roast a little, but just take it easy on this one. I can roast a pound at a time, and I usually do two roasts in a session, which typically gives us roasted beans for a week to 10 days. When we use up a batch, I have one ready to go and then soon roast another to have on hand. And the beans do not diminish in quality over this (what I consider brief) storage time. I simply cannot imagine anyone being disappointed in this incredible coffee!

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by on November 16, 2010

The cleanest and most marvelous cup of coffee you will experience. We found it at a major online green coffee seller and they had it for 2 or 3 years. They then discontinued it even though customers begged them to get it back. I guess they don't care much about their customers, so they lost many! I searched elsewhere and found Coffee Bean Corral who had it AND KEEPS IT in stock!! Thank God! We now buy it here and drink only La Magnolia!!

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by on May 27, 2008

I enjoyed having this coffee in my line-up. It's the kind when that you are saying, "Let's see, what should I roast for tomorrow morning?", it jumps out at you: "I know! I'll roast that citrus/chocolate stuff from Costa Rica." Great in a French Press. Its one of those coffees that gets better the cooler it gets. (Maybe I'll try it iced sometime.) Evan in Lowell, MA

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by on March 30, 2019

I'm pretty new at my roasting hobby, but I also go quite deeply into anything I really enjoy. I based my purchase of this bean upon the reviews read here. I am extremily pleased, and I believe I have found my new every day coffee. I have tried a full city, as well as City ++. Full city gave tones of citrus, caramel, chocolate, and nuts, while being VERY smooth and balanced. City ++ was without the citrus, but stronger tastes of darker caramel, chocolate, and a more roasted nuttiness. I extended time by lower temperatures to 1st and 2nd cracks to develop the sweetness present in the bean. That seemed to be very successful with a 48 hour set up. The sweet spot for me is 12 Grams per 10 oz. mug using French press or drip. This is a coffee that is good anytime you are in the mood. I have not yet tried the LA Minita, which I also have, but will be ordering this regularly from now on. This is a must have for my inventory!!!

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by on February 28, 2019

I was fortunate enough to visit Coffee Bean Corral in person. Everyone there is incredibly welcoming and knowledgeable. It was a very busy Monday, but Peter still offered to personally walk me through a medium roasting of the La Magnolia to send home with me. I purchased a Sette 270 grinder and was able to dial it in for espresso with these beans. It took a few shots before I got my first decent pull (typical with setting up a new grinder), and it tasted great. There was some fruity tartness that was very prominent, and that is to be expected for espresso with many light-medium roasts. Citrus was the prominent taste. It was enjoyable to me and I could have happily stopped there, but I thought a slightly longer pull would balance the shot out well. Sure enough, all it took was a micro-adjustment on the Sette 270 to give the next shot a very different taste profile. It was sweet and chocolatey first, with an underlying fruitiness that made for an amazing shot. Even the aftertaste was pleasant. That is the benefit of having a stepless grinder for espresso. A slight adjusment can really bring out special characteristics in a good roast/bean. The La Magnolia is simply incredible.

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by on December 26, 2015

Read the reviews for this coffee on this site and 2 others. Could not find anyone giving less than 5 stars anywhere. I've tried it and it's as good as advertised. Beautifully balanced, smooth rich coffee. The only problem is that is tastes too good. Hard to stop at less than 3 cups per day. Great by itself, will now be the base of my espresso blends. If someone is home roasting for the first time, this is the one to try. First crack to second crack, you can't go wrong and will be rewarded with an exceptional cup of coffee.

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by on April 25, 2010

This our favorite coffee. Rich flavor and a hint of chocolate.

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by on July 24, 2009

It's good in a french press, but I think even better in a Chemex (but then, isn't everything?) Smooth, flavorful, clean and classic but with enough fruity notes to make it a great morning coffee.

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by on March 21, 2020

Nice and fresh green coffee beans , roasted into 2 nd crack. A great cup of coffee

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by on February 28, 2020

Great flavor, smooth, chocolate undertones. A really cup.

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by on February 18, 2020

Really smooth with strong chocolate notes, low acidity but good brightness. Great coffee

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by on January 24, 2020

This coffee is great! It came so fast. I couldn't believe it only took about 2 days! I am totally pleased with CBC's products and service. I am now a regular customer!

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by on October 22, 2019

Newbie roaster here, I have tried few blends and other beans, so far this tops the list bar none. Very rich and very addictive. The taste is so complex yet very rich and fulfulling, it is my go to when everything else does not cut it.

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by on October 14, 2019

This is my 3rd purchase of these beans, my 2nd 10 lb. order. It is our everyday coffee. Friends and family love it too! I've tried La Minita, and La Gladiola as well. You can't miss with any of them! Slight differences between them, but all VERY GOOD!

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by on August 10, 2019

We really enjoy this Costa Rica , I’ve ordered an additional 20 pounds .

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by on July 10, 2019

Best Costa Rican I’ve had this year

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by on July 10, 2019

Always a pleasure to roast and consume this wonderful coffee!!

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by on June 12, 2019

This coffee is a great value if you're looking for an inexpensive, everyday coffee. Well balanced with a hint of nuttiness and medium sweetness. I roasted to City + and was very satisfied.

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by on May 28, 2019

Really good coffee. Good taste and balance.

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by on March 12, 2019

This is officially on e of our favorites!

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by on January 26, 2019

This coffee is the best! I roast it to a light medium in an aging Behmor drum roaster. In my roaster, a dark roast only starts tasting "burned". But I would never roast this coffee dark anyway. It happens to be just perfect at that light medium. Though I only drink coffee in the morning, this brew has an absolutely non-bitter aftertaste I could pleasantly live with all day. Bright, clear, balanced, with plenty of body, a rich mouth feel, and mild sweetness, no matter how hot, warm, or cold it gets in the cup. I keep coming back to it, and it has become my every day coffee for several years now. I have yet to taste another coffee anywhere that satisfies me the way my La Magnolia Tres Rios does! If there is a perfect coffee, for me, this is it!

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by on January 18, 2019

I use to work for a company that packaged their own coffees for individual use in hotels. I became somewhat of a coffee snob by sampling everything we sold and ended up liking our Kona the best. Kona at $45 per pound is just way too much for me, so I picked this cause it had a similar profile. It did not disappoint! Tasty, smooth and fresh. I have since grown to enjoy more bold coffees, but still smooth, so going to try others from here.

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by on December 28, 2018

I bought this as a gift and they are very excited about it. I don't believe if they have roasted any yet but are looking forward to it. I would give a 5 star, but when it arrived the bag was busted within the shipping package. This could have been a UPS caused problem, but it occurred because the 3 lbs bag was stuffed full. I think this was a good purchase overall and will likely by more in the future.

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by on September 13, 2018

This morning I had a most pleasant coffee “left over” experience blending the Costa Rica Tres Magnolias and Yergaceffe in a 50-50 mixture. The coffee prepared in a pour over brewer produced an opulent mix of dark chocolate, citrus, cardamom and subtle cinnamon flavors and aromas. The resulting blend got my attention so strongly that I roasted a week's worth of beans.

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by on September 6, 2018

It tastes like a sweet dark chocolate.

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by on August 28, 2018

This is the 4th time we have purchased this variety (last two as 10lb bag. All they list as notes or flavors I agree but my simple way of expressing is just Mmmmmmm, best cup of coffee!

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by on August 3, 2018

I was not overly excited about this coffee... I tried roasting it light, med, and dark and it's just not for me. I think the fruit taste is a little overbearing...IMO

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by on June 11, 2018

One word....Amazing! The other coffee from costa rica - La Minita Tarrazu is equally great, but more pricey. Although this one is a big stronger & more complex. Will be buying both again for sure! Definitely recommends this!

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by on April 19, 2018

My first experience with unroasted coffee and surprisingly enough, not a bad experience at all. I chose Cosa Rica La Magnolia Tres Rios because of the description. I chose well. Although it is not quite up to what I am looking for, it is a very tasty coffee. I simply will try to decipher the language of "Coffee" until I find exactly what I like. I would recommend this coffee and Coffee Bean Corral to friends. Overall I am satisfied and will enjoy my continued search.

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by on August 22, 2019

What am I doing wrong? I roasted until second crack started. The results have been a very non-memorable experience. Help!

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by on September 21, 2018

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by on September 24, 2018

I didn't purchase the green coffee beans to roast and drink, rather to make an herbal decoction for venomous snake bites. I have the beans in the tincture medium now and actually hope I never need it, but will use it in the remedy recipe I have in case a poisonous snake and a human or dog get in each other's way! I may actually try roasting some of the beans to enjoy as a morning beverage.

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