La Minita is perhaps the best known of all the coffees from the Tarrazu growing
region. It has received considerable press exposure and public acclaim, and now
they are into their twelfth year. This year’s coffee has an extraordinary
taste of a fine milk chocolate truffle, it is as good as any coffee that
Hacienda La Minita has ever produced.
Simply put, this coffee is terrific and thoroughly enjoyable. La Minita prides itself on being amongst the most meticulously grown and prepared
coffees in the world. The La Minita plantation lies on 700 acres in the steeply
graded, mountainous Tarrazu region with elevations between 4,000 to 7,000 feet.
The estate farm produces several qualities of coffee but their signature coffee,
La Minita Tarrazu, has very limited production; approximately 1700 bags per year
. The attention to detail is extreme, beginning with what can be described
as ordinary gardening techniques, but on a large scale, as all the work is done by hand.
Cupping notes: Intense dry aroma, bright acidity, grapefruit, exceptionally clean cup and very well balanced. Full body. Fruitiness turns to smooth vanilla as it cools. Well balanced, Pleasant lingering aftertaste. Elegant.
City to City++. Roast this coffee lighter than normal. If
you roast to the same temperature (assuming you have a bean
temperature probe) as you would for most other bean's typical
temperature, the beans will appear very dark. They really
like to be roasted lightly, which produces the best flavors
and aromatics this coffee has to offer. Roasting a little
darker produces dark chocolaty notes, but the brightness diminishes