The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
Costa Rica La Minita Tarrazu
|Roaster Location:||Los Angeles, California|
|Coffee Origin:||Tarrazu growing region, central Costa Rica|
|Est. Price:||$19.95/16 oz.|
|Review Date:||May 2010|
Blind Assessment: Soft but crisp aroma: flowers, nut, fresh-cut wood, baking chocolate. In the cup gentle, balanced acidity; smooth, lightly creamy mouthfeel; superb balance. A hint of lush dusk flowers and a sweet, nut-toned cocoa note carries gracefully from cup to finish.
Notes: Specialty coffee pioneer Bill McAlpin's La Minita Estate was in many ways the original estate coffee, a coffee that thirty or so years ago breathtakingly helped raise the bar for green coffee quality and distinction. As this version confirms, it remains a benchmark for purity, balance and classic clarity of cup. Established in 1963, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is a large Los Angeles based roaster and retailer with over 700 locations in twenty countries. Visit
Who Should Drink It: Softly refined version of the great La Minita cup for those who prefer the elegant to the exotic or the muscular.
This review originally appeared in the May, 2010 tasting report: Micro to Macro: Southern California Coffees