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George Howell La Minita

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Due to early rains the peak of the harvest came in December 2019, a month earlier than usual. La Minita made its reputation over thirty years ago by removing every blemished bean by hand. The cup offers a pure coffee flavor of exceptional clarity and finesse with traces of orange, milk chocolate, and clear maple syrup.

On an east-west axis, bordered by Tarrazu River to the south and the Candelaria river to the north. They converge in the west descending to the Pacific ocean. The two rivers help cool the farm’s slopes at lower altitudes. There are 17 miles of roads on farm to be maintained.

This is a grand cru estate coffee. We've found La Minita to be one of the most consistent, perfectly crafted estate coffees in the world, year after year. Consumers first became acquainted with La Minita in 1988 when George introduced it in The Coffee Connection. It became one of The Coffee Connection’s most in-demand coffees despite being, at that time, one of its most expensive.

La Minita is the applied to the green coffee sorting process. While many farm’s “first” (best quality) constitute 60% or more of their production after milling, La Minita selects slightly over 20%, eliminating all – or as close as you can get to all - defects which might blemish your cup.

La Minita has published a beautiful book, Hacienda La Minita, about the farm. Not only is there a lot of information on how its coffee is produced along with stunning photographs, but also some fascinating presentations by Bill McAlpin to the coffee industry during the 1990’s, some of which were quite prescient and all of which show a truly unique player in the specialty field.

Country: Costa Rica
Region: Tarrazu
Farm: La Minita
Altitude: 4,265 – 5,250 ft.
Varietals: Caturra
Harvest: December 2019
Rainfall: Moderate
Production Method: Washed

Roast degree Light
Сafein free No decaf
Process Washed
Cupping Notes Sweet, Cocoa
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George Howell Coffee

Country:  USA

George Howell Coffee’s mission is to seek out the best coffees on Earth. We buy the finest regional and single farm-sourced coffees for coffee lovers who share in our quest for the ultimate cup!

Our customers come first. We want our customers to take part in the adventure as we explore the rainbow of coffee flavors. We treat our coffees with precision and care, from export to storage to roasting to cup. We are ambassadors for the farmers of fine quality coffees – dedicated to knowledge and its dissemination, accurate execution, caring communication, detailed service and the highest levels of excellence.

Quality coffee farmers are our partners. We form relationships with farmers we trust and deeply respect for their consistent dedication to excellence. We benefit from their hard work, attention to detail, and virtuosity – and pay accordingly, independent of the commodity market. As roasters and brewers, we are interpreters of the symphony composed by farmers interacting with nature. We strive to deliver, without overpowering, all the translucent layers of flavor inherent in great coffees.


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