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Costa Rica Hacienda LaMinita Transparency Report

Costa Rica Hacienda LaMinita

Hacienda LaMinita cements as a primary farm partner for Bear Lake Coffee. 

Since the late 1960’s, Hacienda La Minita has been the foundation of our company. We have exported coffee under the La Minita banner since 1985, becoming one of the initial coffees to be sold as a single estate coffee in the world. Milling operations were added in the early 2000’s and in 2014, the operation was acquired by ITO EN. The farm management team has been in place for over 40 years. The land, buildings and management team are collectively referred to as Hacienda La Minita. La Minita means “the small mine.” Traditionally, local legend has it that pre-Columbian indigenous people came to look for gold on the land that is now the farm.

We have a core of 80 full time employees. This includes managers, farm workers, clerical staff, drivers and maintenance personnel. Full time employees have access to on site housing for themselves and their families on the farm when available for as long as they need it. This core of people is augmented by approximately 150 contracted laborers to perform weed control and over 600 pickers during the harvest.

Pictured above is Harry Odio. Harry is the Senior VP of Farm Operations. Caleb, Head of Coffee and Head Roaster at Bear Lake had the opportunity to visit the farm and spend time with Harry and his team in February of 2023.

For additional information about the farm, please visit the Hacienda LaMinita website.

TASTING NOTES: Caramel, Peanut Butter, Butterscotch, Florals


Origin Costa Rica
Variety Bourbon, Caturra
Process Washed
Farmer / Producer Hacienda La Minita/Harry Odio
Region Los Santos
Sub-region Tarrazu River
Mill Benefecio Rio Tarazzu
Farm Hacienda La Minita
Agricultural Practice Regenerative
Elevation (MASL) 1143-1828
Origin Cup Score NA

Farmer-first Information

We take a farmer-first approach when sourcing our coffee, recognizing that the best coffee often comes from family-owned farms. Our commitment ensures that farmers are fairly compensated for producing the highest quality coffee. Our approach goes beyond coffee; it's about empowering farmers and their families to thrive.

  • Farmer/Producer Relationship Length with BLCC: 1 year
  • Farm Gate (price paid to farmer): $4.99 (per lb)
  • Fairtrade Premium (source: $1.88 (per lb)
  • Percent above Fairtrade Premium: 265%

Facts about Coffee Farms across the world

It's a fact that the world's coffee comes from families, not big corporations. Every bag of coffee that we deliver to you comes directly from these incredible coffee-producing families. Their dedication to their craft and commitment to sustainable practices truly make every sip of our coffee a unique experience. This is the ethos that drives us every single day.

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