Costa Rica Tarrazu Hacienda La Minita

We were very excited to evaluate this coffee for our Costa Rica Tarrazu Coffee Review. We had heard great things about Hacienda La Minita and it was also our first experience with Martinez Fine Coffees.

The online shopping experience was uneventful. We ordered the medium roast and our coffee arrived in about a week.

The smell when we first opened the resealable foil bag was divine.

We went on to brew the coffee utilizing two different methods.

  1. Using a drip coffee maker by Ninja.
  2. Using a coffee press.

As usual, the coffee press brewed the best tasting coffee. The Ninja Drip coffee maker was good, but it is hard to go back after tasting the coffee brewed in the press.

Before we get into the full Costa Rica Tarrazu Coffee review, let's talk a little about where this coffee comes from.

Costa Rican Coffee

Costa Rican coffee farms are usually very small farms that are  tended by owners who live and work on their land. This ownership is what has caused the high quality of coffee produced in the region.

While there are large mills in the area, you can still find very high quality coffee by seeking out estate coffees.

This Costa Rica Tarrazu from the Hacienda La Minita Estate is grown on the steep hillside overlooking the Tarrazu River, known for its rich volcanic soil, perfect climate and ideal amount of rainfall.

Costa Rica Tarrazu Coffee Review Hacienda La Minita Estate

Coffee Origin - Tarrazu Region of Costa Rica

Estate - Hacienda La Minita

Roast Level - Medium

Est. Price - $19.95/Lb

Aroma -  8

Flavor -  7

Acidity -  7

Body -  6

Aftertaste -  7

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Tasting Notes: We enjoyed the light, balanced taste of the Costa Rica Tarrazu from Hacienda La Minita, but we prefer a slightly bolder taste. It is a very balanced, smooth and mild cup of coffee for those that prefer this.

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Coffee for Wellness Review – Phil Mickelson

Coffee For Wellness

There is a lot of buzz around this coffee that was developed by professional golfer Phil Mickelson in conjunction with world class performance coach Dave Philips. So we decided to buy some and publish a Coffee for Wellness Review.

Phil used to be known for his crazy good short game and boyish smile, but now he is known as the rebel that left the PGA Tour for the rival LIV Golf Tour. The move cost Phil his lucrative golf gear contracts, but he was paid millions by Saudis to join the rebel tour.

Phil Mickelson and Dave Phillips set out to create a coffee that could help with performance and also help with functioning at a high level.

They wanted to develop a coffee that not only tasted good, but could also serve as a source of fuel and sustained focus.

What they came up with is now marketed and branded as Coffee for Wellness.

Check out this Coffee for Wellness review video to see Phil Mickelson explain his obsession with coffee.

What is Coffee for Wellness?

Phil Mickelson Coffee

Coffee for Wellness is really 2 parts:

  1.  The first part is the coffee itself. The duo sought out the best purveyors of coffee in the industry and found Westrock Coffee. Westrock ethically sources its coffee from small farms in Africa and South America and then roasts the coffee in a manner which preserves the coffees antioxidants.
  2. The second part of Coffee for Wellness is what they call the "Good Stuff". The Good Stuff is a blend of superfoods known for their ability to reduce fatigue, aid in cognition and sustained energy.

The result of these two parts is what makes up Coffee for Wellness.

What is in the Good Stuff?

The million dollar question is what is in the good stuff that makes it worth a professional athlete using it on a daily basis.

Here's what we know:

There are five main ingredients in the Good Stuff that is mixed into your coffee daily.

  1. L-Theanine - L-Theanine is a very powerful amino acid that is know to help sustain energy when coupled with caffeine. L-Theanine and caffeine were first experienced together in green tea and particularly in matcha, a form of green tea where the tea leaves are ground into a fine powder and mixed with hot water. The result is a sustained period of focus without the jitters or crash associated with caffeine alone. 
  2. MCT Powder - MCT has been shown to boost metabolism and help in the fat burning process. When taken regularly your body learns to burn fat for fuel which helps you to both lose weight and think more clearly.
  3. Collagen peptides - Collagen peptides are one of the building blocks of hair, nails, skin and joints. This supplement has also been shown to reduce inflammation.
  4. Ceylon Cinnamon - Cinnamon is chock full of antioxidants and has also been shown to boost metabolism, and fight inflammation.
  5.  Himalayan Pink Salt - One of the issues with coffee is that it is very acidic. Himalayan Pink Salt can reduce coffee's acidity and help to maintain a proper ph in the body.

So that is the Good Stuff and what sets Coffee for Wellness apart from regular coffee.

Coffee for Wellness Review of the Taste

We brewed some of the coffee in one of the best coffee makers and performed a tasting both with and without the Good Stuff.

The coffee itself from Westrock Coffee is very good, we liked it a lot. 

We are still not sold on the addition of the Good Stuff as far as taste is concerned.

Being coffee enthusiasts, we really don't like cinnamon in our coffee, however we get the idea and think that it is a good one.

Coffee for Wellness Review - Final Thoughts

In this Coffee for Wellness Review we have taken a very objective look at this product from Phil Mickelson.

If you are looking for an edge, whether it be in sports or in business, then this coffee may be for you.

If you are looking for the best tasting coffee, there are much better options, however they wont have the same antioxidant and amino acid benefits as Coffee for Wellness.

The choice is yours.