Coffee Review - Ka'u Coffee Red Caturra by Rusty's Hawaiian
  • Rusty's Hawaiian Coffee

    Pahala, Hawaii
  • Ka'u Coffee Natural Dried Red Caturra

Roast: Medium Review Date: December 2011
Origin: Ka'u growing district, southwestern corner of the "Big Island" of Hawaii. Price: $24.00/8 ounces

Blind Assessment: Brandy, mint, cocoa and apricot in a quiet but clean dried-in-the-fruit profile. Tart, apple-toned acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Some flavor persists in the simple, savory-sweet finish.

Notes: Ka'u is a newly emerging Hawaii coffee growing district centered thirty miles or so south of the famous Kona region. This is a dried-in-the-fruit or “natural” coffee produced on the farm of Lorie Obra in Ka'u. Red Caturra is a sturdy though usually not distinctive-tasting variety of Arabica. Lorie meticulously picks, processes and roasts her coffees using traditional methods and artisan attention. Visit or call 808-928-8916 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Those who want to sample a quieter, cleaner version of the typically lushly fruity but often fermenty dried-in-the-fruit, “natural”-processed cup.


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