Coffee Review - Maui Mokka Peaberry by Rusty's Hawaiian Coffee
  • Rusty's Hawaiian Coffee

    Pahala, Hawaii
  • Maui Mokka Peaberry

Roast: Medium-Dark Review Date: June 2012
Origin: Kaanapali district, near Lahaina, West Maui, Hawaii Price: $24.00/8 ounces

Blind Assessment: Striking, original profile. Rich, rose-like flowers, blackberry, candied citrus, dark chocolate in aroma and cup. Soft, finely balanced acidity; very smooth, silky mouthfeel. Flavor saturates a crisply sweet, resonant finish.

Notes: Mokka (also spelled Moka and Mocca) is a famous variety of Arabica that reached Kaanapali, Hawaii from Brazil. It almost certainly must have originated in Yemen, however, where varieties identical in bean appearance and cup are known as Ismaili as well as by other local names. This sample consists entirely of peaberries, a kind of bean that results when the coffee fruit develops only a single, oval bean rather than the usual pair of flat-sided beans. Peaberries produce a somewhat different (often better) cup than normal beans from the same crop, from which they may or may not be separated during grading. This coffee was selected by Miguel Meza and Lorie Obra for her Rusty’s Hawaiian brand. Visit or call 808-928-8916 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Aficionados interested in sampling a particularly pure version of the famous Mocca profile. Anyone willing to pay more for an exciting, original yet elegantly balanced coffee.


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