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Hula Daddy Kona Coffee

Bourbon Peaberry

Location: Holulaloa, Hawaii

Origin: Holualoa, North Kona growing district, “Big Island” of Hawaii

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $49.95/8 ounces

Review Date: May 2017

Agtron: 54/80

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Richly sweet, deeply savory. Lime zest, white peppercorn, milk chocolate, sandalwood, dried coconut in aroma and cup. Lively, lyrical acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. The flavor-saturated finish is laden with all the notes promised by both aroma and flavor, though the lime zest softens to lime blossom as the finish lengthens and turns resonantly floral.

Notes:

Produced from trees of the admired heirloom Bourbon variety of Arabica. This particular 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. Hula Daddy is a boutique coffee producer with farms at the 1,400 and 2,500 foot levels of the Mount Hualalai volcano near the northern end of the Kona growing district, five minutes above the town of Kailua-Kona. This coffee was produced at the higher elevation Hula Daddy farm. This rare coffee is only available on the Hula Daddy website through their allocation list. Visit www.huladaddy.com or call 888-553-2339 for more information.

The Bottom Line: Unusual, pleasing and wide-ranging in aroma and flavor, from chocolate to citrus blossom and savory spice to hints of tropical fruit.