Rusty's Hawaiian Coffee

Classic Roast

Location: Pahala, Hawaii

Origin: Ka'u growing district, "Big Island" of Hawaii.

Roast: Medium

Est. Price: $19.00/8 ounces

Review Date: August 2014

Agtron: 53/67

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 8

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Sweetly and intensely pungent. Honey, black currant, sweet plum, dark chocolate, night-blooming flowers in aroma and cup. Deeply nuanced, balanced acidity; syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor and sweetness overwhelm a slight drying sensation in the finish.


Ka’u is a newly emerged Hawaii coffee growing district centered thirty miles or so southeast of the famous Kona region. Lorie Obra’s Rusty’s Farm is one of Ka’u’s best-known and most celebrated farms. Lorie meticulously picks, processes and roasts her coffees using traditional methods and artisan attention. Visit www.rustyshawaiian.com or call 808-928-8916 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Elegant and Kenya-like in its intensity and suggestions of pungent berryish fruit and lush flowers.

This review originally appeared in the August, 2014 tasting report: Hawaii 2014: The Classics Rule

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