High Mountain Io Fancy Light Roast
Location: Holualoa, Hawaii
Origin: Holualoa, North Kona growing district, “Big Island” of Hawaii.
Est. Price: $32.95/8 ounces
Review Date: August 2014
Sweetly pungent, quietly complex. Honey, tangerine, dark chocolate, hints of clove and lilac in aroma and cup. Round, backgrounded but vibrant acidity; lightly syrupy, resonant mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates around lingering hints of tangerine and clove in a sweet-toned, balanced finish.
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. Visit www.huladaddy.com or call 888-553-2339 for more information.
Who Should Drink It: Quiet but lively acidity and a wide range of appealing aromatics – honey, citrus, chocolate, hints of spice and flowers – make this an appealing rendition of the classic Kona cup.
This review originally appeared in the August, 2014 tasting report: When the Small Get Big (and the Big Try for Small)