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Hula Daddy Kona Coffee

Mokka

Location: Holulaloa, Hawaii

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

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $39.95/8 ounces

Review Date: November 2016

Agtron: 54/76

Aroma: 10

Acidity: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 10

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Seductively pungent, richly sweet, tropical. Cognac, almond butter, frankincense, lychee, sandalwood in aroma and cup. Bright, juicy acidity; full, satiny mouthfeel. The crisp finish is richly nut-toned in the short, while tropical fruit notes (lychee) return in the long, along with a pleasing new coconut (the fruit flesh) note.

Notes:

This exceptional coffee was selected as the No. 14 coffee on Coffee Review’s list of the Top 30 Coffees of 2016.  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. Processed by the dry or “natural” method, meaning the beans were dried inside the fruit rather than after the fruit has been removed, as is the case with wet-processed or “washed” coffees. This rare coffee with its tiny beans and striking cup is available only on the Hula Daddy website through their allocation list. 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.

The Bottom Line: A rare coffee from an extraordinary, low-bearing variety that is worth the premium you’ll pay for its originality and intense, intricate aromas and flavors.