Hawaii Ka’u Rusty’s Typica Washed
|Roaster Location:||Tainan City, Taiwan|
|Coffee Origin:||Ka'u growing district, "Big Island" of Hawaii.|
|Est. Price:||NT $2500/16 ounces|
|Review Date:||June 2012|
Blind Assessment: Brightly acidy but also very sweet, almost sugary: ripe plum, lily-like flowers, almond in aroma and cup. Acidity is gently rich when the cup is hot; rather dominating as it cools. Smooth, lightly syrupy mouthfeel. The finish is sweet and balanced in taste with distinct floral character, though rather sharply astringent in mouthfeel.
Notes: Ka'u is a newly emerging 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. Typica is an old and classic though not particularly distinctive-tasting variety of Arabica. 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. Bacca Café is a Taiwanese family-owned small café that roasts its own coffee and bakes its own pastries with great respect for the quality and provenance of green coffees and bakery ingredients. Call +886-6-580-2009 for more information.
Who Should Drink It: A classic breakfast cup, sweet but brightly acidy.
This review originally appeared in the June, 2012 tasting report: Coffees of Taiwan