|Roaster Location:||Ramsey, Minnesota|
|Coffee Origin:||Ka'u growing district, southwestern corner of the "Big Island" of Hawaii.|
|Review Date:||August 2007|
Blind Assessment: Lush, deep aroma with floral, honey and milk chocolate notes. In the cup gentle but intense acidity, syrupy mouthfeel, and a voluptuous floral and honey character deriving ultimately from the flavor of pure, ripe coffee fruit. Simple but long, honeyed finish.
Notes: Ka'u is a newly emerging Hawaii coffee growing district centered 30 miles or so south of the famous Kona region. This particular coffee, from the 7-acre Will and Grace Tabios farm, recently put a shot across the bow of its celebrated neighbor by placing 6th in the 2007 Specialty Coffee Association of America's Roasters Guild Cupping Pavilion Competition. With fruit removal and drying performed using traditional artisan methods increasingly abandoned by the larger Kona mills, bold beans and a big, sweet, classic cup, this particular Ka'u certainly rivals the best of any Kona I have cupped. (I need to note that I have been consulted on an advisory basis by some players in the emerging Ka'u coffee industry, but have had absolutely nothing to do with this coffee or its success.) Paradise Roasters prides itself on roasting and shipping coffee only after orders are placed, and has become a leading seller of competition-winning and other small-lot, elite coffees. Its metaphoric mission is to bring some paradisiacal warmth from the coffee-growing south to the cool environs of Minnesota. Visit www.paradiseroasters.com or call 763-433-0626 for more information.
Who Should Drink It: A coffee considerably more Kona (sweet, balanced, softly but vibrantly acidy) than most Konas.
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