Papa Nicholas Coffee

Hawaiian Islands Blend

Location: Batavia, Illinois

Origin: Hawaii

Roast: Medium

Est. Price:

Review Date: July 2005

Agtron: 50/61

Aroma: 7

Acidity: 7

Body: 7

Flavor: 8

Aftertaste: 7

Blind Assessment:

Delicate, rather subdued aroma: milk chocolate, caramel, the sweeter sort of grapefruit. In the cup the caramel leans more decisively toward chocolate, with some delicate, attractive floral top notes. Slight astringency in the finish.


Blends called “Hawaiian” like this one typically are based on coffee from the large coffee farm on the island of Kauai rather than on much more expensive Kona coffee from the “Big Island” of Hawaii. Papa Nicholas is a large specialty coffee roaster with an impressive array of single-origin and blended coffees. Papa Nicholas claims to be the Chicago area’s leading retail packaged gourmet coffee distributor. Visit www.papanicholas.com or call 888-727-2645 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Makes a plausible sensory case for balmy nights and beaches.

This review originally appeared in the July, 2005 tasting report: Watch It, Seattle: Chicago-Area Coffees

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