Pathmark's Mountain Harvest
Hawaiian Kona Blend
|Carteret, New Jersey
|Colombia, Central America, Kona, Hawaii
Apparently the blender who created this faux Kona aimed at a richly sweet, winy, roundly fruit-toned cup. He or she largely succeeded, though the success is marred by very mild but flavor-flattening mildew tones.
Sold whole bean in bulk; $7.99/pound. Kona blends like this one, designed to capitalize on consumers' infatuation with the Kona name, typically contain very little actual Kona coffee, and usually a low grade at that. The quality of such blends reflects much more on the skill of the blender than on anything the Kona component brings to the blend. Mountain Harvest is roasted for Pathmark Stores. Visit
Who Should Drink It
Put on the aloha shirt if you like, but the typical fine Kona is more delicate, floral and clean than this robustly fruity and mildly musty cup.
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This review originally appeared in the June, 2003 tasting report: Pursuing Quality at the Supermarket