Cafe Virtuoso

Hawaiian Kona Pau Hana Estate

Location: San Diego, California

Origin: Kona growing region, “Big Island” of Hawaii.

Roast: Medium

Est. Price: $35.00/8 ounces

Review Date: August 2014

Agtron: 53/65

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 8

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Sweetly and roundly pungent; deep. Dark chocolate, juicy, grape-like fruit, quietly lush flowers, fresh-cut fir in aroma and cup. Round, balanced acidity; lightly syrupy, lively mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a crisp, gently dry, cocoa-toned finish.


Pau Hana Estate is a boutique coffee farm at a relatively high elevation farmed by Carol Weaver since 2006. Under the name Woods Estate, it won three Kona Coffee Cupping Contest trophies, including a first place in 2001. Café Virtuoso is a small-batch coffee roaster that strives to procure, roast and deliver the best quality coffee in San Diego. Visit www.cafevirtuoso.com or call 619-550-1830 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Those who enjoy a quietly distinguished Kona cup: roundly balanced, not too acidy, grapey, chocolaty.

This review originally appeared in the August, 2014 tasting report: Hawaii 2014: The Classics Rule

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