Hula Daddy

Hokulele Kona

Location: Holulaloa, Hawaii

Origin: Holualoa, North Kona growing district, “Big Island” of Hawaii

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $39.95/8 ounces

Review Date: December 2015

Agtron: 54/76

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 9

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Sweet, floral-toned pungency. Vanilla, macadamia nut, fresh peach and rose hips in aroma and cup. Vibrant and balanced acidity; silky mouthfeel. The richly drying finish is carried by peach notes in the short and rose hips in the long.


This is an unusual dry-processed or “natural” Kona, meaning the beans were dried inside the fruit rather than after the fruit has been removed, as is the case with the wet-processed or “washed” process more typical for Konas. It also consists entirely of peaberries, a kind of bean that results when the coffee fruit develops only a single, oval bean rather than the usual pair of flat-sided beans. Peaberries produce a somewhat different (often better) cup than normal beans from the same crop, from which they may or may not be separated during grading. Hula Daddy is a boutique coffee producer with farms at the 1,400 and 2,500 foot levels of the Mount Hualalai volcano near the northern end of the Kona growing district, five minutes above the town of Kailua-Kona. Visit www.huladaddy.com or call 888-553-2339 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Anyone interested in a particularly distinguished and distinctive floral-toned experience of the Kona cup.

This review originally appeared in the December, 2015 tasting report: Holiday Coffees 2015

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