Hula Daddy Kona Coffee

Kahiko Holiday Coffee

Location: Holulaloa, Hawaii

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

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $44.95/8 ounces

Review Date: December 2016

Agtron: 52/75

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 8

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Intense, deeply aromatic, richly sweet. Dark chocolate, scorched lemon zest, rose, passion fruit, vanilla in aroma and cup. Engaging, fruit-toned acidity; syrupy mouthfeel. The crisp finish consolidates to a cocoa-toned passion fruit with continued appealing notes of lemon zest.


Produced entirely from trees of the traditional Guatemala Typica variety of Arabica. This sample 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. Processed by the “natural” method, in which the coffee is dried inside the whole fruit, rather than by the more orthodox “washed” method, in which the soft fruit residue is removed before the beans are dried. Available only on the Hula Daddy website through their allocation list. (Orders must be received by December 11.) This coffee tied for the fourth-highest rating in a tasting of holiday coffees for Coffee Review‘s December 2016 tasting report. 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.

The Bottom Line: A classic revival of the original Kona strain of Typica: sweet-tart fruit notes and rich chocolate and florals. Limited availability.

This review originally appeared in the December, 2016 tasting report: Holiday Gift Coffees 2016

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