Ka’u Classic Dark
|Roaster Location:||Pahala, Hawai'i|
|Coffee Origin:||Ka’u growing region, Big Island of Hawai’i|
|Est. Price:||$19.95/7 ounces|
|Review Date:||April 2022|
Blind Assessment: Crisply chocolaty, floral-toned. Nectarine, brown sugar, wisteria, baking chocolate, fresh-cut oak in aroma and cup. Complex, bittersweet structure with quiet acidity; very full, syrupy-smooth mouthfeel. Baking chocolate and oak notes characterize the long finish, with pretty hints of wisteria underneath.
Notes: This exceptional coffee was selected as the No. 26 coffee on Coffee Review’s list of the Top 30 Coffees of 2022. This 100% Ka’u coffee was developed by Lorie Obra of Rusty’s, one of Ka’u’s best-known and most celebrated farms. Produced from trees of the traditional Typica variety and processed by the washed method (fruit skin and flesh are removed from the beans before they are dried). Visit www.rustyshawaiian.com or call 808-928-8916 for more information.
The Bottom Line: This Ka’u Typica strikes a lovely balance between the depth of a classic dark roast and the levity of a fruit- and floral-driven, medium-roasted Typica cup.
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This review originally appeared in the April, 2022 tasting report: Darker-Roasted Coffees: Not Just Old-School Anymore