Rusty's Hawaiian Coffee
Ka’u Coffee Natural Dried Red Caturra
|Roaster Location:||Pahala, Hawaii|
|Coffee Origin:||Ka'u growing district, southwestern corner of the "Big Island" of Hawaii.|
|Est. Price:||$24.00/8 ounces|
|Review Date:||December 2011|
Blind Assessment: Brandy, mint, cocoa and apricot in a quiet but clean dried-in-the-fruit profile. Tart, apple-toned acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Some flavor persists in the simple, savory-sweet finish.
Notes: Ka'u is a newly emerging Hawaii coffee growing district centered thirty miles or so south of the famous Kona region. This is a dried-in-the-fruit or “natural” coffee produced on the farm of Lorie Obra in Ka'u. Red Caturra is a sturdy though usually not distinctive-tasting variety of Arabica. Lorie meticulously picks, processes and roasts her coffees using traditional methods and artisan attention. Visit
Who Should Drink It: Those who want to sample a quieter, cleaner version of the typically lushly fruity but often fermenty dried-in-the-fruit, “natural”-processed cup.
This review originally appeared in the December, 2011 tasting report: Single-Variety Coffees: Aficionado Fun