Rusty's Hawaiian Coffee

Ka’u Coffee Natural Dried

Location: Pahala, Hawaii

Origin: Ka'u growing district, southwestern corner of the "Big Island" of Hawaii.

Roast: Medium

Est. Price: $27.00/8 oz.

Review Date: November 2010

Agtron: 46/67

Aroma: 8

Acidity: 10

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 9

Blind Assessment:

Complex and balanced flavor and aroma: orange-toned citrus, cherry, cedary aromatic wood, a hint of baking spice. The acidity is extraordinary: deep, powerful yet roundly rich and sweet. The mouthfeel is full and syrupy, the finish long and fruit-saturated.


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. Lorie meticulously picks, processes and roasts her coffees using traditional methods and artisan attention. Visit www.rustyshawaiian.com or call 808-928-8916 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Anyone who is quick enough and flush enough to buy a few ounces. This is a coffee that demonstrates the potential both of dried-in-the-fruit coffees and Ka’u coffees.

This review originally appeared in the November, 2010 tasting report: Brandy and Surprises: The New Naturals

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