Equator Coffees & Teas

Ka’u Rusty’s Kenya Style Washed

Location: San Rafael, California

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

Roast: Light

Est. Price: $29.95/8 ounces

Review Date: August 2014

Agtron: 70/85

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 9

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Very sweet throughout; subtle, delicate, lyric. Green grape, flowers (wisteria?), tangerine, roasted cacao nib, raisin in aroma and cup. Crisp, soft, cleanly wine-toned acidity; very light but lively, silky mouthfeel. More sweetness in a floral-and-grape-toned finish.


Ka’u is a newly emerged Hawaii coffee growing district centered thirty miles or so southeast of the famous Kona region; Lorie Obra’s Rusty’s Farm is one of Ka’u’s best-known and most celebrated farms. Lorie meticulously picks and processes her coffees using traditional methods and artisan attention. This coffee was subjected to an experimental final step in processing based on practice in Kenya in which the clean, freshly washed parchment coffee is exposed to an additional 24-hour soak in cold water. Founded in 1995, Equator Coffees & Teas is a women-owned wholesale coffee roasting company with web based retail and two recently-established cafés. Equator focuses on sustainability in coffee sourcing and business practices. Visit www.equatorcoffees.com or call 800-809-7687 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: An exquisitely pure, very light-roasted coffee. Lovers of fine Rieslings and similar fresh, floral-toned white table wines should particularly enjoy this cup.

This review originally appeared in the August, 2014 tasting report: Hawaii 2014: The Classics Rule

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