Three Chairs Specialty Turkish Coffee

Ka’u Typica Natural

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana

Origin: Ka'u growing region, Big Island of Hawai'i

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $32.00/8 ounces

Review Date: May 2019

Agtron: 57/77

Aroma: 9

Acidity/Structure: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Crisply sweet-tart, balanced. Rose hips, almond nougat, orange zest, apricot, cedar in aroma and cup. Sweet-toned structure with gentle, round acidity; velvety-smooth mouthfeel. The finish consolidates to pretty notes of nougat and apricot, with a hint of cedar.


This coffee tied for the third-highest rating in a cupping of Hawai’i-grown coffees for Coffee Review’s May 2019 tasting report. Produced by Rusty’s Hawaiian entirely of the Typica variety of Arabica and processed by the dry-processed or “natural” method, meaning the beans were dried inside the fruit rather than after the fruit has been removed, as is the case with wet-processed or “washed” coffees. Three Chairs Coffee was established in 2014 by Turgay YILDIZLI, the 2013 World Cezve/Ibrik Champion. Three Chairs offers coffees roasted to order for either Turkish or filtered coffee and is on a mission to improve the quality of Turkish coffee and introduce it to the specialty coffee world. The company has partnered with Rusty’s Hawaiian for several years, highlighting Ka’u natural-processed coffees. Visit www.specialtyturkishcoffee.com for more information.

The Bottom Line: The fruit typical of a natural-processed coffee is pleasingly balanced here by deep nougat, citrus zest, and rich aromatic wood notes.

This review originally appeared in the May, 2019 tasting report: Hawai'i: A New Wave of Coffee Innovation

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