Kona Blend, Special Reserve Light Roast, Whole Bean
|Nestlé Beverage Division, Glendale, California
Gently and sweetly acidy with crisp, pear-like fruit tones that round toward sweet cocoa in the finish. The cup is shadowed by an underlying astringent bitterness.
Sold whole-bean in a 10-ounce valve pack; 75 cents per ounce. The package tells us that this blend "Contains no less than 10% Kona coffee," a discouraging admission that is true for almost all Kona blends. To its credit, Nestlé prints a "best by" date on the bottom of the package (very rare in the coffee industry). To the supermarket chain Albertson's debit, the sample I picked from the shelf was still available for sale over two months past the Nestlé "best by" date. Visit
Who Should Drink It
A blend with some genuine Kona character, despite the limited amount of actual Kona in the package and the bothersome hint of bitterness.
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This review originally appeared in the March, 2002 tasting report: The Robusta Fuss