Kona Blend, Special Reserve Light Roast, Whole Bean
|Roaster Location:||Nestlé Beverage Division, Glendale, California|
|Review Date:||March 2002|
Blind Assessment: 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.
Notes: 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.
This review originally appeared in the March, 2002 tasting report: The Robusta Fuss