Surf City Coffee
|Roaster Location:||Aptos, California|
|Coffee Origin:||Kona growing district, "Big Island" of Hawaii.|
|Review Date:||April 2006|
Blind Assessment: A contradictory coffee, with sweetly buoyant flowering grass and vanilla notes shimmering above a pungent heaviness in both aroma and cup. The pungent notes hint at semi-sweet chocolate in the aroma but turn rather bitter in the cup, compromising the continuing agreeable floral character.
Notes: Fancy is the second-highest grade of Kona coffee (Extra Fancy is the highest), with the discrimination based mainly on bean size. Surf City Coffee is a small-batch, primarily wholesale roaster located in the lively community around the University of California at Santa Cruz. Visit
Who Should Drink It: Coffee schizophrenics?
This review originally appeared in the April, 2006 tasting report: Hawaiian Coffees 2006: Not This Year