Kona Fancy Medium-Dark
|Captain Cook, Hawaii
|Honaunau, South Kona, Hawaii
Delicately rich, with a shimmer of flowers in the aroma, pear deepening toward cherry and chocolate in the cup. Sweet, softly complex finish. The sample I cupped probably was delivered slightly stale from the restaurant; a fresh sample of the same coffee might well merit a higher rating.
Served as Big Island Mill 100% Kona, Medium-Dark Roast, at Alan Wong's in Honolulu, Hawaii. Chef-owner Alan Wong's restaurant and regional Hawaiian cuisine has been consistently voted number one for food and most popular in Honolulu by Zagat Survey readers. According to my restaurant-trotting Coffee Review colleague Ron Walters, Alan Wong's is one of the few distinguished restaurants he has visited that approaches coffee with the same respect and seriousness as restaurants routinely lavish on wine. This Kona is grown by farmer Jon McClure near the town of Honaunau in South Kona. Visit
Who Should Drink It
A Kona to gratify Kona enthusiasts and persuade Kona scoffers.
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This review originally appeared in the April, 2004 tasting report: Coffee from Celebrity Chefs (or their Restaurants)