|Roaster Location:||Holualoa, Hawai’i|
|Coffee Origin:||Holualoa, North Kona growing district, “Big Island” of Hawai’i|
|Est. Price:||$87.50/8 ounces|
|Review Date:||April 2021|
Blind Assessment: Lyrically sweet, luxuriously chocolaty. Chocolate fudge, tamarind, sandalwood, narcissus, a hint of wine barrel in aroma and cup. Sweetly tart structure with vibrant, juicy acidity; plush, creamy mouthfeel. The finish resolves around chocolate fudge and tamarind with undertones of rich sandalwood.
Notes: This exceptional coffee was selected as the No. 5 coffee on Coffee Review’s list of the Top 30 Coffees of 2021. The coffee earned the highest rating in a cupping of coffees from roasters in North American beach and coastal communities for Coffee Review’s April 2021 report. Mocca (also spelled Moka and Mokka) is a rare variety of Arabica that apparently originated in the Reunion Islands as a mutant of the great Bourbon variety. This Mocca was processed by the natural method (dried in the whole fruit). This unusual coffee with its tiny beans and striking cup is available only on the Hula Daddy website through their allocation list. Hula Daddy is a boutique coffee producer with farms at the 1,400- and 2,500-foot levels of the Mount Hualalai volcano near the northern end of the Kona growing district, five minutes above the town of Kailua-Kona. This coffee was produced at the higher elevation Hula Daddy farm. Visit www.huladaddy.com or call 888-553-2339 for more information.
The Bottom Line: A decadent, dessert-like cup from the rare Mocca variety of Arabica with a throughline of tropical fruit and a hint of sweet ferment.
This review originally appeared in the April, 2021 tasting report: Spring Break In a Cup: Finding Great Coffee Roasters In Coastal Communities