Hula Daddy

Laura’s Reserve SL-28

Location: Holulaloa, Hawaii

Origin: Holualoa, North Kona growing district, “Big Island” of Hawaii

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $44.95/8 ounces

Review Date: October 2016

Agtron: 56/82

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 10

Aftertaste: 9

Blind Assessment:

Lush, sweetly savory, deeply floral. Black currant, hops, coriander, kola syrup, violet in aroma and cup. Juicy, round acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. The flavor-saturated finish consolidates around fruit and floral tones in the short, modulating to crisp, resonant notes of hops and kola in the long.


This outstanding coffee was selected as the No. 3 coffee on Coffee Review’s list of the Top 30 Coffees of 2016. 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 entirely from trees of the distinguished SL-28 variety of Arabica, one of the two Bourbon-derived tree varieties responsible for Kenya’s finest coffees. This SL-28 was grown at the higher elevation Hula Daddy farm. It is a limited edition coffee only available for sale through the allocation list on the Hula Daddy website. Visit www.huladaddy.com or call 888-553-2339 for more information.

The Bottom Line: A stellar representation of the much-admired SL-28 coffee variety—crisp yet lush, powerful—and one of our highest-rated coffees this year.

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