Paradise Roasters

S.O. Espresso Maui Mokka

Location: Ramsey, Minnesota

Origin: Kaanapali district, near Lahaina, West Maui, Hawaii

Roast: Medium-Dark

Est. Price: $19.95/12 ounces

Review Date: August 2012

Agtron: 40/49

Aroma: 9

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

With Milk: 8

Blind Assessment:

Evaluated as espresso. Pungent, opulent, deep. Mango, apricot, dark chocolate, dusk flowers in aroma and small cup. Full, buttery mouthfeel; richly drying, flavor-saturated finish. Dominates two parts milk; requires about four parts to fully round and plump up.


Mokka (also spelled Moka and Mocca) is a famous variety of Arabica that reached Kaanapali, Hawaii from Brazil. It almost certainly must have originated in Yemen, however, where varieties identical in bean appearance and cup are known as Ismaili as well as by other local names. This is a dry-processed or “natural” coffee, meaning the beans were dried inside the fruit rather than after the fruit has been removed, as is the case with wet-processed or “washed” coffees. Paradise Roasters prides itself on roasting and shipping coffee only after orders are placed. Its metaphoric mission is to bring some paradisiacal warmth from the coffee-growing south to the cool environs of Minnesota and beyond. Visit www.paradiseroasters.com or call 763-433-0626 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: A resonant, exotic straight shot. Should handle taller milk drinks well.

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