konacoffeefarmer Senior Member Joined: 31 May 2008 Posts: 27 Location: Kealakekua Expertise: Professional
Posted Fri Jan 18, 2013, 8:59pm Subject: Re: hawaiian coffee
With Hawaiian 'blends' you will get mostly foreign coffee mixed with some Hawaiian beans. You can identify this by a low price right away. The name 'Hawaii' is simply used to dupe customers to think that they would get a quality origin product for cheap.
Same with any Kona 'blends': One can't judge from a 90% diluted champagne how the real stuff tastes.
Look out for the 100% Kona Coffee or 100% Ka'u Coffee. Best from one farm. These two regions have one of the worlds best soil & climate for arabica coffee. The island of Maui has also some good farms but check that those beans are handpicked, as they have large mechanized harvested estates as well. Kauai and Molokai island coffee are also mechanically harvested. They have a very different profile and are much lower in price.
As for taste, try a variety of farms. There are some so-so 100% Konas and there are some real superb ones. Expect to pay btw $20-50 per pound.
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