Hawaiian Ka'u Typica
Hawaiian Ka'u Typica



REGION: Ka'u District
VARIETAL: Typica "Old Hawaiian"
FARM: Rusty Hawaiian
ALTITUDE: 1500-2000 Ft
FARMER: Lorie Obra
ROAST: Medium Light
NOTES: U.S. Grown, Washed Process


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A Hawaiian coffee bean from the Big Island that delivers. The sweetest Hawaiian coffee with notes of honey and chocolate on the nose with molasses, milk chocolate and hints of almond nuttiness on the tongue. Rich and syrupy body with long aftertaste. Like a great Kona, only sweeter.

Rusty and Lorie Obra started their Hawaiian coffee farm in 1999, they stumbled upon an award-winning coffee region. Of course, they didn't know it at the time. The couple simply wanted to live in the Ka'u District, the southern side of the Big Island known for the Green Sand Beach near Ka Lae (South Point), the Punalu'u Black Sand Beach, and the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Rusty, a retired chemist, arrived first. He took over 12 acres of an old sugarcane farm on the slope of the Mauna Loa volcano and started planting coffee trees. Lorie, a medical technologist, soon sold their New Jersey home and followed him to Hawaii.

The couple quickly expanded their business to become farmers, processors and roasters of coffee. Because of their science background, the two ran their farm like a laboratory. They started testing different processing methods and roasts, looking for ones that would bring out the best flavors in their coffee. Rusty also organized the Ka'u Coffee Growers Cooperative, a group of about 30 Ka'u coffee farmers.

Then Rusty passed away in 2006, leaving Lorie at a crossroads. Could she handle the business with all of its manual labor on her own? Lorie thought about selling the farm, but she couldn't let go of Rusty's dream: to make Ka'u coffee one of the best in the world.

In 2007, Ka'u was vindicated at the Specialty Coffee Association of America's annual conference. Two of Lorie's fellow farmers in the Ka'u Coffee Growers Cooperative won 6th and 9th place in the Roaster's Guild Cupping Pavilion Competition. That same year, Rusty's Hawaiian was one of seven farms that ranked in the SCAA's top 10 Hawaii/Asia/Indonesia regional competition.

The recognition and subsequent awards for Ka'u coffee -- strengthened Lorie's dedication. Lorie currently is president of the Ka'u Coffee Growers Cooperative. She was one of the organizers of the first Ka'u Coffee Festival, held in April 2009. She also continues to refine the processing and roasting methods at Rusty's Hawaiian. She has been recognized by "Coffee Review: The World's Leading Coffee Buying Guide" for her "artisan meticulousness."

Average Customer Review: 3 of 5 Total Reviews: 4 Write a review.

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Hawaiian Ka'u Typica February 14, 2017
Reviewer: Gerardo from Long Beach, CA United States  
This is the second bag of Hawaiian Ka'u Typica coffee that I buy. This batch has no discernible aroma, and the flavor is common. It is difficult to justify the cost.
I was quite impressed with the first bag that I bought. The coffee had an intense chocolate aroma, and the flavor was impressive. This first batch most definitely justified the expense.
It is difficult to recommend this pricey coffee or venture on a third purchase with such variation in quality among batches.

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Disappointed August 27, 2016
Reviewer: Anonymous Person  
I've purchased this coffee in the past, and was impressed by it. However, this time around, the coffee has a burnt taste and no great flavor. Very disappointed! I don't know why it is so expensive. I actually had to add milk and sugar to it, and that is something that I haven't done in years to any Klatch coffee.

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Good, but not for the price. June 6, 2016
Reviewer: Ricardo Cyncynates from Herndon, VA United States  
Perhaps I should not take the notes on the bag too seriously, but I was expecting coffee with moderate to intense sweetness. To the contrary, the V60 and my go-to recipe (28g medium fine (12 on the lido 2) to 420g, 200F 2:30 pour) brought out almonds and garden greens. I insist, it did not taste bad, but my expectations were set quite high, especially after a friend told me that the grower Rusty's Hawaiian was definitely worth trying. I've had some great coffees with you guys, so I trust your roasting. Hence I believe that it was largely the beans themselves that lack even the potential to be sweet.

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Very good June 5, 2016
Reviewer: David Nygren from Santa Barbara, CA United States  
No substitute for my Panama which has been out of season.

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