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What’s the best Kona coffee?

People ask this question because coffee grown in the Kona region of the big island of Hawaii is so well known.

First, not all Hawaiian coffee is grown in Kona.  On the “Big Island,” coffee grows in other regions, Puna, for example.  Coffee is also grown on the islands of Kauai, Maui, Oahu and Molokai and I’ll bet somebody even has coffee trees on Niihau!

Second, if you give the very same green coffee beans to 3 different roasters, odds are, you’ll get 3 very different coffees.  The beans are really important, but so is the roasting technique.

With nkope, we were after two key things:

  1.  Sometimes even the best smelling and tasting coffee has a “sour” or acidic after taste.  It can linger in your mouth and actually taste bad — especially if it stays on your tongue too long.  That’s why they sell mints at some very famous coffee shops that serve pretty mediocre coffee.  We wanted all the flavor with little to none of that after taste.
  2. We love all Hawaiian coffees.  Some taste like fruit – berries and cherries.  Some has a really deep, earthy taste with chocolate and a hint of cloves.  Some tastes spicy, like cinnamon with a hint of pepper.  Our goal was to bring all those flavors together in a single delicious cup.

We can’t really say what our favorite Kona, Maui, Kauai or Oahu coffee is.  They each have very unique qualities.  They’re event different shapes and sizes!  But put them all together, and you taste something even more spectacular than any individual type.  You get an explosion of flavors with no bitter, sour or acidic after taste — cup after cup.  Enjoy!