Farm: Miranda Farms, JN Farms
Region: Ka‘ū, Big Island of Hawaii
Variety: Typica, Bourbon, Red Catuai
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Soft and sweet. Dried Apricot, cream and dark chocolate with just a hint of citrus. Exceptionally smooth in the finish.
Ka‘ū is a region on the south side of the Big Island of Hawaii that has steadily become the second largest growing region after Kona just on the other side of the slopes of Mauna Loa. Modern production started in 1996 After the C Brewer Sugar Mill closed. workers for the mill were offered land leases on the former sugar cane lands and encouraged to plant coffee. And handful of people decided to stay and try their hands at coffee farming. 25 years later some of these original Ka‘ū coffee pioneers like Leo Norberte of JN Farms are still at it and the region has expanded from around 200 acres to more than 700 acres of coffee. The region is blessed with ideal conditions for growing coffee. deep soils, plentiful rainfall, and afternoon cloud cover that helps keep the average temperatures around 70F (20C) at elevations of 1500-2400ft
We first became aware of this region in 2007 when Miguel helped judge the Asia/Pacific entries to the SCAA coffee of the year cupping competition. 2 coffees from Ka‘ū went on to place in the top 10 amongst coffees from around the world that year and coffees from the region continued to place in the top 10 annually through 2013, the last year the competition was held.
Inspired by this new region our founder, Miguel moved to Hawaii in 2008 to begin working with growers in the region to better understand the variables involved in producing top quality coffees from the farm level.
Since purchasing our first Ka‘ū coffees 15 years ago we have come to appreciate the sweetness and balance of the regions coffees. At lighter roasts they can display a range or citrus, berry, floral, and tea-like characteristics. The coffees also have the density and acidity to maintain a lot of character even at darker roasts. Developing notes of dried fruit and dark chocolate.