Farm: Second Alarm Farm, Jim Chestnut and Edna Arakawa
Process: Yeast Fermentation Washed
Region: Puna, Big Island of Hawaii
Variety: Typica, caturra
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2020 harvest 96 Points rated by Coffee Review:
"Blind Assessment: Aromatically tropical, deeply floral, mysteriously complex. Plumeria, amber, passion fruit, Concord grape, dark chocolate in aroma and cup. Deep-toned, sweetly savory structure with winy acidity; decadently plush mouthfeel. The finish goes on and on.
The Bottom Line : A shockingly coherent, wildly various experience of coffee, a delightful roller coaster that hits all the sensory notes."
1st place in the Hawaii Coffee Association annual statewide Cupping Competition, Hawai'i District, 2016.
Top coffee from Coffee Review's December 2016 tasting review.
This farm was 1st place in the Hawaii Coffee Association annual statewide Cupping Competition, Hawai'i District, 2016.
Washed version of this coffee was the top coffee from Coffee Review's December 2016 tasting review.
Grown just outside Volcano Village, roughly 100 miles from Kona in the Puna district, the landscape and weather is vastly different from what most Hawaiian coffee lovers are familiar with in Kona. Volcano Village, atop Kilauea volcano, is roughly 3000 feet above sea level -- twice the altitude of most Kona farms -- surrounded by native 'ohi'a trees, endemic birds, and generally overcast, cool weather. Finding coffee grown this high up Kīlauea volcano is unusual and mostly considered experimental, which is one reason we were excited to meet Jim Chestnut and taste his Kilauea volcano-grown coffee.
Jim and Edna's farm is just 25 miles up the mountain from Paradise's Hawaii roasting facility in Hilo. Their lot consists of just a few dozen Typica and Caturra coffee trees, in addition to teas and tropical fruits. Annual production is tiny. Usually only around 50lb of coffee each year. The coffees from this farm have been 1st place in the Hawaii District 2016, 2017, and 2018, and placed 3rd in the state cupping competition in 2016.
We have been purchasing the entire production of the washed coffee from this farm since 2016.
Most of this years production has gone to members of our Hawaii Island Tour Subscription. We have just a few lb left over to offer now.