Ok all you caffeine lovers here's the deal on the Kona coffee I got on Wednesday. lets start with GREAT!
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My brother-in-law lives in Truckee Ca near Donner pass (another story). Anyway next to him is a smaller cabin. One morning we were having coffee and he told me he got the coffee from his neighbor how lives in Hawaii and owns a coffee farm! This was like 5 years ago we had this conversation. So when I decided to try and get some REAL Kona coffee not that Kona "Blend" junk this all came back to me. Long story short.... emailed brother-in-law who answered with info on this guys farm.
Here it is:
Jonathan & Nancy here at Makahiki Farms have some GREAT coffee. And for those of you who like to roast your own you can also get green coffee from them too. I personaly bought their sample pack of the 3 types of coffee beans they sell all 100% Kona. This pack came with:
1/2 pound of their "Extra Fancy" which is their best sorted bean the larger nice bean.
1/2 pound of their "Estate" which is a mixture of the extra fancy and other smaller beans
1/2 pound of the "Peaberry" which is when a single bean comes from the coffee cherry and is like only 4% of a crop.
So far I have been drinking the Extra Fancy only as I don't want to crack the seal on the other bags until I'm ready to start brewing it. This coffee is realy something different. I had never had 100% Kona before and there is NO bitterness to the coffee.
I have been emailing back and forth with Jonathan and Nancy at the Makahiki Farm and sure are nice. I learned a lot about Kona from their website. Their coffee is also stamped by the Kona Coffee Council that regulates an insures the quality of 100% Kona coffee. I learned a lot there too http://www.kona-coffee-council.com/
I was having so much fun I even Google Earthed their coffee farm near Captain
Oh, and I bought a shirt too for the heck of it because their label is realy nice looking!
Yesterday I saw our local coffee roaster at a farmers market and I brought her some of the coffee beans I got. She seemed impressed with the coffee and I think she is going to order some green coffee from them too. One of the guys she works with that was there actualy took a bean and chewed it up.... Something I have yet to try myself!
I have been using my regular drip pot and also my new Aeropress and I'm starting to go tward the Aeropress as I can control the strength better.
Anyway check them out I thought I would pass this on and any of you home roasters or people looking to try something different could look into it.
By the way they will roast it to your roast type preference too. The roast they typicaly send out is fairly dark so if you like a lighter roast consider that. The green coffee bean prices are not on their website but Nancy told me they are per pound:
Extra Fancy $15.00