“Kona Private Reserve” from Hawaiian Queen Coffee
roaster: Hawaiian Queen Coffee; Kailua-Kona, HI
origin: Hawaii; USA
price: $46 (16oz)
This is another Kona Coffee from Hawaiian Queen, who are both the farmer and roaster of this rare coffee. In our last post we highlighted that true 100% Kona Coffees only grow in a certain area of the Big Island of Hawaii. You can visit that post to learn more details on Kona Coffee.
This bag was pure Kona Coffee, not the Kona Peaberry beans we recently tried. It’s still a very rare coffee, that’s in high demand around world. A couple things standout, first the size of the coffee beans, they’re much larger then we typically see. The second was the aroma, which was strong but has such a timeless coffee vibe.
It’s a dark roast even if the bag says medium, it’s dark by most standards and probably too dark for an espresso. As an espresso it was creamy and smooth to start, but finished with a darker more coffee-ish flavor. A unique espresso shot for sure, but not as well suited for espresso compared the Peaberry Kona. Let’s be honest you really buy Kona to be served as a pure coffee and espresso.
Espresso Rating – 86pts.
This is award winning coffee, that is smooth, with a full rich flavor. Again this coffee has dark chocolate flavors a and timeless strong coffee appeal. It’s right at the borderline on acidity with a true french style roast feel. Most people would enjoy this a drip coffee or french press.
Coffee Rating – 89pts.
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About our ratings – For both ratings (espresso & pour over) we’re looking at the flavor profile, along with drink-ability and balance. Reviewing the coffee as the espresso gives us extra insights into the nuanced flavors of the beans.