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Something of the redheaded stepchild of the coffee industry, Hawaiian coffee has for years been known more for tourism than taste. But that reputation is changing—here to rewrite Hawaiian coffee’s character is a crop of island roasters whose coffees are nuanced, balanced and outright delicious.
Hula Daddy Kona Sweet 100% Kona, $60 for 1 lb.
Wild cherry aromas, wine-like acidity and a rich and creamy mouthfeel make this Kona a worthwhile coffee splurge.
Kauai Coffee Company Mundo Nuvo Peaberry, $22 for 10 oz.
Rich and concentrated with earthy aromas, low acidity and a touch of sweetness.
Kona Earth Peaberry Full City Roast, $18 for 8 oz.
Earthy and full-bodied with balanced acidity and a hint of bitter dark chocolate. Serve this handpicked, sun-dried peaberry after a big meal with chocolaty desserts.
Pele Plantations Brocksen Gate Estate, $36 for 1 lb.
An organic, single-farm Kona with bold acidity, black currant flavors and a lingering honey finish.
Rusty’s Hawaiian 100% Ka’u Coffee Medium Roast, $15 for 8 oz.
Bright acidity combined with citrus and berry fruit flavors make this dry-fermented coffee perfect with breakfast.
For more on the drink culture of Hawaii, check out “Eternal Summer” in the November/December 09 issue.