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100% Ka’u Dark Roast by Rusty’s Hawaiian

100% Ka’u Dark Roast by Rusty’s Hawaiian

Roast Rating: 4 stars


Ka'u Dark roasted by Rusty's Hawaiian is Fruity - Smoky - Rich

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100% Ka'u Dark Roast

Origin: USA - Hawaii   Process: Washed

Roaster: Rusty's Hawaiian

Cupping Evaluation

Cupping Details

Rich in its aroma we get cooked blackberry and caramel with the slightest hint of smoke. The body is full and velvety with a hint of dryness. The acidity is varied with notes of cherry, mixed berries and juicy stonefruits complemented by notes of maple, molasses and dark malts. Baker's chocolate comes in the complexity, alongside fruit skin tannins, nuts and cacao. The finish has malts and cocoa with a little hint of green peppers.
  • Aroma: 1.5 / 2
  • Body: 2.5 / 3
  • Aftertaste: 4 / 5
  • Acidity: 4 / 5 [x 2]
  • Sweetness: 4 / 5 [x 2]
  • Bitterness: 4 / [x 2]
  • Drinkability: 7.5 / 10
  • Total: 39.5 / 50

Brewing Evaluation

Brewing Details

Fruity and smoky, the first whiffs of this coffee are a bit intense. The body is juicy, full and really pleasant. The juiciness flows into the acidity of the coffee, which comes across as fruity berries and citrus tones. Balancing into it is a straightforward sweetness of dark caramel, rounded out with smoky chocolate and baking spices. The aftertaste lingers pleasantly with sweet earth and tannins, finishing with hints of dry cocoa. Overall we found this brew to be- Rich - Smoky - Fruity
  • Aroma: 1.5 / 2
  • Body: 3 / 3
  • Aftertaste: 4 / 5
  • Acidity: 4 / 5 [x 2]
  • Sweetness: 4 / 5 [x 2]
  • Bitterness: 3.5 / 5 [x 2]
  • Drinkability: 8 / 10
  • Total: 39.5 / 50

Overall Points: 79

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Roaster Profile

Rusty's Hawaiian Coffee

Rusty Obra had a big dream: Turn the Ka‘u District of the Big Island into a celebrated coffee region. After Rusty’s death, his wife, Lorie Obra, devoted their farm, mill and roastery to artisanal quality. Rusty’s Hawaiian has won honors for producing and roasting coffee — and now showcases exceptional beans from multiple Hawaiian regions. Lorie Obra is one of ten worldwide winners of the 2012 Roasters Guild Coffees of the Year Competition. She is also the Grand Champion of the Hawaii Coffee Association’s 2011 and 2010 statewide cupping competitions and received the Speciality Coffee Association of Europe’s 2010 Outstanding Producer award.

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Categories: Coffee Ratings. Origins: USA - Hawaii. Flavors: Baker's Chocolate, Berries, Blackberry, Caramel, Cherry, Chocolate, Cocoa, Dark Caramel, Dry, Fruit Skins, Heavy, Juicy, Low Acid, Maple, Medium Body, Mixed berry, Molasses, Nuts, Sticky, Sweet, and Velvety. Brew Descriptors: Fruity, Rich, and Smoky. Roasters: Rusty's Hawaiian Coffee.

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