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[–] KanakaHaole 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Hijacking your thread to expand a bit on Hawaiian coffee since I live here. I can say for certainty that regional differences make a huge difference. Kona coffee is located to a specific region of the Big Island (B.I.) of Hawaii and between certain elevations. To be completely honest, it's okay. It has that characteristic taste too it, but it's much too acidic for my taste.

The reason that there are geographical limitations placed on Kona Coffee is because the B.I. has 9 distinct climates. Now, most of this island is Ag land, so coffee orchards can be found all over. For example, Ka'u is the southernmost point of the B.I. and tends to be more of a dessert, Ka'u coffee is much less acidic, more earthy, and my favorite. Then there is also Hamakua coffee, located on the EastNorthEastern slopes of the island, they have plenty of soil from the old sugar cane days, many people that I've talked to here about coffee much prefer Hamakua coffee over Kona, I enjoy it, but I still prefer Ka'u.

There are also mixed blends of just coffee gathered from wherever and mixed all together, basically making it a state-wide region coffee. Lion coffee is an amazing example of this. I say amazing because it is my second favorite coffee. It's mass produced, so it's a bit cheaper than the small-production, local farming, region-specific coffee's like Kona, Ka'u, and Hamakua--but careful thought was put into mixing the beans to produce an exceptional end result. My go-to, best-bang for buck, is Lion Gold, a light roast. Their other roasts are also exceptional, but I like light roasts.

IF, however, you're dead-set on buying specifically Kona coffee, keep in mind that, by law, if it is advertised as a "Kona Coffee Blend" then it only needs to contain 10% of Kona coffee. But seriously give the other regions a try. Most islanders agree that Kona coffee (although admittedly good stuff) is far over-priced and mostly a sales gimmick these days.

Aloha

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[–] PraiseIPU 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

goddam Kona is the best.

fuck that "kona blend" bullshit

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[–] philomath [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Little late in responding here, but yeah....avoiding anything with blend is the way to go - coffee, scotch, etc.

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[–] philomath [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I thought the shit coffee was was from a rodent rather than a cat. Regardless, I wasn't impressed.

I think what I need to do is tape the region to the jar I keep the beans in. That way I remember to pay a bit more attention to the nuances.

I've been getting small batch single origin from stunptown and cafe vita, and the coffee is always really good. It's just a matter of paying attention and developing the palate. Peruvian is one I haven't tried - I will keep my eyes peeled.

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[–] tippyc 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

In general, i'm a fan of south american coffees. They have a nice bright, almost fruity taste.

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[–] SquarebobSpongebutt 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I am thinking of getting some Blue Mountain to drink when I want to actually take time with my coffee as opposed to just the "wake up" Colombian stuff we usually drink.

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[–] CobraStallone 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I'm Mexican, so cheap, handy, Mexican coffee for me. Veracruz or Oaxaca.