We tasted over 20 brands of Hawaiian coffee and these are the tastiest.
Best Bold & Strong Flavor Hawaiian Coffee
Mountain Thunder is a popular coffee company on the Big Island that grows coffee on their farm in Kona. This 100% Kona coffee is available as whole bean or ground coffee in either French or Vienna roast. Makes a bold tasting, strong cup of coffee perfect for waking up quick.
Best Smooth & Rich Tasting Hawaiian Coffee
Blue Horse 100% Kona coffee tastes smooth enough to warrant being drunk black. Smooth and rich flavor. From an authentic family farm in Kona with over 120 year old coffee trees. Comes in Medium and Dark roast coffee beans.
Light roasts offer smoother taste, with varying levels of acidity depending on how it was roasted. Light roasts are sweeter and floral without the bitter bite of dark roast.
Dark roasts give off a bolder taste, and some bitterness too. Dark roasts are on the decadent chocolate side of the flavor spectrum compared to the fruitiness of light roast.
Most coffee is roasted in industrial coffee roasting machines, however don't let that stop you from exploring green (unroasted) coffee beans.
You can roast coffee yourself at home with a simply frying pan. Be aware that it will make the room smoky.
While roasting coffee you notice the moisture come out of the bean as a loud "crack". It sounds like popping popcorn as the cells of the beans are rupturing. These cracks are considered guidelines for coffee roasting.
The longer the bean is roasted, the more undesireable bitter tanic acid compounds get removed from the coffee. A good balanced roast for most coffee drinkers tastes not too sweet yet not too bitter. With a longer roast also comes more sugar caramelization.
One would assume that caramelized sugars would increase the sweetness of coffee, but interestingly enough the opposite of this is true. Uncaramelized sugars are actually sweeter which is why some coffee drinkers prefer a sweet light roast, while others prefer the sensations of a bold dark roast.
There's roughly 25 major species of coffee within the Coffea Genus. Of these 25 species, Coffee arabica (Aribica) is grown most, prized for it's great flavor spectrum and low bitterness.
Aribica and canaphora (Robusta) make up the majority of the world's coffee production:
Makes up 27% of the world's coffee consumption
Coffee canephora, endemic to Western and Central Africa is commonly referred to as Robusta. This high caffine content coffee is cheaper to produce and has a less desirable taste profile.
Makes up 70% of the world's coffee consumption
Coffee arabica is the "coffee shrub of Arabia" endemic to the regions of Yemen and Ethiopia and is thought to be the first species of coffee cultivated. This highly valued coffee is renowned for it's low bitterness and smooth taste.
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Hi there, my name is Jared Cox. I have a small coffee farm on the Hamakua Coast of the Big Island, Hawaii. In the off-season I travel throughout Asia and drink plenty of coffee to keep me going.
Jared Cox, Coffee Enthusiast