Latest arrival earlier this month, freshly milled at origin. Extremely limited. Certified USDA organic and the farm is member of the Kona Coffee Council. We have a very limited supply of this coffee as the farm and production are small.
This current year was very difficult for growers in Kona. Our supply of Kona Arianna was cut by two thirds due to coffee borer disease where a beetle enters the coffee cherry and destroys it. Coffee Borer was prevalent in Kona this year, wreaking major damage and pushing prices higher for the remaining coffee. Fortunately we also have a relationship with Kona Purple Mountain which was lucky to have not had this infestation. We buy coffee from both of these top farms. While Arianna has small production, Purple Mountain is considerably smaller. Short story is that we have a tiny allotment of coffee to last us until next season's coffee is available later in the year. We trust you understand.
This coffee has just been milled after resting in parchment since its late harvesting about 2 months ago, exactly the way you want the coffee to be handled. Kona Purple Mountain Estate Selection is from a small, eight acre, organic family farm. This farm goes out of their way to do things the right way, which means they keep to traditional farming and processing techniques. The varietal, Kona Typica, are sun ripened and hand picked only when ready. Wet processing is all done on the farm and the parchment coffee is completely sun dried on wooden platforms.
Because of the very small output this year, which was true throughout Kona, Purple Mountain mixed Extra Fancy, Fancy and No.1 together into an "Estate Selection". It is visually obvious that the majority is the largest Extra Fancy (screen 19) coffee. Overall this an extremely nice lot of coffee, well prepared, deep green, large beans. Though we have offered coffee from Purple Mountain in the past, in our opinion this year's coffee is the best we have had.
Production is very limited. This is 100% pure, authentic Kona coffee from a single farm. We have only a small supply. While we prefer this coffee roasted to a Full City Roast which preserves and develops its bright, acidic nature, those very qualities make it a candidate for darker roasts.
Cup Characteristics: Very juicy and vibrant, full of flavor. Bright and sweet. Well defined, citrusy flavor notes; floral. Firm, structured body. Flavor development throughout the cup.