Hawaii Kona Maragogype Natural Aloha Hills Farm
About Kona Hawaii
It is the only American grown coffee, but coffee connoisseurs also recognize 100% Kona Coffee as not “just” coffee. Kona Coffee has a Story to tell, grown under the afternoon clouds shading the coffee trees on the slopes of the Hualalai and Mauna Loa volcanically active Mountains; this unique environment brings to Kona coffee a unique flavor profile, an unmatchable sweetness, and delicate floral. After Kona's dry winters, the rain comes and turns the coffee trees into beautiful flowering bushes with invading jasmine scent …when autumn comes, the cherries that replaced the flowers are mature, and harvest begins. Only coffee grown in Kona's North and South districts on the Big Island of Hawaii can be called Kona Coffee.
What is special about this lot?
This lot is the Arabica varietal Maragogype!!! A Mutant of the Typica variety that produces the largest beans of any Coffee variety. Maragogype is very uncommon in most countries now due to its low productivity, but the cup is fantastic.
Aloha Hills Farm
Only a handful of farms in Hawaii are growing this variety, and most only with a few trees. Aloha Hills is one of the few that cultivates it. More than 10 years ago, they accidentally planted a couple of acres of this coffee, thinking the seed they had was typical. Unfortunately, the mistake of the planted variety wasn't realized until the trees matured. They showed the coffee to Miguel Meza, a world expert in the area, a decade ago. He was impressed by the quality and encouraged them to keep the field and harvest it separately rather than replant it with Typica.
This lot is actually a Peaberry! A natural mutation in which a single bean grows on its own inside the coffee cherry, rather than with a twin. They lack the familiar flat side that normal beans have since nothing is there to limit their growth. They’re also more common than you might think. Anywhere from 5% to 10% of coffee cherries contain a peaberry, sometimes more! Coffee labeled “peaberry” means that the peaberries have been selected to make a peaberry lot during the sorting process.