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Coffee Cupping Competitions – Real or Random Chance?

There are coffee cupping competitions all over the world ranging from the rigorous to the ridiculous.  Placing well in the competitions has a major effect on coffee farm profitability. However, there are serious questions which should be addressed about all of these competitions. How accurate are the scores?  What criteria are being used? How effective is a judge's palate when she has to taste … [Read more...]

AeroPress – an Ugly Way to Brew Coffee by Karen Paterson

Imagine a romantic dinner followed by a spectacular cup of coffee brewed right at your table. The waiter brings a siphon brewer - how interesting; or a french press - how elegant; or a pour over filter - how special; or an AeroPress - how ???.  There is nothing elegant about an AeroPress. The AeroPress was created by a toy company which may explain its lack of elegance. I have always resisted … [Read more...]

Before You Buy an Automatic Single Serve Coffee Brewer by Karen Paterson

Single serve coffee brewers have eclipsed traditional automatic drip brewers. Instead of an automatic drip coffee brewer, more and more families make coffee using a single serve pod or capsule.  Pod and capsule brewers typically make better tasting coffee than drip coffee brewers but are not as good as french press or manual pour over brewers. In an April 2015 article Ken Davids points out why … [Read more...]

How to Brew Kona Coffee Using a Pour Over Filter by Karen Paterson

Manual pour over coffee brewing is the "new rage." Gourmet coffee shops all over the USA and Canada have converted to "slow bars" where every cup of coffee is individually brewed. This gives the customer the ability to pick the beans they want brewed instead of having to take whatever is in the airpot. The trade off is that instead of a $1.50 cup of coffee, each cup now costs $5.00 and up.   We … [Read more...]

7 Easy Steps to Become a Gourmet Coffee Taster by Karen Paterson

At Hula Daddy Kona Coffee we show our guests how to taste coffee and how to identify the differences between coffees.  Learning to differentiate coffees isn't hard. You don't have to "cup" coffees like the professionals. You can learn that later.  Cupping is easier if you learn the basics of tasting coffee first. 1. Brew two different coffees. For the first time try to get coffees that are … [Read more...]

Lessons Learned Being a Coffee Farmer by Karen Paerson

Being a farmer changes your perspective on so many things.    Rain - I used to hate rainy days. Then four years ago we had a drought that lasted for two years. Since then our annual rainfall has been cut in half. It costs us $4000 a month to irrigate our lower farm. Now, I love rain. I check the weather radar every morning hoping for a storm system.    Going Fast - I used to time myself on the … [Read more...]

How Bees Get Buzzed on the Best Kona Coffee by Karen Paterson

After spring rains our coffee trees have millions of blossoms. Instantly, we have bees in our orchards gathering pollen. We have often wondered why we get so many bees when there are so many other plants they could visit. A recent article in Science magazine answers our question. Coffee flowers have a caffeine content equal to the caffeine in brewed coffee. Caffeine is a memory enhancer for … [Read more...]

Crimes Against Kona Coffee by Karen Paterson

Coffee from the Kona District of Hawaii has a outstanding reputation built on the integrity and hard work of its 600 coffee farmers. However, there are always a few individuals who damage the hard work of others.  The quality and reputation of Kona Coffee is being abused by the "coffee crimes" of a few people. Some of their activities are: 1. Describing Kona Coffee as a Homogeneous … [Read more...]

Are Coffee Roasters Eroding the Pure Kona Coffee Brand? by Karen Paterson

Consumers tend to judge coffee by region rather than by grower. So, for example, a consumer will comment that they like or don't like Jamaican coffee without differentiating that there are some excellent, some average and some poor Jamaican coffees. Oddly, this only happens in the coffee industry. Other gourmet beverages, such as beers and wines, are judged based on the grower or the bottler. Even … [Read more...]

Check the Water Before You Brew Your Coffee!

We get a few calls every year from customers who say that their Hula Daddy Kona Coffee doesn't taste as good at home as it did on our plantation. While we like to think that the ambiance of our plantation adds to the flavor of our coffee, it isn't really true. The difference is not the geography, it is either the brewer or the water. We always start with the water. Ninety-eight percent of a cup … [Read more...]