I spent the last hour re-categorizing my phone/email contacts on Google Contacts into more specific categories…. #FirstWorldProblems
Clearly one bag of Kona beans is not enough. I give you a 2nd bag of Kona. This time it’s from Volcano Coffee Company. Apparently this “coffee company” is part of a distribution company called “Tastes of Aloha” that provides gift boxes with products from local companies. Regardless, it’s advertised as Kona coffee so it’s worth trying and comparing against the Lion Coffee posted earlier.
Opening the bag, the smells and aromas are very similar to that of the Lion Coffee Kona. I smell this burnt chocolatey aroma that just overpowers everything else. Making my latte, I find the latte to be much smoother aftertaste relative to the Lion. I get much more of a chocolatey, nutty flavor followed by a smooth milk chocolate after taste. Although both are enjoyable, I find myself truly enjoying more of the lattes made with these beans.
I recently came back from a trip to Hawaii. A trip to Hawaii is NEVER complete without at least a bag of Kona coffee. I had to go into a supermarket to look for 100% Kona but in Hawaii, Kona is super abundant so I had a bunch to choose from. I ended up selecting this brightly colored bag of Kona beans from Lion Coffee. I will admit that I chose this bag only because of the LION mascot.
I don’t know what a 24K Gold Roast is… The label says it’s a medium roast but sometimes I feel like Hawaii medium roasts are more “dark roast” than the usual mediums from other roasters. I find that Kona coffees I’ve always tasted tend to be dark roasts. Opening the bag, it brings me back to the first time I had Kona coffee 5+ years ago. The burnt chocolate nutty aroma just permeates the kitchen.
Making my latte, I’m reminded as to why Kona coffee is delicious. It’s sweet, chocolatey, earthy, nutty, and yet has a strong dark chocolate aftertaste with every sip. It’s consistently smooth but also give me huge flavors. Kona coffee has to be one of the best things about Hawaii.