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Topic: Two Konas (7 msgs / 173 lines)
1) From: Ed Needham
I was wondering if anyone had compared the two Konas -Purple Mountain and 
Moki's Farm.  Both are pretty much the same score, so I know I can't go 
wrong either way...it is Sweetmarias I'm talking about here, right?
I emailed Mike (aka Captain Kona), but he's out flying kites and isn't 
checking his email.  Maybe he's watching the Homeroast List.  Any helpful 
advice would be appreciated.
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2) From: Aaron
Ed,  the Moki Farm I find to be a bit more of the "Kona" taste we have 
come to love in kona coffee's.   The purple mountain now is a great 
coffee, don't get me wrong but for that 'thing' that makes Kona... 
kona.... Im gonna have to go with Moki as the slightly better bean of 
the two.... It just seems to get a little more out of it... at least for 
me it does.
Aaron

3) From: DJ Garcia
Frankly Ed, I'd have a hard time telling them apart, but I'm not all
that good at cupping - I need a big differential to distinguish. I just
started going through some Moki and all I know is I really like them
both :-)
DJ

4) From: Ed Needham
Thanks Aaron and DJ Garcia for your opinions.  I just placed an order for 10 
pounds of the Moki's Farm.  With a 5 pound drum roaster, those tiny one 
pound bags look so puny...
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5) From: miKe mcKoffee
Ed, sorry for not replying sooner, been busy playing. Trust me, it's hard
work flying heavy lifter display kites, seriously! Of the two choices you
went the way I would have if only buying one. Not that I'd ever limit myself
to just "one" Kona! I did limit myself to only 8 different this season.
Passed on PurpleMountain this year so couldn't have given you a comparison
to Moki's anyway. 
FWIW IMO the best time to buy Kona is late Winter early Spring. Note that
the Purple Mountain in stock has been at SM for 5 months already! Though
compared to other varietals 5 months from parchment is likely closer to the
norm.
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6) From: Ed Needham
I know they are picking at lower elevations now on the island.  I saw where 
it arrived at SM in February.  I guess that gives it time to balance the 
moisture level among all the beans in the bag.  At least I can rest assured 
that it's been well taken care of for those months in the SM warehouse.  I'm 
sure Tom and crew would never send something that was compromised in 
quality.
To roast these beans,  would you stop just before second to bring out the 
best sweetness and flavor?  I don't want sour or astringent, but I'd prefer 
to stop before too much of the varietal flavor is gone.
Tom says it goes dark very well.  What's that all about???  I wouldn't think 
a Kona could handle dark.
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7) From: miKe mcKoffee
Yes, Kona picking usually begins lower elevations late July/August, which
means a month or two before it's ready for market. The better higher
elevation Konas usually come on later, sometimes not even in time for the
Kona Cupping Competition in November.
While I agree Tom will have stored the Purple Mountain Kona "ok" the past 5
or 6 months, it is not being stored in climate controlled conditions and
therefore while still decent not what it once was.
Higher elevation Konas can indeed take a good FC+ without goint ashy or
bitter. However, I don't like much beyond just tickling 2nd Light Full City
or too much varietal acidity gets eclipsed by the roast IMO. I used to roast
City or even a tad lighter but the last year plus have gone back to City+ to
LFC for most Kona finding a sweeter overall better balanced cup for my
palate.
Kona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee
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