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Topic: In search of a special Kona (4 msgs / 107 lines)
1) From: george
I'm trying to find the type of KONA that I have had in the past.  I just used up the last of some I 
had from another supplier (I didn't know about Sweet Maria's at the time of that orde)r.
It has a really destinctive pine nut flavor or at least that is how I would describe it.  The place I 
originally got it from has a few different Kona's, but no descriptions that indicate that aspect. I 
think it may have been from the Greenwell farm but I'm not sure.  Sweet Maria's has the Moki 
farm that has a "waxy nutty aftertaste" characteristic.  Will the Moki have that pine nutty 
taste?  
What is the difference if any from the Koa and Kona coffee's.  I have seen some "Kona" coffee 
bags with Koa on them.
George

2) From: Aaron
George, how you roast the kona will change it's taste a bit from roast 
to roast as well.  Resting seems to be able to change some profoundly as 
well... with kona's liking a longer rest.
I don't know if id call it pine nutty, but the Moki Kona is definately 
one of the better konas (my opinion) and while it may not give you 
exactly the same flavor, I bet you will love it still.
on that though, even the same coffee can and will change from year to 
year.  So that oh so wonderful flavor you got in last years batch, might 
not be there this year, or leave something out that you still yearn for. 
Roasting a bean that is fresh .vs. the same bean that has been in 
storage at your place for a year can and will impart changes in the 
flavor.  You may not notice all of them, as who can remember perfectly a 
cup of coffee a year ago...
I don't know about the Koa .vs. Kona thing but probably is something 
like someone selling you a Romex watch .vs. a Rolex watch... I bet mike 
can answer that for you though.
Aaron

3) From: miKe mcKoffee
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Koa Coffee Plantation is a particular high elevation (2500') Kona farm
located in the South Kona district near Captain Cook, not a different
varietal. Happen to be neighbors to one of many year favorites Pau Hana
Estate. (formerly Wood's) Koa tends to be a good typical high elevation
Kona. 
I've been way into Konas for over a decade and know the piney acidity of
which you speak. (limited myself to 8 different Konas this past 05/06 crop
year, down from a high of 17 different Konas a few years ago) Purple
Mountain Kona often exhibits this particular piney acidity characteristic, I
believe caused by their tendancy of leaving the cherry on the tree to almost
over ripe purple color before picking. It is not actually a typical or
usually considered desirable Kona acidic characteristic and would be judged
lower in the Kona Cupping Competition because of it. However, when not too
far over ripe it can be a different and interesting Kona acidity taste
profile.
While I didn't buy Purple Mountain this past crop year, between the two
current Sweet Maria offerings Purple Mountain would more likely fit flavor
profile you're looking for. Also be aware IMO this is close to the worst
time of year to be buying Kona greens since will be from the 05/06 picking
and the 06/07 crop just now coming into production picking and the best
higher elevation Konas greens typically not available until December or
January. 
FWIW greens sold by Greenwell's are not from their farm but are a luck of
the draw on what you'll get coming from cherries they buy and process from
many other small farms. Sometimes excellent, sometimes bland lower elevation
Kona. The last number of year's Tommy has refused to sell any of their
Estate greens, even if on Island begging in person! They make more money
selling it pre-roasted and have been selling out ever year so makes business
sense for them to not sell their Estate greens. 
Kona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee
URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer, some recipes etc:http://mdmint.home.comcast.net/coffee/Rosto_mod.htmUltimately the quest for Koffee Nirvana is a solitary path. To know I must
first not know. And in knowing know I know not. Each Personal enlightenment
found exploring the many divergent foot steps of Those who have gone before.

4) From: Barry Luterman
Koa is a wood. Kona is a city on the Big Island with a large coffee growing 
area.


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