Today I cracked open a vaccuum sealed canister of Thunder Mountain Kona I had laying around..... When I got this coffee, it was good, however, will admit I liked the moki farm a bit better from last years crop. This one while great coffee, just seemed to be lacking something that other kona's had... since I am not a kona expert like some others on the list, I can't exactly put my finger...or tongue for that matter on what I felt was missing.... anyways. I opened it up after sitting for about 6 months in vaccuum storage, all I can say is WOW!! The smell was phenomenal... I compared it to a smaller cloth bag I had of it that was sitting pretty much in open air in the bag, and the vac sealed definately had much more aroma to it. From what I remember, it even seemed to have more 'fruitier, sweeter' smell than when I first bought it. I wonder if it is possible that the sitting in storage helped age it a bit and made it better, up to a certain point of course, when it starts going stale.... I roasted it up, and hopefully after sitting a few days Ill have a great cup o coffee to share...Generally they seem to taste their best right around the 5 or so day mark, but I can't stand looking at a kona sitting there and not touching it, so they generally get busted into about the 2 1/2 to 3 day mark and go from there. Aaron
Actually not surprising at all with Kona. Often early in the season greens are processed to greens rather quickly rather than aging a few weeks in parchment. Also Konas tend to make it to end consumers much faster than most other greens. I too was a bit under whelmed by what I'd hoped would be a most excellent Kona from Thunder Mountain, given their extreme high elevation for Kona. Seemed to lacke good complete Kona character. It's been a couple months since I've roasted any and will roast it next in my Kona rotation too. (also vac bagged of course:-) OTH I found this year's Moki's better than last years. Kowali shined brightly as did a number of other Konas I got. 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. <Snip>
Kona God stated: OTH I found this year's Moki's better than last years. ============= yep, I figured as much. I seen it hit tom's list and thought, hmm I might want to get some of that, but sitting on about 4 pounds of moki's from last year, purple mountain F and XF, thunder mountain and the kona typica tom had, I figured, err, I better not get another one, especially since I was jobless at the time, the price tag severely hindered my adventureness on this one. Yah I know I could have got a pound bag just to try it but well we both know where that would have went... a subsequent order for a 5 lb bag.... no I do NOT exercise much control over good coffee. I decided to forsake my god's.... let us hope they allow me to repent with a most excellent roast of the Moki I did tonight. It was odd, it had a first crack, went for a little bit, a bit of quiet, then had a HARD first crack, possibly temp change up caused the rest of the beans to kick in. I remember seeing tom's page from a year or so ago saying be gentle with kona's and then seeing later where you said, the moki tasted better roasted a bit deeper, and then went through some old notes I found from when I first started roasting and said, yep, the kona needs a good roastin here, don't baby it, let er rip. Given how much more 'kona' aroma seemed to be coming off it right out of the roaster, I believe I did the right thing, .. a few days will tell.. either way, unless you really nuked it, or didn't let it get to crack, its kind of hard to kill a kona... thankfully Aaron
Mike did you ever find out if the earthquake affected this years crop of Kona?
*** Mike did you ever find out if the earthquake affected this years crop of Kona? *** yah, the beans are pre sorted, so hopefully cheaper this year... well... one can wish can't they? aaron
<Snip> Gus (Head Bean @ Pele Plantations) said they had very minor physical damage and didn't mention any crop issues. miKe