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Topic: Kona - I'm a believer!!! (9 msgs / 392 lines)
1) From: David Morgenlender
If I had ever had Kona before, it was through Peet's or similar, so I =
never
really experienced it.  Then last week I roasted up some Hawaii Kona =
Kowali Farm
Typica, which I had just received from SM.  Yesterday, I brewed some up =
in my
French Press, after 3.5 days rest.  It was absolutely terrific.  Tom's =
review
described it almost exactly.
Now I'm drinking my second cup of it, also via FP, after 4.5 days rest.  =
And I
thought it was good yesterday ... this stuff is just absolutely =
unbelievable!
I've really liked Misty Valley, Gesha, Harar Horse Green Stripe, etc.  =
But this
Kona is in another galaxy :) !  I can't really match up most of the =
flavors with
Tom's review ... standard terms like "root beer" & "caramel" just can't =
do it
justice.  Some of the flavors & aromas are vaguely familiar, some not at =
all.
The aroma was good dry, in the FP, etc.  But I wasn't prepared for the =
aroma
emanating from my cup after a few minutes ... sweet, intense & amazing.  =
I just
wanted to keep my nose in the cup :) !  But instead, I decided to drink =
some ...
a wise decision!  The flavor just explodes on my tongue.  Now I know what
"brightness" really means ... and as Tom says silky & smooth!  The =
incredible
flavors just lingers ... I don't want to waste the linger by drinking =
more, so
the ecstasy is prolonged!  Unfortunately, after almost an hour, I am =
managing to
near the bottom of my large mug.  I can't wipe the smile off my face, not=
 that I
would want to.  Would it be selfish to hope that tomorrow's is somehow =
better
than today's???
Of course now I face a real dilemma.  I bought 2 lbs of this stuff.  =
Should I
order more, or expect to find other incredible gems appearing in the near
future?  (Could any be better???)  I didn't start homeroasting until last
summer, so I don't have any experience with new arrivals this time of =
year.
BTW, does anybody know if Tom's "Limit 5 Lbs" applies to one order or =
combined
orders?
Thanks for listening to my gushing!
Dave
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2) From:
Dave:
Hi there,
the 5 pounder is the limit on a single bean. buy away.
honestly you will find tons-o-gems from Tom. if you are crazy about a bean buy more since it will never be back the same again.
good luck and thanks for the report...
ginny 
homeroasters.org
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3) From: Eddie Dove
Dave,
Great write up!  I just finished up the pound that I roasted last week and
it was everything you described.
Always feel free to gush!
Eddie
-- 
Errare humanun est - sed perseverare diabolicum
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4) From: Aaron
David im sure mikey is going to pipe up but yes, the kona's are great 
coffees and I find at least they do better after several days rest 
instead of just two or three.
5 pounds is bean type per order.. so yes you can do a 12 pound harvey 
order with 5 of it kona.
The best thing about kona I think, even as it cools, the flavor is 
constantly changing yet still wonderfull.  Ill drink kona stone cold, it 
still taste great.  I do it at work all the time.
Aaron

5) From: David Morgenlender
I also found it tasted great cold.  I only stopped drinking it when the =
grinds
from the FP became so thick the coffee had the consistency of sludge :) !
It sure was a different story at 5.5 & 6.5 days rest!  Yesterday, at 5.5 =
days, I
brewed it again in the FP.  It tasted ok, but no better than that.  It =
had a
totally different flavor than the previous 2 days.  I think I put =
slightly more
water in than previously, so it could have been over-extracted.  But I =
don't
think that was it, nor do I think it was especially weak.  Then today I =
brewed
it in a Chemex ... it was much better.  It still tasted nothing like =
those first
2 days, did not have any magic, but nevertheless it was very good coffee.=
  Could
its peak be at 4-5 days, then it loses the magic dramatically & =
quickly???
Now I only have a few beans left from the first roast, which I'll combine=
 with
some other leftovers.  Meanwhile, I gotta decide whether to order more of=
 these
beans.  If the last 2 days were like the first 2 days, the choice would =
be
simpler!  The coffee is certainly good enough overall to have more of, =
but it
does mean limiting other coffee purchases.  I think the only solution is =
to
drink 2-4 times more coffee per day, so I can justify a bigger stash (or =
at
least the current size :) )!
Dave
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6) From: Les
Dave,
I hear you greasing up the slippery slope!  The agony of having so many
wonderful choices!  You may want to give a Panama a try.  I know it isn't
Kona, but it is close!  Most of the Kona blends are mixed with Panama
coffees.  I am sure Mike McKoffee is clutching his fist about now!  I am not
saying Kona and Panama are the same.  I am saying if you enjoy Kona, you
will in all likely hood enjoy a good Panama.  I like my Kona too.  There is
nothing like it.  For a pure smooth nuanced coffee the only coffee I like
better than a Kona is Isle of St. Helena, but it has gotten too expensive.
Les
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7) From: David Morgenlender
So, I finally reached the decision to order more Kona.  I even got my =
wife's
(grudging) approval.  So, a little while ago I go to the SM website ... =
the Kona
is gone!  But they are expecting another lot.  Maybe this is for the =
better ...
with luck they'll have other new arrivals in the interim, which might =
interest
me ... and I do have the remainder of the original 2 lbs waiting to be =
roasted.
Thanks for the Panama suggestion ... when I order, I will have the =
remainder of
a Harvey's order to complete, so that's definitely a candidate.
The only non-decaf Panama I've tried is the Hacienda La Esmeralda Gesha, =
which
was terrific.  It's been awhile, and I still have almost 2 lbs remaining.=
  I
have one other, which I haven't tried yet ... 1 lb. of Panama '06 Auction=
 Lot
Carmen Estate.  How representative are these 2 of Panamas in general?
Dave
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8) From: True, Dennis W. FC1 (CVN69)
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Making the last of my Ranchero Aloha Kona as I type!!!!!!
Dennis

9) From: Les
Gesha is in a class by itself,  more of a clean Yirg than a Panama.  Caman
Estate is very good and more typical of a great Panama.
Les
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