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Topic: Hawaiin Coffee Beans (3 msgs / 82 lines)
1) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
Since I've been a customer of Sweet Maria's and a member of this 
list, I've noticed that Tom seldom offered a Hawaiin bean. I trust 
Tom's judgement on quality and value. I've been surfin' the net 
lately and see that there are a lot more Hawaiin coffees out there 
besides Kona. Overpriced perhaps?
Paul Carder
Paul - it's not that we don't offer Hawaiian coffee, it's just that 
it is out of season. New crop starts to arrive in Nov/December but 
the good stuff from higher up usually starts in Jan-Feb or so. I 
would be very careful about any Kona you buy now, unless perhaps its 
from Mike, stored in vacuum packaged temperature controlled 
environment!
Tom
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2) From: Paul Carder
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Since I've been a customer of Sweet Maria's and a member of this list, =
I've noticed that Tom seldom offered a Hawaiin bean. I trust Tom's =
judgement on quality and value. I've been surfin' the net lately and see =
that there are a lot more Hawaiin coffees out there besides Kona. =
Overpriced perhaps?
Paul Carder

3) From: miKe mcKoffee
Maybe surprising to some, I just last week got a bag of 06/07 crop Kona
greens that out cupped every current crop sample I cupped (all the current
crop early crop greens of course and pushed way to fast to green bean
stage). I was already very familiar with the Estate's operations so wasn't
surprised. They don't vac store their coffee but rather in parchment in
temperature/humidity controlled environment until just before milling for
greens sale or their roasting sales. That practice is exactly what led me to
vacuum packing greens my greens in the first place years ago. Since I can't
put the greens back into their parchment protective shells vac'ing to remove
the attacking environment seemed the logical course, and it works. Will
those 06/07 greens be as good as the same Estate's current crop greens in a
couple months? Maybe yes maybe no but probably no. While zero baggy or other
defects I believe the acidity is down just a hair off what I'd expect from
their Kona at it's absolute prime. 
FWIW they've been a long time consistent favorite and have made the Cupping
Competition finals more than any other Estate. They've never taken 1st, but
there are many Estates that sort of cheat submitting highly screened samples
rather than crop representative samples and even then don't place
consistently high. OTOH this Estate just grabs the greens to submit from the
same greens they be a selling with no special sorting. I'll take a
consistent high placer over a one flash wonder any day. Well, almost any day
since I do usually try to get some greens for stash from the current year's
competition top 3 finishers:-)
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