Hawaii Ka'anapali DP Maui Moka 11 Screen

A small-bean cultivar that can be difficult to roast - see the full review! Low acidity and nice oily body, maple syrup, dark honey, melted butter, a touch of chamomile, wheat puff cereal, a dusting of cocoa. City+ to Full City. Behmor users MUST use small grid drum, and even then expect to lose quite a few beans during roasting.
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85.6
  • Process Method No
  • Farm Gate Yes
Region North America
Farm Gate Yes
Grade Estate Grade
Appearance .4 d/300gr, 11 screen
Roast Recommendations See the roast notes above! Because it is a small bean, and color is hard to judge, this can be a challenge to roast. Behmor owners beware of the small size! City+ to FC roast had the best cup results.
Weight 1 LB
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We bought this amazing and amusing small-bean coffee years ago, a distinct cultivar grown on the island of Maui. The farm was originally a part of the Pioneer Mill sugar plantation since 1860, which diversified the land out of sugar cane into coffee in 1988 under the name Ka'anapali Estate Coffee. The farm was the product of careful research, and they chose to plant four coffee varieties: Red Catuai, Yellow Caturra, Typica and Moka variety. It is a unique farm in other respects, irrigated with a drip system and planted in precise rows to facilitate mechanical processing of the fruit. Given the flaws of this type of harvesting, additional steps must be taken at the mill to carefully sort out unripe coffee cherries that were picked by the machine. All this took serious capital investment to set up, and over time the project proved unsustainable; parts of the farm were sold for residential and resort development. However a portion of the remaining coffee estate is under the care of one of the original farmers, Kimo Falconer, and his new business called Maui Grown. With this, the Moka is now available in both washed and natural types. This is the natural (Dry-Process; DP) coffee, and I admit that 80% of the character here must be attributed to the process, since the elevations this is grown at are quite low, even by Hawaiian standards. But it is a tribute to the farm and their methods that they are even able to pick and process such small seeds! It requires extra care and specialized equipment. Having tried the wet-process version of the Moka, it pales in comparison to this DP lot. Dry fragrance from this coffee has a muted fruity quality, with a dusting of cocoa powder. The lightest roast I did had a bit of hay in the wet aroma, but at City+ to Full City this turned to a sweet grain, maple syrup, dark honey, and a Cocoa Puffs chocolate note. On the break there is a bit of sweet melted butter and a touch of chamomile tea. The cup has very low acidity, and may seem a bit imbalanced and flat. The positive qualities compensate well though: rustic sweetness and oily body. It has honey and maple sugar flavors, and a nice grain note, like honey wheat puffs. There is a muted, mild chocolate flavor, more like milk chocolate syrup, which is underscored by the thick body. This is not an easy coffee to roast because of the extremely small bean size (11 screen - the smallest we have ever received!). It is hard to hear the 1st Crack and a bit hard to judge the color as well. I think air roasters might be the best option, since you can see the roast a bit better. In a Behmor, even with the small grid Behmor roaster drum, I think the coffee can be extra challenging! Some will pass through the small grid Behmor drum and there will be more smoke than usual. But it is do-able ... just keep a close watch on it.