Cupping Notes: Mint, Berry, Nutty, Mocha
My friend Dave Morell was the manager of the Pioneer Mill in Lahaina Maui during the mid 90's, when the sugar market was in a serious decline. Dave made a strategic choice to take some of the sugar fields along the Kaanapali hillside and plant coffee. He discovered that the cool temperatures needed to produce the denser "Strictly High Grown" coffee in the high mountains of Central and South America, were provided by the predominate northeastern trade winds that keep the Hawaiian Islands much cooler than other Pacific tropical islands. After doing extensive botanical research on coffee varieties that could work on Maui, Dave grafted coffee varieties from other Hawaiian islands, and created a three Maui varieties that he and his foreman, Kimo Faulkner planted and cultivated on the slopes of the West Maui Mountains. Today Kimo continues to manage the coffee plantation, producing very special Maui coffee.
"Ono" in the Hawaiian language means "Delicious". We roast our Maui Ono Gold coffee in a very special way, dumping part of the roast at the onset of the second crack, the next part in the middle of the second crack, and a small part left that is dumped as a dark roast. The result is a "triple" roast that has proven to be a favorite among our friends.