CMIN Senior Member Joined: 14 Jun 2012 Posts: 1,627 Location: South FL Expertise: I like coffee
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Posted Mon Nov 11, 2013, 10:30pm Subject: Hawaiian Ka'u form Starbucks reserve vs Paradise Roasters or any other roaster
Really any number of roasters that offers it, Paradise is a good roaster, any of them will be far better then Starbucks. Their reserve line may come from certain lots/estates but then they do their normal crap roasting process of over roasting/not roasting correctly and since its not roasted to order the beans are usually stale sometimes months old when you buy them, and their charging people out the ass for that lol (charging all that money for good good beans from these lots that they then ruin in their roasting process). I had their Jamaican Blue which was priced higher then many true roasters, but was awful lol.
Hula Daddy is a good known HA roaster, not sure if they do KA'u though, doesn't seem like many do... online I can only see Charbucks and Paradise. Plenty of real Kona roasters though (not the fake blended ones) but real Kona (100% fancy etc)
emradguy Senior Member Joined: 31 Mar 2011 Posts: 3,682 Location: Houston Expertise: I live coffee
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Posted Thu Nov 14, 2013, 9:57pm Subject: Hawaiian Ka'u form Starbucks reserve vs Paradise Roasters or any other roaster
I got this bean (or something very, very similar) from Klatch last...?????...I want to say January. It was fantastic...very heavily dominated by milk chocolate notes in the cup. I made it exclusively in my Espro press, and only shared one cup (hoarded the rest for myself). I think at the time they were roasting it twice a month.
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Iluvdabean Senior Member Joined: 7 Mar 2005 Posts: 1,330 Location: Kentucky Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: La Nuova Era Cuadra/Gaggia... Grinder: Baratza Preciso/K-A Pro... Drip: Bonavita BV 1800 TH Roaster: Nesco 1010/Behmor 1600
Posted Wed Nov 20, 2013, 10:31am Subject: Its a big wide open coffee world
There is a coffee world out there that is ripe for exploring. I dont like roasts, where the roast profile over takes the varietal profile but thats just me. Your tastes are that...your own,so go exploring is my advice. I am not a Starbuck fan at all.
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