The Drink: 100% Maui Red Catuai from Armeno Coffee Roasters
Type: Whole Bean
Overall Rating: 3.75 Out Of 5 Coffee Mugs
Normally when I think Hawaiian coffee, I think Kona. Kona might be the rock star of Hawaiian coffees, but it’s just the beginning of the what the island state offers. Tonight, I’m sipping on another coffee from Hawaii called 100% Maui Red Catuai from Armeno Coffee Roasters.
It’s the first time that I’ve tried a Hawaiian coffee other than Kona, but if this is an indication of what else Hawaii has to offer, I think I need to start planning a trip there right away.
The aroma is made up mostly of a mild nuttiness. It’s mixed with subtle hints of grapefruit, butter and a little bit of spices.
In some ways, the aroma reminded me of the Kona, but the taste was significantly different.
It had a bold taste that was mixed with a wine like flavor. This wasn’t the fruity wine like taste that made up the flavors of the Ethiopian coffees that I’ve been tasting recently. Instead it was more like a burgundy wine flavor.
Inside the flavor was also touches of grapefruit, spices and some chocolate.
In some ways, the taste reminded me of the coffees from Indonesia mixed with beans from Africa.
The coffee was exceptionally smooth and had a full body.
Overall, an easy well above average 3.75 on the Daily Shot Of Coffee scale. I really liked the different flavors of this coffee and that made it standout.
This is the first of two coffees that Armeno Coffee, a roaster in Northborough, Massachusetts sent me to review. Learn more about them at the Armeno Coffee Roasters website.