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A Taste of Paradise

Kona Coffee is more than a world-renowned taste sensation; it's a window into the heart of Hawaii
Paul Chutkow
From the Print Edition:
Susan Lucci, Sep/Oct 99

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Most farms offer a few different degrees of roasting, so they can deliver a range of products, but the one you find most is the Vienna. Not too light, not too dark, just enough to allow the full, natural flavor of the soil and climate and beans to meld and come forth and blossom in the mouth. Greenwell's farm is also a perfect place to savor the outcome. From his roaster, it's only a few steps to his exclusive, state-of-the-art "tasting room"--one old wagon set out in the yard.

There you can sit for a spell and sample a local banana, macadamia nuts or some chocolate-covered coffee beans. Purists, though, will want to just sit back, relax, gaze out to the blue Pacific, and sample the coffees. Most of Tommy Greenwell's coffees are full city roasts, made with a drip. Nothing fancy, no frills, no foam. Just pure, rich, authentic flavor, the soul of Hawaii right in the cup.

Paul Chutkow is the author of Depardieu, a biography of the French actor Gérard Depardieu, and co-author of Harvests of Joy, the autobiography of Robert Mondavi.

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