Went on vacation to Hawaii and brought back some Hula Daddy Kona Sweet. This is an unusual 100% Kona, with very rich fruit flavors and light roasted. Hula Daddy is a speciality farm/roaster in the Kona growing region. They've won a lot of awards over the years. They carefully raise, hand pick, process and roast on site. I highly recommend visiting if you go there. They don't always have this one online, but I've found that they frequently have a few bags on hand available for visitors to buy even when sold out online.
The "Kona Sweet" is a limited run of dried in fruit coffee with very intense fruit flavors, yet all of the smoothness and clean qualities that better Kona is known for. I reviewed it in the Coffee sub-forum as pour over and aeropress.
It is a light roast (by SCAA gourmet standards) with a ground Agtron number of 83. The beans are really hard and make a glassy, tinkly sound, like glass beads. There is little to minimal puffing and the edges of the beans are relatively sharp. All indicators of lighter roasts. It is a fantastic filter coffee. The roasters do not recommend it for espresso.
Pro review here:https://www.coffeereview.com/review/kon ... -100-kona/
In the spirit of "does it blend" I do the "does it espresso" test. Conventional wisdom says that Kona doesn't work as espresso. But does it? Can it be pulled as a shot and still produce a cup with lots of delicious flavors? Can a conical grinder and a non-pre-infusing espresso machine make succeed with this light bean?
Yes, it can!
First few attempts were disappointing. As the brewed coffee was rich with fruit, especially green apple, my first few attempts didn't express much of it.
A longer rest and a little adjusting of parameters and water formulation helped. I reduced my usual water formula from about 90ppm to 60ppm. The brew temperature up to 203F and ground very fine for slow extraction. The final formula that worked out was 18.5g dose, 39g out in 42 seconds, 20g VST basket. Measured TDS of 9.85% for an EY of 21%. Higher extraction brought some roughness of flavor but not much bitterness. The shots at this level were very flavorful, dense and silky, lingering yet clean in flavor. Really great stuff. Too bad it is gone, really like this one!!!
I know, we can go around in circles about "light". This is light, by SCAA measures. The roaster says so, the pro reviewers who measured it with an Agtron say so. That's good enough for me.