organic kona Natural
This is our extremely rare and very special 100% Organic Kona Natural Coffee. It is a seasonal product – we craft it only from our first and last round of picking. (It is currently available only at one or two other Kona farm outlets, it's not "organic", and sells for $60.00-$70.00 per pound; ours is a lot less).
We spend an enormous amount of time and care to hand-select only the very ripest of all of our coffee cherries. We wash and float the coffee fruit and then “dry-process” them in the sun of our deck – in their cherry skin. This is to say that the fruit dries inside its skin, rather than being dried after pulping as “Parchment Beans”. We have to lay out our cherries in a single layer, and rake them once an hour. Although our covered Drying Deck is completely screened against insects and geckos, mold occurs, and for the first three days, we hand-select out and away every cherry that is not absolutely perfect. It takes up to three weeks of drying time to get them where they need to be. Then we store our Kona Sweet/Kona Natural for a month in our air-conditioned Storage Room (to let them “settle”). Next, the lot is dry-milled (husked, peeled) at our Certified Organic Dry Mill. Again, everything that’s not perfect gets sorted out. We return the sorted green bean coffee to our climate controlled storage room. When we roast, we ONLY roast it to “Light Vienna Roast”. That’s what our Certified Q-Cupper (professional coffee taster) makes us do to bring out the Best of the Best: it’s darker than “Medium”, but lighter than “Vienna Roast”. This Natural Drying Method and our care and roast produce a delicate and silky mouth-feel: Intense, sweet aroma with powerful floral nuances, aromatic wood and molasses, and a subtle hint of milk chocolate. At Lyman Farms, we are so picky about quality that we usually need 8 pounds of our coffee cherry for one pound of roasted coffee beans (most farms have a ration of 6:1). But this special gem requires a whopping ELEVEN pounds of Lyman Kona Coffee Farms cherry for each one pound of our Kona Sweet/Kona Natural Organic Kona Coffee. Enjoy and Mahalo Nui from all of us to all of you!