Above and below we see the judges hard at work, their refined pallettes discerningly sifting through the finer aspects of our contesting coffees with a dedication to quality and the integrity of the process. The Devil Dog hails this years winners and all the coffee farms of Kona who continue to produce this hand crafted artisan product, and encourages you to order Kona coffee from these archetypes of American agriculture, the individual farmer crafting his single vineyard estate coffee like a fine winemaker in Napa or Sonoma.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Coffee Tasting Judges Caught in the Act
The Kona Coffee Cultural Festival has captured our attention this last month, and for good reason. The Gevalia Kona Coffee Cupping Competition honors the top three coffee farms in Kona each year in a process infused with the integrity of an international panel of judges who are experts at coffee. Each farm provides 50 pounds of parchment from which a sample is milled and roasted. The coffee is rated on fragrance, aroma, taste, nose and body. The judging is completely blind, with the judges having no idea which coffee farm they are tasting.