We are always looking for premier micro-lots of coffees to share with the coffee enthusiast in you. This limited offering of Kona Honey and Kona Natural from Aloha Star Coffee Farms showcase rare processing methods and some of the best coffees that Hawai‘i has to offer. Scroll down for the ultimate Kalita 185 Brew Guide on how to enjoy these Kona coffees at the comfort of your own home!
Aloha Star Coffee Farms' Award Winning Coffees
- Good Food Awards (2023)
- Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Cupping Competition (2018-2022)
- Hawaii Coffee Association Cupping Competition (2021, 2023)
Trust the Process: Natural vs. Honey
Traditionally, Kona coffee farmers prepare for roasting with the “Washed” process. Using water and fermentation, the coffee cherries and mucilage (fruit pulp) are removed from the outside of the parchment layer, put in a fermentation tank, washed, then dried. The result of this process are usually what coffee enthusiasts call "clean" flavors: lighter in mouthfeel with clear separation of flavors. Let’s dive into the unique processes our limited collection of Kona coffees go through—honey and natural.
Kona Natural Process
WE TASTE: BERRIES, MILK CHOCOLATE, AND SYRUPY SWEETNESS
SHOP KONA NATURAL
Kona Honey Process
WE TASTE: STONE FRUIT, APPLE, AND CARAMEL CANDY
SHOP KONA HONEY
Brewing with a Kalita Wave 185
What you’ll need:
- 24 grams coffee beans
- Kalita Wave 185 filter
- Kalita Wave 185 brewer
- Hot water
- Your favorite mug(s)
1. Weigh out 24 grams of either Kona Honey or Kona Natural coffee beans and grind your them on a medium-fine setting.
2. Place a paper filter in the Kalita Wave and on the decanter. Rinse thoroughly with hot water to clean and preheat for brewing.
3. Dump out the water, place Kalita and decanter on a scale, and tare.
4. Add in the ground Kona Honey/Natural coffee grinds. Level out the grinds for an even distribution by shaking lightly. This ensures that we can evenly saturate all coffee grounds.
5. Start the blooming process by adding 48-72 grams of hot water in a circular motion and wait 45 seconds. Try to distribute the water evenly across the coffee bed.
6. Continue to add hot water in a circular motion until the scale reads 400 g. You should finish pouring when the timer reads 1:40 – 1:50.
7. Allow water to fully drain through. Your brew should finish between 2:30 – 3:00.
8. Remove the Kalita, decant, swirl, and serve.
To learn more about the Kalita or other tips and tricks to brewing at home, visit our Hand Brew Blog!