Based in Hawaii, close to the Kealakekua Bay and the Pu'uhonua National Park, Black Rock Farm is placed right on the slopes of the Manua Loa volcano, one of the most imposing volcanos on Earth. Thanks to its combination of volcanic soil and singular climatic conditions, the exceptional Kona coffee has scored a cupping score of 86.28 points.
Black Rock Farm dedicates its coffee to the late founder Melvelyn Ronette "Roni" Washington. Roni had an MS in Agricultural Economics and was an avid horticulturist whose dream was to farm in the tropics. Her vision came true in February 2015, when Black Rock Farm’s first six acres of Kona Typica were planted. Then in 2019, the torch got passed to Miguel Meza of Isla Custom Coffee, who began managing the field, and has worked with the pickers to hand harvest ripe cherries to the highest standards possible.
The cherries of this lot were inoculated with a wine yeast selected by Meza to increase acidity and accentuate citrus and tropical fruit notes. The cherries were fermented anaerobically in sealed bags before being brought to neighboring Aloha Hills’ coffee mill. Aloha Hills pulped the coffee and dried it on a patio with mucilage still on the parchment. After resting in parchment for 60 days, the coffee was milled and screened to 17+ size.