Sunday, November 16, 2008

Kona cupping champ chosen

Debbie Hoshide, a coffee grower on the Big Island of Hawaii, has won the 22nd annual Kona Coffee Cupping Competition.

The signature event of the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival required each participating farmer to submit a 50-pound sample from which five pounds were entered into the cupping competition. Of the 56 entries, 16 were selected as finalists.

Hoshide's farm is a seven-acre spread in Honaunau that she inherited from her mother.

"Cupping" is the standardized way to evaluate coffees, a method used by roasters, retailers, growers and importers. The three qualities evaluated are body, acidity and aroma. As each coffee is sampled, the taster records and discusses their impressions.

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