KALAHEO — Earlier this month, Hawai‘i’s award-winning Koloa Rum Company join forces to collaborate with Kaua‘i Coffee for the launch of a limited-edition, rum-barrel-aged Kaua‘i coffee.
The latest creation from Kaua‘i Coffee’s “Seed to Cup” project is a way to experiment with yeast fermentation, flavor and processing methods via small-batch production. The rum-barrel-aged Kaua‘i coffee features 100% Kaua‘i yellow catuai coffee aged in Koloa Rum barrels.
“We have enjoyed a long-standing relationship with Kaua‘’i Coffee, and since 2015 have partnered with their talented roasters to produce our award-winning Koloa Kaua‘i Coffee Rum,” said Bob Gunter, president and CEO of Koloa Rum Company. “With the launch of this new product, coffee and rum enthusiasts will have the best of both worlds once again.”
The barrel-aging process consists of gently fermenting green coffee beans in white-oak barrels once used in the aging of Koloa Rum’s Aged Reserve variety.
During the rum-aging process, some rum is soaked into the barrels, imparting robust flavors that the sponge-like green coffee beans soak up during the coffee-aging process. Once roasted, the coffee will feature notes of chocolate, honey and rum.
“Both companies are known for producing products of the finest quality and for the great pride we take in our work,” said Fred Cowell, general manager, Kaua‘i Coffee Company “This partnership showcases our passion for coffee and theirs for rum, and brings together two locally-grown, historically-significant crops in perfect combination.
“We think our customers will thoroughly enjoy this delicious-tasting and distinctive creation that’s arrived just in time for gift-giving and sharing during the holiday season,” said Cowell.