Koloa Rum Co. , Kaua‘i Coffee partner to make Rum Barrel-Aged Coffee

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    Kauai Coffee and Koloa Rum Co join forces to create two new coffee/rum products.

  • Contributed photo

    Kauai Coffee and Koloa Rum Co join forces to create two new coffee/rum products.

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.

2 Comments
  1. Rumffee November 15, 2020 8:21 am Reply

    Far better than to rain on a parade, but what twisted mind would want to take a delicious and healthy cup of Kaua’i Coffee, and as an insult to the coffee add rum or any alcohol, to it.

    Approximately 275,000 people a year die in motor vehicle accidents from alcohol driven impaired drivers worldwide.

    And using hard liquor such as rum, (without the nutritional aspects of beer like barley, hops, and malt; and wine like grapes, is just a solvent to wash vital nutrients from your body, harden your liver, as in sclerosis, so you cannot filter out toxic poisons from your body; and alcohol lowers your resistance to virus infection by burdening your immune system.

    Why ruin a good cup of Kaua’i Coffee with rum or any alcohol that ruins lives, breaks up families, excites violence and ruins your health.

    Especially nasty is putting rum or alcohol in your morning coffee before going off to drive to work and have alcohol going through your “foggy” blood stream at work.

    There are no good reasons to use rum or alcohol, but there are a lot of bad reasons.

    Giving yourself rum or alcohol induced Brain Blur followed by a nasty hangover is proof of its poisonous toxicity.

    Waiter? I’ll have a another cup of Kaua’i Coffee, just coffee, no dairy cream or sugar, and hold the rum or alcohol, I prefer to be healthy, without liver failure when I get older, mahalo!


    1. Jabber November 16, 2020 4:42 pm Reply

      The nutritional aspects of beer? That is funny. Brewing would remove the alcohol just like cooking. Nobody is going to get drunk from rum cake or rum coffee.


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