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Molokai Muleskinner Coffee - Review

Of the Earth and For the Earth

Molokai Muleskinner Coffee is rich and earthy

Unlike the Big Island of Hawaii, with its numerous Kona coffee plantations, Molokai boasts only one. All Molokai Coffee is grown and packed at the 500-acre plantation and mill in the village of Kualapu'u. On the rugged North Shore of Molokai, steep cliffs more than 2,000 feet high arise from the ocean's surface. A small peninsula juts out from the base of these cliffs accessible only by a treacherous trail that switchbacks up and down these slopes. Generations of muleskinners traversed this trail, inspiring the name of Molokai's Muleskinner Coffee. Rich and earthy, this dark roast carries no trace of bitterness, nor does it need sweetening.

Molokai Coffee is available in many other varieties, from the medium roast Malulani Estate to the dark roast Espresso. For those who like flavored coffees, there is the Island Princess, a dark roast flavored with Polynesian vanilla beans. Helping to support and sustain coffee growing efforts in the Hawaiian Islands, Molokai Coffee is a member of 1% For the Planet, an alliance of businesses that donate 1 per cent of revenue to environmental organizations.

Rating: 14/20

Price: $22 (8 oz.)

Find out more about Molokai Coffee at the Coffees of Hawaii official website


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