We were recently contacted by Melo Melo Coffee Club to review a batch of their fresh roasted Kona Coffee. Since most of our meetings here at Aloha Update are held at Starbucks, and we practically run on coffee, we figured, why not!
First off, a little about Melo Melo. Neige LaRue, owner of Melo Melo, grew up in beautiful Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii and has had a love for the regions most widely known export, coffee. Now residing in California, she’s able to bring in green kona coffee beans from different farms around the region, roast them fresh, and ship direct to you on a monthly basis.
I spoke with Neige a little about how she develops her roast profile for each month since she’s working with different farms and this is what she had to say.
“Every month I get my beans from a different farm, so I do a sample roast and go through the whole cupping process to find the best profile before I roast it all for my clients… Kona is best roasted on the lighter side so I do my best to find the sweet spot between first and second crack, but never take it past second.”
The coffee was just that, roasted to a perfect light Kona roast. We tried it using drip and french press methods and the coffee tasted great both ways. We were able to get a little smoother taste out of the french press.
The coffee arrive in a great little Melo Melo box, quite quickly. The coffee bag was neatly wrapped in a burlap piece, an information card included to help you get the most bang for your buck and there was also a roasted date on the bag so you can gauge how fresh the coffee is.
For any coffee lovers, this is a great gift. The price is $34.95 for 1 lb with shipping if you buy a whole year, billed monthly. You can also buy multiple pounds per month at a reduced cost. There are also options for 3, 6, and single months.
Of course, being Kona coffee it’ll be a little on the pricier side, but to get a unique gift like this every month is pretty neat.