Hilo Coffee Mill

Overall Rating: 7.650

Address: 17-995 Volcano Hwy.
Cross Street(s): Enos Rd.
City, State ZIP: Mountain View, HI 96771
Phone: 808.968.1733
Hours: M-SA 8am-4pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 7.80
Barista: 8
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Laranzato
Coffee Rating: 7.50
Aroma: 8
Body: 7
Brightness: 7
Crema: 8
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 0.5
Size: L
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Hilo Coffee Mill
Cup Manufacturer: Other Ceramic
Price: $2.00
Last Update: 03/07/2008
First Reviewed: 03/07/2008
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales

This coffee farm specializes in the under-appreciated (next to Kona) Hawaiian coffees on the East side of the Big Island (Puna, Ku'a, Hamakua) as well as Kona and coffee from the other islands (Maui Moka, Oahu Waialua, Kauai). They take in beans from many local farms for roasting or selling as greens. Also on site is a showroom that sports an espresso bar. Next to rows of coffee and related accessories on showroom display is a bar powered by a two-group Laranzato ME-2 machine. With it they produce some of the best espresso shots on the island. It's not just the fresh roasting, but they spent 9 months developing their espresso blend of 100% arabica beans from Central America, South America, and India (note: no Hawaiian coffees). The resulting shot has a darker brown, even crema that's just a touch thin. Served tall in Laranzato-logo cups; it's too tall, but yet it's not overextracted. It has a pungent aroma and a more rounded and pungent flavor of a good espresso blend.