Daylight Mind Coffee Company offers a fun and educational coffee tasting experience.
One of the newest additions to the stores and restaurants at the Waikoloa Beach Resort, the Daylight Mind Coffee Company is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They specialize in coffee, and roast their own at the original location in Kona. The Coffee Cuppings are like a wine tasting, only for coffee. Cafe Manager Shannon Hudgens conducts the sessions and is a wealth of knowledge about the growing process, roasting, and the subtle variations in the aroma, fragrance, acidity levels, and flavors of the different coffees.
At the event I attended we sampled coffee from New Guniea, Columbia, and Kona. The Cupping starts off with sampling the fragrance of the fresh ground coffee. Hot water is then added and participants sample the aroma of the infusion. And finally the taste test. All the while, we marked our findings and rated them on the supplied forms. Shannon guided us through the art of each step of the process, demonstrating how to pick up the subtle differences in sweetness, aftertaste, and body of each variety.
I learned a lot and was surprised by the results and which coffee beans appealed to me the most. If you’re in or near the Waikoloa Resort check out this fun and educational event; it is currently held Wednesday and Friday at 11 am. Daylight Mind is located at the east end of the Queens’ Shops right across the street from the gate to the Waikoloa Beach Villas.