International Jury Cupping Score



Kona District,
Hawaii Island


1,200 - 1,400 feet
above sea level

Estimated Lot Size

77 pounds (1 bag of 50 lbs, 1 bag of 27 lbs)

Winning Bidder

Sarutahiko Coffee Inc.

Blackrock Parrot

This boutique farm high above Kealakekua Bay and Pu‘uhonau O Honaunau (Place of Refuge) was founded by the late Melvelyn Ronett “Roni” Washington. Roni had an MS in Agricultural Economics and was an avid horticulturist whose dream was to farm in the tropics. Her vision came true in February 2015, when Black Rock Farm’s first six acres of Kona Typica were planted. Black Rock dedicates these coffees in Roni’s memory.

The farm’s first harvest was in 2017. In 2019, Isla Custom Coffees’ Miguel Meza began managing the field, and has worked with the pickers to hand harvest ripe cherries to the highest standards possible. Multiple Black Rock coffees have 93+ scores in Coffee Review, all roasted by Meza’s Paradise Coffee Roasters. Four of its coffees are in this auction.

Yeast-Fermented, Anaerobic Natural Typica

This lot was harvested on August 23, 2020 — shortly before the peak of the harvest season, when ripe cherries were consistently measuring 20+ brix. After harvest, the coffee cherries were inoculated with a wine yeast selected by Meza to produce red fruit, berry and floral notes. The inoculated cherries were submerged under water in sealed bags and allowed to ferment in an anaerobic environment. They were dried by Doug McKanna of Kealakekua Bay Farm Management/Kona Geisha Farm using a J. Estrada dehumidifying dryer.