The 15th Annual Coffee & Art Stroll with KCFA's own Mary Lou Moss as the Event Chair, added a Chefs’ Coffee Judging to its annual celebration of coffee and art. With more than 30 Kona coffee farms participating and serving coffee in the Coffee & Art Stroll, chefs from three of Kona’s restaurants were asked to select 5 coffees to receive “Five Star Kona Coffee Awards”. The chefs judged the coffees on the basis of the tastes they would prefer to offer to their customers for an after dinner coffee.
The chefs who served as judges were Chef Morgan Starr of Mi’s Italian Bistro in Kealekekua, Chef Giovanni Saffioti of Amici Bar & Grill in Kainaliu and Chef Lynn Sheehan of Holuakoa Gardens in Holualoa. Each of these restaurants is located along Kona’s coffee belt and proudly offers 100% Kona Coffee.
The judges noted, “With so many wonderful coffees demonstrating the rich floral taste and smoothness that characterizes Kona Coffee, the judging was difficult. In addition to the award winners, the judges congratulate all the farms that participated in this very unique community event.”
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