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Have a cup of "O": Hawaii coffee honors Obama

Hawaii_coffee_honors_ObamaBarack Obama hasn’t taken over the Oval Office yet but his legacy is already brewing.
Inspired by the President-elect, Big Island coffee company Kona Joe Coffee has created Barack O Blend—a blend of Indonesian, Kenyan and Hawaiian coffees meant to reflect places and cultures that were a part of Obama’s upbringing.

“I followed his campaign very closely,” says coffee farmer and Kona Joe owner Deepa Tiare Alban. “I thought it would be great to create a coffee that traced his roots. Everything just fell into place.”

Obama’s background reflected several superior coffee growing regions. Bringing together the three coffees required a bit of work, says Alban.

Indonesian-grown Sumatran coffee is known for its powerful notes. Kenyan has a bright acidity. The inclusion of the smoother Kona toned down the distinct flavors of the other coffees, while marrying the blend together.

It took a bit of tinkering, but the result, we're told, is a well-balanced cup our future president might be pleased to wake up with in the White House.

Barack O Blend is available for shipping and may even arrive at your door just in time for inauguration night next Tuesday. Click here to buy a bag or two for yourself.

Otherwise it can be found in AAFES military stores around Hawaii. It will be available in most grocery stores in the coming months.

Check out these related HawaiiMagazine.com posts:
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