Ka'u Maragogipe | Giant Elephant Bean


Tasting notes: ripe peach, bergamot, cream soda, cherry, jasmine

medium       Origin: Ka’u District, Big Island


We're thrilled! For the first time, we can share Ka'u Maragogipe with you. In the past there just hasn't been enough to go around.

When we were given the opportunity to harvest and process maragogipe in 2013, we didn't hesitate. Though very challenging to roast properly, what manifested in the cup really blew us away. It was big on structure and body with bright, juicy notes of stone fruit, citrus and florals, and plenty of sweetness. We fell in love. 

Maragogipe has been planted in a handful of farms across the Hawaii islands, most notably in the Ka'u district, but usually planted in very low numbers and scattered amongst the more dominant varietals like typica and caturra. So, one day, while getting a coffee delivery from a Ka'u farmer we buy from regularly he says, "Hey, I've got something in my truck I want you to take a look at." He comes back with a small bag containing very large parchment coffee. I say excitedly, "Oooo! You've got maragogipe! Yep, we'll buy it all." 

In the cup, expect redolent notes of peach, tea, and floral fruitiness carried by a big, bright, juicy structure. 

In case you're wondering about the origins of this particular coffee, maragogipe is actually a mutation of typica that was first identified in 1870 in the Brazilian city of Maragogipe. It's often referred to as "elephant bean" coffee. For over a century, it was considered an inferior varietal as its low yield and rust susceptibility made it unfavorable compared to more common varietals. Researchers in Central America began hybridizing maragogipe with other coffees in the 1970s, most notably pacamara (pacas x maragogipe) and maracaturra (caturra x maragogipe). When roasted properly, this is one of our all-time favorite Hawaiian coffees!


Orders are roasted Monday-Thursday and ship Tuesday-Friday.

Coffee orders may take 1-3 days to process based volume at the time. 

FedEx orders are prioritized, roasted immediately, and ship M-F (we cannot Fedex packages on Saturdays nor offer Saturday delivery).
When free shipping is your elected service, we may ship via USPS First Class, Priority, FedEx or UPS. 

Roast dates are applied to your order.

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Because Espresso Bites are made without stabilizers or preservatives, they may bloom or melt when shipping temperatures exceed 80 F.  If this is a concern in your location please select FedEx shipping. 

If you notice a white color to your bar, it's perfectly safe to eat! This happens when the cocoa butter softens and migrates to the surface. It happens more often when shipping in warm weather. Learn more about blooming.

Espresso Bites that melt or bloom when shipped via FedEx are eligible for a full refund or credit.

Espresso Bites that melt or bloom when the buyer elects Free Shipping or standard USPS are eligible for a credit.

If your order is incorrect or damaged in any way, please email us at hello@bigislandcoffeeroasters.com with your order number within 5 days of receiving your order.

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International shipping is available to most locations. Rates will be visible at checkout, and may include customs duties and taxes. 


If your coffees arrive damaged, please send a photo of the box in the condition you received it within 5 days to aloha@bigislandcoffeeroasters.com

If your order is wrong please contact us within 5 days of receiving and we'll gladly provide a refund or credit.

If you suspect there's an error with your order, contact us immediately. We may request you mail it back for inspection:

Big Island Coffee Roasters, PO BOX 400, Mountain View, HI 96771

Once your return is received and inspected, we will send you an email to notify you that we have received your returned item. We will also notify you of the approval or rejection of your refund. 

Please note: Only regular priced items may be refunded, unfortunately sale items cannot be refunded. 

We cannot provide refunds on 5 lb bags of roasted coffee. 


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See those bubbles? When your coffee blooms with bubbles it’s a sign that it’s been recently roasted. The fresher the coffee, the more intensity you’ll get because great flavors and aromas fade over time.

☛ Our coffees are roasted-to-order each week, then packaged and shipped immediately, and arrive with the roast dates stamped on the bag.