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Ka'u Lehua Black Honey | 100% Ka'u Coffee, Black Honey Process


Tasting notes: Dates, black currant, tamarind syrup, cedar, leather; syrupy, aromatic, and a lingering intensity
Origin: 100% Ka'u coffee 
Process: Black honey process 



Before milling and roasting, this black honey Ka'u coffee is sticky like caramel corn. That's because the thick pectin from the coffee pulp is sun-dried onto parchment (coffees' outer shell). It's cured onto the parchment for several weeks before it's ready to roast and ship to you.

You could imagine the black honey process like sun-drying a thin jam on the outer shell of coffee parchment over 20-30 days. The dried pulp infuses a depth and dimension to the bean.

Red and black honey processed coffees are notorious for making exceptional espressos because they have a creamy or syrupy mouthfeel, a hint of fruit, and lower perceived acidity. They are fuller-bodied and sweet over having defined clarity and acidity. 

Of the honey processed coffees, Black honeyed coffees are the most labor-intensive and difficult to perform. Like natural processed coffees, most of the mucilage (a.k.a. coffee pulp) is still intact, meaning that drying times are extended. For a farmer, longer drying times equal more work and more risk. 

The trade-off is that this method can bring out an amazing complexity and a depth of flavors. Black honeyed coffees tend to be full-bodied, sweet with fruit-forward undertones and balanced acidity.

Recommended brewing: Espresso, Aeropress, or French Press.


Orders are roasted Sunday-Thursday and shipped Monday-Friday. Roast dates are applied to your order.
  • U.S.P.S. Flat Rate is $5 and arrives within 5- 10 business days.
  • FedEx 2Day delivery is free on orders over $49. Upgraded priority shipping may be purchased at the time of checkout.
We cannot ship Fedex packages on Saturdays nor offer Saturday delivery.


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 with your order number within 7 days of receiving your order.


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


We stand behind the quality of all our coffees and want nothing more than for you to love them.

Please consider your preferences and ensure the coffee(s) you order align with those preferences. For example, if you love dark roasts, we strongly advise you only order dark roasts.

If you're dissatisfied with any of our coffees, please reach out to us at within 7 days of receipt and we'll do our best to find the right coffee for you. Please note that we do not provide refunds or returns for perishable products.

If your coffees arrive damaged, please send a photo of the box in the condition you received it within 7 days to We'll send a replacement.

If you receive the wrong items, please contact us within 7 days of receipt and we'll gladly provide a replacement or credit. We may request you mail it back for inspection and assessment.


We offer a 5% discount on auto-renew products. In order to be eligible for the discount, we require two shipments. You may swap to a second product if you are not satisfied with the first. This policy is to deter individuals from purchasing a subscription for a single shipment solely for discounts.


All merchandise and non-perishable, non-coffee items may be returned or exchanged within 14 days of receipt. Please reach out to us at and our team will be happy to facilitate. To be eligible for a full refund, items must be in original packaging and in new condition. Please include your full name and order number with the return.

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. Sale items cannot be refunded.

Roasted coffees are not eligible for refund. If you choose not to


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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.