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Ka'u Darkwood | 100% Ka'u Coffee

26 reviews
  • Tasting notes: Fudge, molasses, blackberry, vanilla, and spruce. 
  • Origin: 100% Ka'u coffee

  • Roast:


This dark roast Ka'u coffee is smooth, sweet, and versatile. It’s perfect for espresso, filter coffee, and even cold brew.

Darkwood is a daily favorite of our team for its rich, fudgy flavors and its full body. As a 100% Ka’u coffee blend from the Big Island, this dark roast is deep and complex.

The Ka’u Darkwood coffee is perfect both with and without milk, with enough boldness to shine through in a cappuccino or latte, as well as enough complexity and nuance to stand on its own.

Farms: various in the Clouds Rest region of Ka'u.

Varietal: typica, caturra Processing: washed

Perfect for: lovers of rich, warming coffees; delicious with dairy or without; cold-brew, French press, espresso

Cost per cup: $0.59 per espresso shot, $1.11 per cup, hand-harvested

Suggested brewing: Press pot. Use 16.5g of 395-400 F water to 1g coarse ground coffee. Bloom with 75g water for :30 then add remaining water and brew for an additional 3:00.


カウ ダークウッド

100% カウコーヒー

ロースト: ダーク

ティスティングノート: ファッジ、ナツメグ、ブラックベリー、豊かでスパイシー


FedEx 2Day delivery is free on orders over $49.00. Under $49, standard shipping rates are $5.95. 

Standard U.S. fulfillment and delivery times are 2 - 5 business days. Holiday fulfillment and delivery times vary, and can be 5 - 10 days. 

Upgrade to priority shipping for faster fulfillment times.


  • FedEx Priority (1 - 3 business days) $14.50*
  • FedEx Standard (2 - 4 business days) $9.50*
  • Order value over $49: Free FedEx Standard upgrade (3 - 5 business days)
  • Order value under $49: $5.95 USPS (3 - 6 business days)


  • FedEx Priority (2 - 4 business days) $16.50*
  • FedEx Standard (3 - 5 business days) $10.50*
  • Order value over $49: Free FedEx upgrade (4 - 6 business days)
  • Order value under $49: $5.95 USPS (4 - 7 business days)

* Upgraded FedEx shipping may be purchased at the time of checkout. This prioritizes your shipment in the queue.

International Shipping

International shipping is available to most locations via USPS, FedEx or UPS. Listed rates do not customs duties and taxes.

Up to 1 lb: $11.95
1.1- 2 lb $14.95
2.1-3 lb: $17.95
3.1-4 lb: $25.95
Over 4 lb: Please see quotes at checkout

Everywhere else:

Up to 1 lb: $16.95
1.1- 2 lb $18.95
2.1-3 lb: $25.95
3.1-4 lb: $37.95
Over 4 lb: Please see quotes at checkout


Orders are roasted Sunday-Thursday and shipped Monday-Friday. Roast dates are applied to your order.

We cannot ship Fedex packages on Friday, Saturdays nor Sunday.


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.


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.

COVID UPDATE: We are not responsible for the tracking or delivery of packages once they leave our facility and are in the hands of the carrier. Carriers are experiencing record volumes and transit times may change based on conditions at the time. We are not responsible for packages that are delayed or changes in transit time due to Acts of God. However, if your package fails to arrive or disappears en route, please contact our team.


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.


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  • How did you brew this coffee? Espresso, Americano, Cold Brew

Kau Darkwood

The coffee has great body and taste; we love it and or customers love it!

Robert F.
United States United States
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  • How did you brew this coffee? K-cup adapter.

Like a vacation in every cup

The KA'U Darkwood is so delicious. It's deep, complex and dark. And so so fulfilling. We just love it!

Michael K.
United States United States
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Best coffee ♡

I have to say this is so delicious. I usually let this steep overnight for about 12〜14 hours . I mix some caramel syrup and pour some cold foam over the coffee It’s amazing taste ! If you like cold brew then I highly recommend this coffee !!! 

Erika A.
United States United States

Big Island Coffee Roasters

Love this! Mahalo Erika!

I recommend this product
  • How did you brew this coffee? We used a drip coffee pot

Ka;a dark roast

We are very pleased with the coffee. it brews up so smooth tasting.

Jacky H.
United States United States
I recommend this product
  • How did you brew this coffee? A European style drip coffee maker.

Great full bodied flavor

I prefer a dark roast, full bodied flavor coffee and Ka'u Darkwood more than fits the bill. It is definitely one of my favorite go-to coffees for a perfect cup of morning coffee.

Kenneth P.
United States United States
I recommend this product
  • How did you brew this coffee? French Press

Trying Different Things

I'm relatively new to "good" coffee and have been trying a lot of different coffees. I have been shying away from dark roast, because I wanted to visit the less bitter side of the coffee world. The notes for Ka'u Darkwood said "not burnt" and that sounded interesting. I have liked everything I have tried from Big Island Roasters, so I thought I'd give it a shot. Glad I did. Definitely not burnt, and maybe in my "Goldilocks" zone as far as bitterness goes. After trying this, I may stay with the dark roasts for another round, and try Stout Dark Heart, but Ka'u Darkwood is one that I will definitely buy again.

Thomas H.
United States United States

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