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Ka'u Maragogipe | Giant Elephant Bean

10 reviews

94 POINTS & TOP 30 COFFEE OF 2020!

  • Roast: 
  • Origin: Ka’u district
  • Tasting notes: explosive peach, bergamot, honey, hop flowers, jasmine, cherry; deep-toned and juicy.

Coffee Review blind assessment: Deep-toned, sweetly savory. White nectarine, narcissus, hop flowers, sandalwood, wild honey in aroma and cup. Richly sweet structure with gentle, round but engaging acidity; plush, syrupy mouthfeel. Richly bittersweet finish centered around honey and hop flowers in the short with nectarine notes returning in the long. 


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!


Notes: Produced on a small farm in the Ka’u growing region and processed by the wet, or washed method. Big Island Coffee is an award-winning coffee roaster and coffee farm operated with hands-on passion by Kelleigh Stewart and Brandon von Damitz.

Blind assessment: Deep-toned, sweetly savory. White nectarine, narcissus, hop flowers, sandalwood, wild honey in aroma and cup. Richly sweet structure with gentle, round but engaging acidity; plush, syrupy mouthfeel. Richly bittersweet finish centered around honey and hop flowers in the short with nectarine notes returning in the long. 

The bottom line: A beautiful expression of the giant Maragogipe variety of Arabica: rich, deep, and confident, with notes of wild honey and sweet stone fruit.


Please note: Orders may require 2-4 business days to fulfill based on order volume at the time. You may upgrade to priority shipping for faster fulfillment times.

Domestic USA

  • 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 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: $12.95
    1.1- 2 lb $15.95
    2.1-3 lb: $19.95
    3.1-4 lb: $26.95
    Over 4 lb: Please see quotes at checkout

    Everywhere else:
    Up to 1 lb: $17.95
    1.1- 2 lb $19.95
    2.1-3 lb: $24.95
    3.1-4 lb: $35.95
    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. If you choose not to


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    Only the best of the best comestibles are grown and prepared in their country/state of origin and they all taste as rich as their price. There are many fine coffee roasters around the World but most must import their beans from somewhere else. I buy ALL of my Hawaiian coffees from local roasters reviewed at and BICR's Maragogipe is my all-time favorite.

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    Extremely! Loved the big flavors

    Jose L.
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    regret that I did not order more of it before it sold out

    The Ka’u Giant Maragogipe might be the best coffee I’ve ever tasted. I regret that I did not order more of it before it sold out.

    Jack M.
    Very good coffee

    Like the coffee and the service.

    Luke C.
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    Smooth coffee

    I prefer a dark roast but I really like this coffee. Taste is excellent!!!

    Ross L.
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    Pickiest coffee drinker

    I fell in love all over again what an exceptional coffee, I had never tried it before nor heard about it until Big Island Roasters offered it the moment they announce it was available I immediately bought it. I really wanted to try it so soon as it arrived we ground some and had a couple cups WOW KA’U Giant Maragogpie / Giant Elephant Bean I was in awe we tried to buy more that day it was sold out Sad so Sad I can not wait for it to come back again it surpassed all coffee as the top, cream of the crop Big Island Roasters what an awesome job thank you for a slice of heaven.

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