HATERUMA ISLAND WHOLE CANE - "Kokuto" or "Black Sugar"
One of the most difficult to acquire unrefined sugars we carry also happens to be the most nuanced and interestingly flavored. Though produced in a similar handcrafted fashion as the other unrefined cane sugars, the effect of the climate of the island is maybe the most pronounced. You can almost taste the sea breeze that flows through the tiny island of Hateruma, located in the numerable stretch of islands that makes up Japan's Okinawa Perfuncture. Only inhabited by around 500 people, most of whom work to produce this sugar, Hateruma Island is just one of seven islands in Okinawa that produce an unrefined sugar, though theirs is considered the highest quality.