How it Started
Coffee Arrives in Hawaii
Coffee trees were first imported to the Big Island around 1825. There is some question about whether there may have been earlier attempts import coffee trees. If so, these attempts were not successful. Over the following years, coffee growers faced many hardships. Among the problems were plant disease, insect infestations and price fluctuations.
Because coffee production is labor intensive, there were periods that it was difficult to find enough laborers to harvest the coffee beans. However, production persevered and spread. Today Hawaiian Kona coffee is a major cash crop for the Big Island of Hawaii.
The Kona Region – Kona Coffee
Today Arabica Beans harvested in a narrow strip of land approximately 3 miles wide and 30 miles long are known as “Kona Coffee Beans.” Only beans harvested in this area can be called KONA COFFEE. It is cultivated on the slopes of Hualalai and Mauna Loa in the North and South Kona Districts of the Big Island of Hawaii. It is hand-picked, pulped, dried, hulled before being graded and roasted.
There are many commercial Big Island Coffee Plantations here, but small family farms also provide much of the Kona Coffee grown here. Some of the family farms are less than 5 acres and produce enough coffee beans to generate income for the owner.
The Ideal Environment
Although coffee is cultivated on many areas of the Big Island, the Kona coffee is renowned for its flavor and consistency.
The climate of this area is known for its bright sunny morning, humid rainy afternoons and mild evenings. This the ideal climate for coffee production.
The elevation is also an important factor in the flavor of the coffee. In the Kona the plantations are usually located between 500 Ft. and 3000 Ft. above sea level. Freezing temps at this altitude are unheard-of.
Finally, the well drained acidic volcanic soil of the mountainsides allows the plants to thrive and produce this unique Kona Hawaiian Coffee.
Kona Coffee Ratings
Kona Coffee is prized around the world for its flavor and fragrance. Kona coffee is known for it’s low acidity and mild taste. It is not uncommon for Kona Coffee to be rated 95 to 97 on a scale of 0 to 100. This reputation has caused Premium Kona Coffee to become one of the more expensive coffees in the world. But many coffee aficionados believe its well worth it.
A word of caution, some coffee distributors offer a Kona Coffee Blend, to enjoy the real flavor, we do not recommend anything other than 100% Kona Coffee. If you have any questions about Kona Coffee please contact us through our comments section. We’ll be glad to help.
You Have to Try It
We want to encourage you to try Kona Coffee. It is one of our favorites from around the world. We are sure you’re going to love it. Just click on the link https://myhawaiiankona.com/myhawaiiankona-com-home-page/ to go directly to the home page to 100% Kona Coffee from the Distributor we recommend.
Oh and if you are ever in Hawaii, we recommend that you make plans to tour one of the 600 plantations in Kona-Kailua. We have toured several farms and thoroughly enjoyed our visits. These tours are very interesting and the producers love to inform visitors about the process involved.