How Kona Coffee is Graded

How Kona Coffee is Graded

Kona Peaberry – Best of the Best

Peaberry is actually an anomaly in which only one half of the bean becomes germinated. This singular development results in a smaller round berry, rather than the typical flat double berry. It occurs in only 3% to 5% of the average crop. Because it is rarest, it is the most expensive, Peaberry is said to produce the most robust flavor of all Kona Coffees.

Kona Extra Fancy

Extra Fancy Grade includes only the largest beans. These beans are somewhat rare and comprise about 20% of the harvest. They are known for their smooth, mild flavor. Many coffee lovers prefer the Extra Fancy grade to serve to their guests.

Kona Fancy

Fancy Grade is derived from slightly smaller beans. Fancy Grade is a quality grade and is similar to Extra Fancy Grade but has a more robust flavor. It retains the smoothness for which Kona Coffee is famous

Kona Number 1

Kona Number 1 is made up of medium size beans. It has a stronger, more robust flavor but retains the characteristics Kona mildness. It is normally used for commercial grade sales.

Kona Prime

Kona Prime is the smallest of all the Kona Coffee beans. This grade is not as smooth or mild as the higher grades but is still maintains a very good flavor. It is considered the lowest grade of coffee to be certified as Kona Coffee.

Kona Select or Estate Grade

Kona Select consists of coffee beans that have not been sorted by size. It contains all the above grades of beans. This grade is usually less expensive than the other grades.

Off Grade

These are beans that do not meet the standards of the higher grades of coffee beans. This grade cannot be certified as Kona Coffee but rather Hawaiian Coffee.

What to Buy

As with most things, the better the quality – the higher the price. In our opinion a great grade to start with is the Kona Extra Fancy. One option is to try a gift pack that consists of several different products. Our recommended supplier is KOA COFFEE. We have provided a link below.

If you have any questions or comments, please send us a note.

Wayne & Sharon

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Wayne and Sharon have be blessed to travel to various islands in the State of Hawaii. They have found that each island is unique with geographical and cultural differences. They have three children and seven grandchildren. They enjoy introducing their family and friends to the Hawaii they have come to love.

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