In life one of the greatest pleasures is that first cup of coffee in the morning. Coffee comes in so many varieties and variations you will never be able to taste them all. But if I am able to recommend one kind to you, let it be Kona Coffee.
Kona Coffee is the brand name of coffee grown on the hillsides of Hualalai and Mauna Loa in the North and South Kona Districts of the big Island of Hawaii. It’s said to be one of the most expensive coffees in the world. No other coffee can be called “Kona”, unless it’s grown in the Kona Districts.
The Kona Districts weather is one of sunny mornings with gentle clouds and rains in the afternoon. Combine this with the rich, hard packed, volcanic soil and you have perfect conditions for growing some great coffee. The sub-tropical climate is perfect for growing coffee.
Coffee was not native to Hawaii. It was brought there in 1828 by Samuel Reverend Ruggles, from Brazilian seedlings. English trader, Henry Nicholas Greenwell came to the area and established the Kona brand of exceptional coffee. There are 800 Kona family farms averaging 5 acres each. With only 2,290 acres of production, only 2 million pounds of coffee are produced every year.
kona beans coffee being in short supply for world demand cause prices to be high. One pound of whole coffee beans goes for $25 per pound. But because of it’s exceptionalness, it’s worth every penny.
When traveling to Hawaii be sure to stop in to one the many small farms that sells the coffee. You will find a family run farm with the mother, father and children all working on the harvesting and processing of the coffee beans. This is one of the reasons the coffee is so good. Not being a big business allows for the quality to come through.
What does it taste like? If your ever lucky enough to sample some Kona coffee you will find it be creamy, smooth, and sweet. It is medium bodied with a balanced, but not sharp taste. It has a hint of chocolate without being to over done. I am describing real 100% Kona coffee, not a Kona blend.
Because of its rarity and price, some stores sell “Kona Blends”. These are not a mixture of different Kona coffees, they are a blend of Kona and Brazilian or Columbian coffees. They only contain 10% Kona coffee and 90% inferior blends. With only 10% Coffee in the blend, do you really think you will be tasting the real deal. If you want to buy pure Kona coffee the label must read “100% Kona Coffee”.