Roasting Kona Coffee

Roasting Kona Coffee

Now that we’ve learned how Kona coffee is grown, harvested and processed, it’s time to learn about roasting Kona Coffee, and what the different types of roasts entail. While a coffee’s origin has a significant influence over its flavor, the roasting...
50 Years Ago in Hawaii

50 Years Ago in Hawaii

Hawaii (and the rest of the world) was a very different place back in the late ‘60’s – with air travel booming and surf culture gaining popularity, Hawaii was the place to be. Tourism replaced the sugar and pineapple industries as major revenue producers and...
Processing Kona Coffee

Processing Kona Coffee

Now that we know more about growing conditions and how Kona coffee cherries are harvested, we can move on to the next stage: coffee processing. There is a lot to do before the beans are roasted and your cup of coffee is ready! There are two common methods for...
Harvesting Kona Coffee

Harvesting Kona Coffee

The aloha state is home to almost a thousand coffee farms combined, with the majority being located on the island of Hawaii (commonly referred to as the big island). Millions of pounds of coffee are produced each year, with farms in Hawaii carrying on the rich...
Growing Kona Coffee in Hawaii

Growing Kona Coffee in Hawaii

What is Kona coffee? Kona coffee refers to coffee that has been grown in the Kona region of the island of Hawaii – commonly referred to as the “Big Island”. With a rich history of generational farming and unique volcanic terrain, Kona is one of the...
Kona Coffee – Why So Expensive?

Kona Coffee – Why So Expensive?

One of the most common questions people ask about Kona Coffee is “Why so expensive?!” 3 reasons. Listed backwards, talk-show style. #3. The Kona Coffee Belt is very small The Kona Coffee Belt is a tiny bit of land less than 1 mile wide and around 30 miles long. Only...
Coffee in Hawaii. A King’s Final Legacy.

Coffee in Hawaii. A King’s Final Legacy.

In 1813 Don Francisco de Paula Marin, “Hawaii’s Original Farmer” planted the first coffee seedlings in Oahu. A distinguished horticulturist, he served King Kamehameha I as a personal physician, interpreter and accountant. Sadly, those first seedlings...