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Did You Know These Kona Coffee Facts?

Cup of Kona Coffee with biscotti

Kona Coffee facts – If you enjoy java, you need to know these facts

Kona Coffee Trees
Kona Coffee Trees

Here are some Kona Coffee facts and information about Kona, Hawaii.  The “Kona” in Kona coffee refers to a place in Hawaii.  Kona, Hawaii is a beautiful small town beyond just growing coffee.  Kona is on the Big Island of Hawaii.  On the leeward side of the island.

Therefore, Kona coffee is a special variety of coffee and is known the world over.  The coffee grows on the west slopes of Hualalai and Mauna Loa Mountains, on the “lee” of the island. On the leeward side of the mountain slopes there is a special combination of weather and terrain.  These things that are unique to this region of Hawaii and Kona especially.   Its taste and qualities have made it one of the most sought-after coffees in world.  There are other Hawaiian coffees, but there is only one Kona coffee. The natives Hawaiians call coffee kope, pronounced “co-peh”.
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Processing Kona Coffee Beans

Drying coffee on a hoshidana


Processing Kona coffee beans, from harvesting the cherries on the trees to roasting the beans, is an extremely labor-intensive process. Coffee cherries, red when they’re at the peak of their maturity, are picked by hand from the months of late August to January. The cherries are fermented and washed in clean, fresh water. Then wet milling separates the beans from the outer skin. The beans are then dried. Next they are dry milled to separate the parchment skin from the green beans. And finally the green beans are roasted and bagged.
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Kona Coffee Blends — Know What You’re Drinking

Fresh brewed Kona Coffee in the cup with fresh roasted beans

Pure Kona Coffee beats a Kona blend every time!

For the best coffee drinking experience, drink 100% Pure Kona Coffee – not a blend of Kona beans and beans from other origins. There’s no mistaking pure Kona coffee. For coffee drinkers, there is nothing like pure Kona coffee, but consumers should know about the different Kona coffee blends.

The difference is in the taste – buyer beware of Kona Coffee blends!

100% Pure Kona Coffee label
Be Sure it is 100% Kona.

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Decaffeinated Kona Coffee – The natural decaf

100% Pure Kona decaffeinated coffee

Not all decaffeinated coffee is the same  

Not all decaf coffee is the same. Dramatic flavor changes occur depending on the decaffeination process. We use carbon dioxide (CO2) to naturally decaffeinate our Kona coffee.  The taste results are far superior to other methods.  Keep the flavor – lose the caffeine.
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Is Your Coffee Pure Kona — or a Kona Coffee Blend?

100% Pure Kona Coffee Beans - direct from Kona.

Why your Kona Coffee might not be Pure Kona Coffee — but a Kona Coffee Blend!

“Blended” Kona Coffee?

A Kona coffee blend may not mean what you think it might mean.

Do you think it’s a melange of beans from Kona? You’d be wrong,  In this case, a Kona coffee “blend” is a coffee made up from other regions — and the lowest quantity might be Kona coffee. These other coffees in a blend are often from plantations far from Kona, or even Hawaii, for that matter.

The minimal amount of Kona Coffee is added to satisfy labeling requirements. In many cases, these blends take away from the enjoyment of drinking a pure cup of Kona coffee. Also, they may use substandard beans.

Why are blends so popular among manufacturers?

Kona coffee is one of the most expensive coffees available. Raw coffee bean — or green coffee beans — are often six times more expensive than other kinds of beans. A Kona coffee blend is a way for big coffee makers to capitalize on the Kona coffee name for cheap.

A Kona coffee blend takes away from the taste of what little Kona coffee is in the bag. Common Brazilian and Columbian coffee varieties make up 90 percent of the bag of a blend. Actual amount of Kona coffee? Ten percent.

100% Pure Kona Coffee direct from Kona, Hawaii
100% Pure Kona Coffee direct from Kona, Hawaii

In an attempt to safeguard their name, Kona coffee farmers have sued companies claiming to sell Kona coffee. They’ve also sought out federal protection of the Kona name, but larger coffee manufacturers have thwarted those efforts.

In response, Kona coffee farmers banded together to form trade organizations like the Kona Coffee Council. The primary mission of these groups is to ensure consumers buy real Kona coffee. In addition, they educate coffee drinkers at trade shows. These shows  familiarize the world with the unique taste of Kona coffee.

Kona also is host to the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival, a 10-day event held in November to celebrate Hawaii’s favorite crop. Events include art exhibits, coffee farm tours, parades , coffee picking, cupping competitions as well the crowning of Miss Kona Coffee.

Avoid “blends” if you want to experience real Kona coffee. Seek out and buy nothing less than 100 percent pure Kona coffee.

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How to store Kona Beans – extend the shelf life

Roasted Coffee Beans

Store your fresh roasted Kona Coffee properly to maximize flavor and freshness.

Store your coffee in the specially designed resealable, one-way valved bags to extend the shelf life of your Kona coffee
Your coffee arrives in a specially designed bag.

Store your coffee in the bag it arrives in. Your Kona Coffee arrives packed in a one-way valved bag. This valve is specially designed to let the natural gasses of your fresh roasted coffee escape, while not letting oxygen in.
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Kona Coffee Farms in the State of Hawaii

Kona Coffee Plantation

A Complete List of Kona Coffee Farms

There’s nothing like visiting Kona coffee farms if you’re looking for a complete coffee experience when you visit Hawaii.  Unless you’ve flown direct to Kona, you’ll probably have to take an interisland flight to the Big Island of Hawaii. The Kona International Airport is located outside the town at Keahole Point. If you’re in Hilo, you can drive to Kona, but it takes about two and half hours (one way) to get there on the old scenic roads.
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