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100% Kona Coffee - What Makes It So Unique?

by Adriana Contreras 20 Mar 2020 0 Comments

Naturally, High Quality and Extra Care Result in a Gourmet Coffee. Most Kona coffee is graded Prime or better because of the climate, the careful hand-cultivation, and the wet-method processing used throughout the region.

Like fine vintage wines, our 100% Kona coffee is a distinguished coffee flavor farmed meticulously. The result is a coffee with a delicate yet flavorful and rich aroma, a favorite product among coffee drinking societies worldwide. This excellent quality has made Kona coffee one of the two most highly valued coffees in the world.

Kona Coffee Growing Region

Kona is the exceptional coffee grown on Kona's dark volcanic lava rock slopes, with enviable consistent quality. On the west coast of Hawaii Island (also known as The Big Island), Kona has produced coffee continuously since the early 1800s. The Kona name only applies to beans grown in North and South Kona, and Hawaiian Kona Coffee, grown elsewhere, cannot be called Kona coffee.

The Perfect Climate

Coffee requires a particular combination of sun, soil, and water and is successfully grown in only a limited number of locations worldwide. The bright sunny mornings, humid rainy afternoons, and mild nights create perfect growing conditions for exotic plants to flourish. The coffee plants thrive on the rocky volcanic land and mild frost-free temperatures.

Small Independent Farms

The Kona region contains approximately 600 independent coffee farms. The majority are small; usually, three to seven acres in size and most are family owned.

Hand-Picked, Meticulously Cultivated Coffee

Coffee cultivation is more labor-intensive in Kona than in most other areas. From August to January, the Kona coffee farmer is only focused on bringing in the red ripe coffee cherry beans, processing the cherries into coffee beans, and preparing for the sale or storage of their coffee. Hand-picking is a meticulous process that ensures that only cherries at peak maturity are harvested. Since the cherries do not ripen simultaneously, the trees will be picked several times throughout the season.

Pride of Production

Many Kona coffee farmers sell the fresh coffee cherry to Kona processors, but there is a recent movement for farmers to manage the rest of the production up to roasting.

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