Kona coffee may be more perfectly proportioned than any other coffee bean. This balance comes from Hawaii's famous afternoon shade, that protects the coffee plants from the hot tropical sun. Kona offers a clean, mild, mellow coffee with just enough acidity to round off the cup. Kona coffees are not all the same. They require "cupping" to determine their quality, just like every other coffee. Also, once you find a source, you must make certain that it's the pure, real deal - like we have here: Kona Pure!
Beware: Some companies use Kona as a blender. This means they may be using the magic word "KONA", in a blend that carries a fancy price tag while it only carries a few beans of real Kona. This doesn't necessarily mean a bad cup. It's just NOT the same as real Kona Pure. SO! Just make sure that you are getting the real article if you're going to pony up the high price tag.
WHAT DOES OUR IMPORTER ABOUT SAY ABOUT HAWAIIAN KONA COFFEE?
Hawaiian coffees are grown on new (geologically speaking) volcanic soil in a tropical paradise that is cooled by a gentle Kona breeze. These perfect conditions produce a coffee that is equally perfect in many aspects.
Hawaiian coffees are the epitome of balance. Coffee from these lovely islands is clean, mild with a nice hint of milk chocolate, and just enough fruit and acidity to round out the cup.
These are not extreme cups, by any means or measure. Delicate, delicate, delicate is the key, and due to the very limited supply, and thus high prices of Hawaiian coffees, we diligently cup Hawaiians to find that perfect mild cup, and not a cup of blandness that is often paraded as Hawaiian coffee.
A final note here, and I hate to say it, because of my mantra, "Quality is in the cup" but Hawaiian coffee beans are beautiful when roasted. They roast up with nice smooth color, are perfectly shaped, and absolutely uniform! Now, I've said it, and I feel a bit ashamed. However, if I ever made a roasted coffee display, I would use Hawaiians.
Geographic Coordinates: 20 00, 156 00 W
Cup Profile: Mellow and Balanced
Currency: U.S. Dollar
Language: English, Hawaiian
Ethnic Groups: NA
Production: (millions lbs.) NA
Exports (millions lbs.) NA
Botanical Varieties: Typica, Yellow Catuai, Blue Mountain
Growing Regions: Kona, Kauai, Maui, Molokai, Oahu
Wet Processed: Yes
Dry Processed: NA
Altitude: Meters 250-750
Introduced: Coffee Trees arrived in Hawaii in the early 1800’s. The British warship H.M.S. Blonde brought coffee trees, to Hawaii, from Brazil in 1825. Chief Boki, Governor of Oahu, had acquired coffee trees in Rio de Janeiro, on his way back from London.
Harvest: Times Nov-Mar