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Be adventurous today with our Hawaiian Kona Coffee, a beverage recognised as the only one of its kind to be grown in any part of USA. The name “Hawaiian Kona” can only be given to coffees grown in the Kona distinct, many of which are known to be the most sought-after coffees in the world. Located in the south west of the main island, the volcanic soils and a superb microclimate offer ideal conditions for the coffee beans.
Our Kona is medium-roasted, has a medium body and a lovely, rich flavour. It is highly aromatic and extremely popular; a great cup of coffee through and through. Our coffees, no matter the country of origin, are roasted with the latest state-of-the-art Neuhaus Neotec fluidised air-bed system, which primarily uses convection heat transfer to roast the coffee. This process allows for the character of the coffee to prevail, enjoyed with every sip.
The Hawaiian Coffee Industry was kickstarted in 1825 when coffee beans and plant cuttings were brought over from Brazil to Oahu. Coffee was quick to flourish across the landscape and in time, all of the islands were growing coffee plants and harvesting beans. By 1828, Kona Coffee Beans were grown successfully on Hawaii’s largest island. Popularity spread almost as fast as the beans were growing.
At the 1873 World’s Fair in Vienna, an award for excellence was given to a Kona Coffee trader named Henry Nicholas Greenwell, a pioneering Coffee Merchant. This recognition of Kona Coffee continued to increase its reputation as a high-quality beverage.
The first blow to Hawaii’s Coffee Industry occurred in 1898 when the islands were annexed by the United States of America. The elimination of tariffs resulted in higher profits for Hawaii’s sugarcane industry to the demise of coffee. In 1899 coffee covered an estimated 6,000 acres of Hawaiian land but the increased value of sugarcane and the oversupply of coffee saw investors switching their money from coffee to sugar. By the dawn of the 20th Century, most large coffee plantations had disappeared leaving only a few smallholder farmers, many of whom Japanese immigrant families, to attempt to revive Hawaii’s coffee industry.
The outbreak of the First World War in 1914, then America’s entry into the war in April 1917 brought about new opportunities for the Industry. Hawaiian Coffee of this time was produced predominantly for the U.S. Army. The Second World War led to another rise in its demand and then again during the Korean War.
Kona Coffee Beans were, and still are, grown mostly on small family farms. At the peak of production in the 1950’s, there were 6,000 acres of coffee on the “Big” Island alone. On average, this yielded 17 million pounds of Kona coffee annually, the largest of any coffee region in the world at that time. However, changes in market demand, pricing, and labour costs resulted in its decline from the 1960’s. The 1980’s brought about a fresh start for Hawaiian Kona as the gourmet coffee tend took off.
Today, Hawaiian Kona Coffee is grown only on about 600 farms on the slopes of the Mauna Loa volcano, just upland from the town of Kona on the “Big” Island. It is in high demand and short supply so be sure to buy now while our precious stocks last!
- Caffeine LevelMedium
- Time of DayBreakfast, Afternoon, Evening
- CountryMore Than One Origin