Picked from coffee Arabica trees growing on the Big Island mountain of Hualalai, a mound of unroasted, green Kona coffee beans sits ready to be roasted. As one of the most expensive coffees in the world, this hill of beans is worth a few hundred dollars. Coffee, “Kope” in the Hawaiian language, was brought to the islands in the early 1800’s when farmers recognized the potential. The Kona mountain areas have just the right amount of rain, sun, and temperature differences to make exceptionally sweet coffees.
There are more than 800 Kona coffee farms in Hawaii producing more than two million pounds of green coffee a year. This product is one of Hawaii’s main revenue streams.
Burlap bags have been used in many countries for hundreds of years to hold coffee beans. These bags, hung on a drying rack, each wait to be filled with around 100 pounds of one of the world’s best coffee beans–100% Arabica from the Kona, Hawaii region. read more
The 10-day-long Kona Coffee Festival concludes with a street parade on Alii drive in downtown Kailua-Kona. Featured here is the HELCO (Hawaii Electric Light Company) train with engine, coal car, and caboose. read more
Most of us don’t really think about where our morning cup of coffee originates. Those who have had a cup of Kona coffee, though, have probably thought, “Wow, where did this come from?” read more
Kona Coffee is known as some of the best coffee on the planet. The unique growing environment on Hawaii’s Kona coast affords just the right conditions to add more flavor and sweetness than other areas. read more