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.