Hawaii is known for beautiful beaches, surfing, volcanoes, delicious food and Kona Coffee! Hawaii is the only state in the United States of America that is able to grow coffee plants commercially. The State of Hawaii produces about 9 million pounds of coffee per year. About 93% of the total acreage devoted to coffee planting in Hawaii is located in Kona on the Big Island.
Kona coffee is grown on the slopes of Hualalai and Mauna Loa on the Big Island of Hawaii. The weather combined with porous, mineral rich volcanic soil, and high altitude creates ideal coffee growing conditions. Kona coffee beans are hand picked. Each bean is inspected as it is picked. This meticulous process insures that only cherries at peak maturity are harvested. Kona coffee blooms in February and March as small white flowers cover the tree. Green berries appear in April. By late August, red fruit, called “cherry” begin to ripen for picking. Each tree will be picked several times between August and January since the cherries do not ripen at the same time. Each tree provides around 15 pounds of cherry, which results in about 2 pounds of roasted coffee.
Today Kona coffee is regarded as one of the finest gourmet coffees in the world. The Kona Coffee Belt is about 20 miles long and 2 miles wide. There are over 600 coffee farms in Kona. Most are small (usually 3-7 acres) and family owned. One of the missions of the Hawaii Tours Traveling Trio while in Kona was to enjoy 100% Kona coffee. We were at a meeting at Hawaii Forest and Trail and noticed Kona Coffee & Tea Company located in the nearby shopping center. We headed over there and enjoyed some samples. Kona coffee has a soft yet full-bodied taste. The employees were very helpful and we bought several different types of 100% Kona Coffee to take home. They even shipped some directly for us! Be sure to check out their website! You can even buy from Kona Coffee & Tea Company online!
Hawaii Tours Traveling Trio Travel Trip: When purchasing Kona Coffee be sure it is labeled 100% Kona Coffee. Many stores sell coffee labeled 10% Kona Coffee – be sure to avoid those blends.
On our last day in Kona we knew we needed to take advantage of the delicious Kona Coffee one more time so we stopped by Kona De Pele Café in Kona’s Coconut Grove Marketplace. This was one of the best cups of coffee I have ever had!
If you are going to be in Kona you must try 100% Kona Coffee! You may never look at your Starbucks the same again!If you are not a coffee drinker but still want to take home a taste of Hawaii be sure to check out Hawaii Pineapples delivered to your hotel – a quick and easy way to get airport ready pineapples from Hawaii Discount. They can also ship directly to your home! These pineapples are grown on the North Shore of Oahu and are a great way to enjoy Hawaii when you are back home!
What is your favorite treat to bring home from Hawaii?