With the borer beetle shortage this year, kona coffee is experiencing a shortage in supply. This means that, even if you find a farm that is selling kona coffee, the prices are usually higher than normal.
I’ve compiled a list of kona coffee suppliers here:
Many of the larger farms, like Koa and Greenwell, have been purchasing coffee from the smaller kona coffee farms in order to meet supply. It means that your best bet when it comes to getting coffee is to shop at the larger coffee farms.
Up here in Canada I tell people that I’m a kona coffee blogger. And usually, I get a dead stare: ‘kona coffee’? What’s that?
Here’s a hint: it’s not a style of roasting, or a kind of flavor. Instead it refers to the region of Hawaii where coffee is grown.
According to Kona Coffee Buzz’s article ‘What is Kona Coffee?’, the name refers to any coffee that is grown in the north and south Kona districts on the Big Island of Hawaii. All kona coffee is grown on a stretch of land only two miles long.
Link to article here:
Cool Facts about Kona Coffee:
Hawaii is the only coffee growing region in the United States.
All kona coffee is hand-picked, because harvesting machines can’t navigate the steep volcanic slope where the coffee is grown.
The coffee industry in Kona survived all these years because the owners of sugar cane plantations thought the area wasn’t ideal for sugar cane farms.
At first Kona was the only coffee growing region, but thanks to the collapse of the sugar cane industry in the 80’s/90’s, coffee plantations have appeared in the Ka’u District (south of Kona), Hilo (other side of the island), Maui, Moloka’i, and even Oahu!
Kona is grown on Kona Typica trees, which can trace their lineage back to Guatemala. But if you go even farther they can be traced back to the original coffee-producing Arabica trees in Ethiopia (the birthplace of coffee).
Welcome to my blog about Hawaiian coffee. After a recent trip to Hawaii (me and my girlfriend save up so we can go every year), I’ve decided to see if I can try every coffee that Hawaii has to offer. I have about twenty five coffees under my belt so far, which leaves me with about 60 varieties to choose from.
A lot of people ask me: which Hawaiian coffee is best? This may be the logical part of me, but I have a hard time answering it because no one is really qualified to answer it. I have tasted roughly 25 coffees, which puts me probably in the 95th percentile when it comes to experience with this coffee.
This is a good ‘getting started’ article for those looking to try out some Hawaii coffee (kona coffee in particular): http://www.konacoffeebuzz.com/best-kona-coffee-100?
I actually have a ‘wall of coffee’ that I’m building. I take the packages of each of the kona coffees I’ve sampled and put them on a wall. I came up with the idea after I’d already thrown away a few, so it is by no means ‘complete’.
this is a small section of it. I’ll post the whole wall soon!