Kona Coffee is Hawaii's coffee
October 16, 2008 9:20 PM • by Learn about Hawaii • Posted to Hawaii | Hawaii Facts | Hawaii Food | Hawaii History | Comments (602) | PermalinkKona Coffee started in the nineteenth century when Samuel Reverend Ruggles bought it to Kona. Kona Coffee is a gourmet coffee which can only be found in one place in the whole world and that is on the Island of the beautiful Hawaii on the Golden Kona Coast. Most Kona coffee farms are owned by the same kama'aina families for many generations.
It has been also said that this coffee blooms in the months of February and March. The small white flowers which cover the trees are called as Kona Snow. When the month of April comes, green berries appear on the trees. Then when August comes, cherries appear. Each tree will be handpicked many times between the months of August and January. An estimate of 20 to 30 pounds of cherries would be produced.
The Kona Coffee beans are classified according to seed type. These are as follows. Type I beans are consists of two beans per cherry, flat on one side, oval on the other. Type II beans consist of one round bean per cherry also known as pea berry. Additional consideration for these two types of beans already depends on size, moisture content, purity of bean type and size.
Type I Kona Coffee has the following types, Kona extra fancy, Kona Fancy, Kona Number 1 and Kona Prime. For the Type II Kona Coffee are Peaberry Number 1 and PeaBerry Prime. For lower grade coffee, it can not be anymore labeled as Kona.
Some retailers of Kona coffee are selling Kona Blends due to the infrequency and price of Kona Coffee. It was said that this blends usually contain only 10% Kona Coffee and 90% cheaper imported beans.
Only coffee from Kona districts can be considered and labeled as Kona. The weather pattern at Kona, like combination of sunny mornings, humid rainy afternoons and mild nights helps in creating great and favorable Kona Coffees that everybody will surely enjoy.