What is so special about Kona Coffee? Where to buy Kona Coffee? What is Kona Coffee actually? These questions sound familiar? You can sit back and relax, I’m about to tell you all about it.
Let’s start from the very top. Kona Coffee is special arabica Coffee bean that grows in Hawaii. The beans are cultivated specifically on the slopes of Hualalai and Mauna Loa, situated in the north and south Kona Districts on the Big Island of Hawaii. Only the beans grown there can be called Kona beans, or Kona Coffee.
Sure, you’ll find store bought ground Coffee that’ll say that it contains Kona Coffee beans, but don’t fool yourself. The actual Kona Coffee bean part in that Coffee is a little less than 10%, because that’s the least amount that can go in the mix, if you’re gonna declare your Coffee as Kona related. Also, you’ll never find store bought 100% Kona Coffee, because this type of Coffee is available for purchase only online.
Why Is Kona Coffee So Exclusive
Hawaii are really strict when it comes to their Coffee. Kona beans are classified based on the looks and quality of the bean itself. There is Type 1, Type 2, Number 3 and Offgrade. Then, Type 1 and 2 are graded for their size, shape and moisture and purity of the bean. Type 1 bean has two beans per cherry (the pulp in Coffee bean is called cherry for the resemblance to the fruit), flat on one and oval on the other side. Type 2 has one big round bean per cherry.
Number 3 (did you notice how it’s not even classified as type, but number) is Coffee that cannot be named Kona, it is simply known as Hawaiian Coffee. Any other bean, graded lower than Number 3 is called Offgrade and can only be labeled as generic Coffee. I told you they were strict.
Even Type 1 and 2 have their classifications. Type 1 can be classified as: Kona Extra Fancy, Kona Fancy, Kona Number 1 and Kona Prime. Type 2 can be classified as: Peaberry Number 1 and Peaberry Prime.
For the Coffee beans to grow successfully a specific combination of Sun, Soil and Water is needed. We’re talking about every type of Coffee in the world. Now, Kona Coffee has exactly that, bright sunny mornings, rainy afternoons and mild nights. That’s why the Kona Coffee is so special and exclusive. Hawaii tends to stick to their standards and well done.
Coffee really isn’t something that should be compromised in any way. Wouldn’t you agree?
‘Kona Coffee has a richer flavor than any other, be it grown where it may and call it by the name you please’ – Mark Twain, 1866