We have been producing Kona coffee and offering tours of our plantation for over 25 years: we know Kona coffee from growing to pouring.
So what makes Kona coffee so unique from other coffees? In order to be distinguished as Kona coffee, the coffee must be grown within the North and South districts of Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii, USA. To preserve the unique flavor the coffee plants must also be of the variety Kona Typica, an Arabica coffee unique to the Kona region.
What about the Kona blend coffees I see at grocery stores all across the country? Don’t be fooled, this is not a blend of coffees from various Kona coffee farms. It is merely a percentage of Kona coffee mixed with non-Kona coffee. Contrary to some rumors, Kona blends do not improve the flavor of Kona Coffee. The purpose of Kona blend is to make the coffee more affordable, as 100% Kona coffee is one of the most expensive coffees on the planet. Currently there are only about 3,000 acres of Kona coffee plants to supply the entire world, making it a very in-demand commodity (and for good reason)! Coffee plants produce only one crop a year, allowing only a select few people the opportunity to enjoy 100% Kona coffee.
Kona Joe coffee has a rich, sweet taste with exotic flavors captured from the unique Kona climate and soil. We slow-roast only the best beans of the harvest and pack them in gas-valved stand up pouches. This allows us to lock in all of their legendary flavor immediately after roasting. Like most of life's finer pleasures, it costs a little more than other types of coffee, but this handcrafted coffee is well worth the extra cost.