Guide to Kona Coffee Country
Nestled into the foothills of the two formidable Hawaiian volcanoes called Hualalai and Mauna Loa, Kona Coffee Country is a wonderful place to visit to experience old town charm and tour coffee farms, mills and roasting operations.
From the town of Kailua Kona on the west side of the Big Island it is a short trip up to Kona coffee country. There are numerous farms offering a variety of tours and you will find lots of hospitality and great opportunities to taste some farm fresh Kona coffee.
After your Kona coffee farm tour you may even want to buy some coffee beans right from the Kona coffee farmer to take home with you. Enjoy the Coffea arabica coffee plant varietal Kona typical coffee beans.
The link below will take you to a comprehensive list of Kona coffee farms with a write-up on each farm telling what they are all about and also if they offer tours, if reservations are required, and other important information so you can plan your journey to Kona Coffee Country. Some farms allow drop-in visitors and there are various sites and attractions to see throughout the region.
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Now Check out the Kona Coffee Farms, Tours and Museum List and let the journey begin!
Some Facts For Your Journey:
What is so Great About Kona Coffee?
You might ask, what makes the coffee grown on the 700 Kona Coffee Farms and Kona Coffee Estate Plantations? What is so great about Kona coffee?
The fertile, volcanic, well-draining soils of the Kona Coffee Belt at elevations from 500 to 3,000 feet above sea level creates just the right coffee growing conditions. The plenteous rains, morning sunshine and the cloud cover during the hottest hours of the day contribute to the fine quality of the premium gourmet coffee.
The whole area of Kona Coffee Country is only about one mile wide by thirty miles long. This is where all Kona coffee comes from. The region is protected from the buffeting tradewinds by the volcanoes and by the time the winds reach the coffee farms they are mere wafting delicate breezes that don’t harm the fragile coffee tree’s flowers.
The low pH of the soil, which is just slightly acidic and high in nitrogen, also helps create the coffee’s premium gourmet quality.
Why is Kona Coffee so Great…continued!
Finally a major factor in the quality of Kona coffee is that the night hours do not get too cold as this can be very harmful to the coffee plants. Add to those positive factors the tender loving care provided by the many dedicated Kona coffee farmers, many of whom are fifth generation descendants of the pioneering farmers of Kona coffee country.
Once the coffee cherry is harvested then all of the coffee is hand picked, carefully fermented during the wet processing, then dried, milled, sorted and graded, and then roasted to provide you with a true specialty coffee.
Just visit one of the more than 700 estate and commercial Kona farms in either the northern or southern region of Kona to discover this unique area and its high quality product.
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The Size and Production of Kona Coffee Farms
Most of the Kona coffee farms are only three to seven acres in size, and a farm of this size may produce about 40,000 pounds of coffee cherry (coffee fruit) in one year. Once it is milled and roasted this coffee will reduce to less than 7,000 pounds of coffee. The Kona coffee growing region overall produces about 3 million pounds of green coffee beans (unroasted coffee beans) on about 4,000 acres in the Kona coffee belt.
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