Kona, Hawai'i (The Big Island)
Kona, HI has been producing the World's finest Coffee since 1828. The Kona Coffee District is located on the west side of the Big Island of Hawai'i. It runs along the western slopes of two Volcanoes (Mauna Loa and Hualalai) and is only 1 mile wide and 30 miles long. Only coffee grown here can be called "Kona Coffee"
Kona Coffee is considered to be one of the top gourmet coffees of the world because of its high demand and limited supply. Pure Kona coffee makes up less than 1% of the world's total coffee supply.Thus making it exclusive and highly sought after.
Genuine Kona Coffee is highly prized throughout the world for it's full bodied flavor and pleasing aroma!
Coffee trees thrive on the cool slopes of the Hualalai and Mauna Loa Mountains in rich volcanic soil with afternoon cloud cover. Growing in this unique environment, Kona coffee has a distinct advantage over coffees grown in other parts of the world. Coffee trees typiclly bloom after Kona's dry winters and are harvested in autumn. Coffee cultivated in the North and South districts of Kona on the Big Island of Hawai'i is the only coffee that can truly be called "Kona Coffee"
Before being graded, Kona coffee is hand-picked, pulped, dried and hulled. Machinery at the coffee mill sorts the beans into different grades by size and shape. Peaberry is top of the line. A peaberry bean is formed when one side of the flower fuses with the other leaving only one bean in the coffee cherry. This gives the peaberry a more concentrated flavor and makes up only about 5% to 10% of the total Kona coffee harvest.
These beans are Non-Alcoholic, but are truly unique and luxury crafted. Simply put, this is perfection in a cup. Meant to be savored and enjoyed with the ones you love, they deliver an all new tasting experience unlike any other Kona Coffee out there.
Kona Coffee is sun dried, then custom roasted depending on desired results and differences in moisture of the beans. Roasting is refereed to as an "art form" by many in the trade. Dark roasts are typically called French, Italian or Espresso. Medium roasts include full-City and Vienna. Flavored coffee is either sprayed or powdered immediately after roasting for best absorption of the added flavor. Just after roasting the oxidation process begins and coffee is at it's freshest.
Another mode for flavoring coffee that is as unique as Kona coffee itself is Barrel Aged Coffee.These beans are Non-Alcoholic, but are truly unique and luxury crafted. Simply put, this is perfection in a cup. Meant to be savored and enjoyed with the ones you love, they deliver an all new tasting experience unlike any other Kona Coffee out there.
Air tight containers and freezing coffee will optimize freshness. Whole bean stored in this manner retains a recommended shelf lif of about two months, ground coffee about a month. Growers suggest buying in whole bean form and grinding just before brewing each pot.
To purchase 100% pure Kona coffee , check the label. KONA BLEND means it only contains 10% Kona beans. These are usally mixed with those from Brazil, Central America, Africa and Indonesia. If you're coming to the Big Island of Hawai'i and the Kona Coast be sure to check out the numerous farms and coffee mills in the Kona Coffee Belt!!
A truly wonderful recipe to satisfy everyone's sweet tooth. Simply delicious!! Sea Salt Mint White Chocolate Coffee Cookie Recipe.