Kona Coffee Plantations in Hawaii
Ahhh, the aroma of 100 percent pure Kona coffee is an unbeatable smell. Even better is the taste, which is smooth and silky yet richly bold all at the same time. This is somewhat of a rare commodity throughout the world, as it’s only grown in north and south Kona, a beautiful district on the Big Island of Hawaii. Coffee does so well here thanks to the high elevation, cloud coverage and volcanic soil hailing from the Hualalai Volcano. Harvesting this revered coffee bean from Kona is an indigenous art that the locals here have perfected over hundreds of years.
With hundreds of coffee farms in Kona, there are seemingly many sources from which you can get Kona coffee. Some is sold right on the farm, while others sell it at local markets and big-chain supermarkets. You can visit Kona coffee farms while here on vacation to see where all the magic happens, whether you venture to the small art town of Holualoa or Kealakekua. Many of the farms offer tours to the public; just be sure to check the times before going, as there may be seasonal restrictions.
When you check out these rich coffee orchards and take a tour, you’re learning an invaluable lesson about the meticulous harvesting process and what goes into it. You can even check out the actual coffee mills and watch how bean processing works. Are you a true coffee lover? Visit a Kona coffee farm. Here are a few to try:
Kona Coffee Living History Farm
, 81-6551 Mamalahoa Hwy, Kealakekua HI 96750: The Kona Historical Society offers two living history programs for the public: the H.N. Greenwell Store Museum and the Kona Coffee Living History Farm. This is great for the kids, as costumed interpreters interact with you as they teach you about Kona’s history through hands on activities.
Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation
, 73-1942 Hao Street, Kailua-Kona HI 96740: As the largest Organic Coffee Farm in the country, you’ll enjoy a free coffee tasting as well as a free mill and roastery tour. You can explore the Award Winning Cloud Forest Estate near some ancient lava tubes – certainly a private tour to remember. You can even take a lesson and become a Roast Master for a Day!
, 81-6581 Mamalahoa Highway, Kealakekua HI 96750: Harking back to 1850, Henry Nicholas Greenwell first came to rural Kona and began brewing this aromatic staple, to earn the “Recognition Diploma” for Kona coffee at the World’s Fair in 1873. The farm still sits nestled near the ancestral home of Henry and Elizabeth, now the home of Kona Historical Society and Museum. Take a free farm tour between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Sunday.
Hilo Coffee Mill
, 17-995 Volcano Rd (Hwy 11), Mountain View HI 96771: This is known as East Hawaii’s largest coffee farm, brewing all sorts of East Hawaii coffees thanks to the lush and fertile rainforest climates in the area.
Coffee lovers: unite! Head to one of these Kona coffee farms, and when you’ve had your fill, book a fun excursion by Hoku Hawaii Tours on the island of Oahu.