About Kona Coffee:
What Makes It Unique?

The fuss about Kona coffee started when it gained its reputation over 100 years ago when its full body and unmatched aroma became well-known among coffee aficionados in the U.S. Even in 1866, Mark Twain himself wrote in his "Letters from Hawaii," "I think Kona coffee has a richer flavor than any other be it grown where it may." Today coffee lovers around the world continue to prize this gourmet coffee distinguished by the flavor of a rare coffee bean.

Such high quality is attributed to the micro-climate in Kona, special care in growing and tending that comes from small farmers, and harvesting by handpicking each cherry. In addition, this quality is certified by the State of Hawaii based on regulations matched nowhere else in the world making 100% Kona coffee an authentic brand backed by legislation.

Hawaii is the only state in the U.S.A. where coffee is grown commercially, and in order to protect its industry, it has the toughest laws and regulations on quality and product labeling in the world. These laws and regulations contribute greatly to ensuring Kona coffee maintains its unique character among the coffees of the world. Go here for more information about Kona coffee quality and labeling.


About Kona Coffee: Did You Know...?

* Kona coffee and other Hawaiian coffees are the only coffees commercially grown in the United States.

* Kona coffee is taxonomically classified as "species Arabica subspecies Typica."

* Kona coffee beans are so rare that less than 1% of all coffee sold in the world is truly of Kona origin, a true specialty coffee.

* The Hawaiian word for coffee is "kope."

* All pure Kona coffee originates from a small 20-mile stretch of land on the Big Island on the western slopes of Mauna Loa and Mount Hualalai about 300 to 800 meters above sea level. (See map.)

* Regulations that govern Kona coffee quality and labeling are the strictest in the world. Regulations in other states and countries either do not exist or are more lax.

* A restored Kona coffee farm dating to the 1930s once owned and operated by a Japanese immigrant family is the only living history project in Hawaii.

For more information about Kona coffee and its history, go to this page.

Those of us who want to be sure about quality insist on 100% Kona coffee. Browse this site for more information about pure Kona coffee.


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