The largest organic coffee farm in the United States is located 3,200 feet above sea level in a mist-cooled rainforest about 7 miles from Kailua-Kona. Trent Bateman, a Mainland transplant who left a career in engineering to come to Hawai‘i, is growing award-winning Kona coffee on his farm and breaking all the rules. For starters,… Continue »
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Stop for a cup of coffee and a chat at Ueshima Coffee (UCC Hawai‘i) Corp., a picturesque coffee estate just north of Holualoa Village. The 26-acre hillside property is crowned with a grand view of Kailua-Kona and the sparkling Pacific Ocean. Ueshima Coffee (UCC Hawai‘i) Corp. offers free farm tours and hot Kona coffee to… Continue »
A slight detour off Highway 11 leads to the funky, upcountry village of Holualoa. For a true taste of old Hawaiiana, check out this eclectic little town. You’ll know you’ve reached Holualoa when you see a fluorescent-pink building called the Kona Hotel. Built by the Inaba family in 1926, the hotel is still maintained by… Continue »
A complex and meticulous process is required to transform a Kona Coffee bean into a full-bodied, aromatic brew. The process begins with the seedling, which must be hand-planted. The seedlings blossom into white Kona Snow flowers, which produce bright red cherries, most containing two coffee beans. The trees bloom in February and March, and cherries… Continue »
Cultivating a taste for Kona coffee can be an expensive habit. Whether you settle for blends or the real thing, the way it’s stored after opening can make a big difference. Some connoisseurs say don’t store it at all: Buy only enough coffee to last two or three weeks and keep it in an airtight… Continue »
A slight detour off Highway 11 leads to the funky, upcountry village of Holualoa. For a true taste of old Hawaiiana, check out this eclectic little town. You’ll know you’ve reached Holualoa when you see a fluorescent-pink building called the Kona Hotel. Built in 1926, the hotel is still maintained by its founding family members…. Continue »
Take 600 specialty coffee farms, a spattering of mills, roasters, retail outlets and museums, then cluster them along 20 miles of scenic country roads, and you’ve got the makings of a self-guided coffee-tasting tour. Most people begin their tour from Kailua-Kona and head north on Palani Road (Highway 190). If Mountain Thunder Kona Coffee Plantation… Continue »