Tropical Gardening: Kona coffee harvesting now

  • Photo courtesy of Voltaire Moise Numerous coffee farms and processing facilities are open to visitors and kamaaina to learn how coffee cherry becomes roasted beans ready to be brewed.

Coffee was introduced to Hawaii almost 200 years ago, but it thrived best in Kona where the unique climate and soils were ideal. Kona coffee has experienced a quiet birth over a century ago, growth, expansion, almost death and a rebirth that has put Kona on the map as a number one producer of top quality coffee.