Kona Coffee: Seen As A Special Delicacy

Coffee comes in many varieties. Figuring out what to purchase from a menu of different coffee beans, roasts, styles of preparation, and added flavors takes so much time you barely have any left over to enjoy your coffee. If you want to skip right to the best, choose kona coffee, which is seen as a special delicacy.

The term kona coffee refers to coffee made from beans grown on Mount Hualalai and Mauna Loa in the Kona Districts of the Big Island of Hawaii; the coffee derives its name from where it is grown. Because of this, no other kind of coffee can technically be referred to as kona.

One rare coffee that is cherished by gourmets and coffee lovers is Kona coffee. The supply is limited for this unique coffee because it is finicky to grow and must have the precise combination of climate and soil as well as temperate evening temperatures with warm mornings with plenty of sunshine, and sufficient afternoon precipitation to do well.

When sold, Kona coffee is divided by quality or seed type. Two basic types of bean exist. Type I coffee consists of a variety with two beans for every cherry, with one flat side and one oval side. In comparison, Type II only had one round bean per cherry. Coffees made from Type I beans include Kona extra fancy, Kona fancy, Kona number 1, and Kona prime, while peaberry number1 and peaberry prime come from Type II. These Type II beans are usually more difficult to find.

While shopping, you may encounter coffees that are labeled kona blend. These are generally blends of true kona and more common coffees, but the proportions may vary widely. Sometimes, there may be as little as ten percent of true kona. The rest is generally made of Brazilian, Central American, or other beans. Hawaii's laws mandate that manufacturers display the proportions on their products, but federal law does not require this.

Many retailers have this coffee available, both in and outside of Hawaii. You may even be able to find it at some restaurants or a local coffee shop in your town.

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About The Author, Sveinung Skoglund
Who knew coffee could be so complicated? Now, with all sorts of establishments offering many different coffee beans, one is sometimes confused. Why not cut to the chase and go for kona coffee, a bona fide star in the crowd? Kona is special and delicious in part because it cannot be grown just anywhere but only on the Big Island in Hawaii.