In this article, we will explore the world’s rarest coffee, Kona. And would you believe it is grown on farms on the Island of Hawaii?
Excited? Let’s get started and explore this very special Hawaiian coffee.
What is Kona Coffee?
Kona coffee is made from coffee beans that are grown on the slopes of Hualalai and Mauna Loa in the North and South Kona Districts of the Island of Hawaii. This area, where Kona coffee is grown, is fondly referred to as the Kona Belt and covers 30 miles of Hawaiian coastline.
Kona coffee is made from the Arabica coffee bean which means it is very high quality. To be more specific, the Typica (also called the Kona Typica) variant of Arabica is used to produce this special type of coffee.
What is so Special about Kona Coffee?
The reason that Kona coffee is so special is that it is grown in a very specific and unique climate. Kona coffee farms are generally located between 1000 – 3500 meters above sea level, on the side of a volcano. This unique climate provides sunny weather in the morning and rainy weather in the afternoon. The perfect conditions for growing this delicious type of coffee, with ideal tropical temperatures and well-drained volcanic soil.
What is the Best 100% Kona Coffee?
According to Forbes, Koa Coffee‘s Premium Kona coffee from Hawaii is the best coffee in America. Their award-winning 100% Kona coffee is grown on the coffee farms on the slopes of the Mauna Loa Volcano to the unique Mokka beans of Maui. Koa Coffee’s premium Koa coffee is hand-picked and expertly roasted, ensuring the best quality and freshness.
A true Hawaiian original, the true taste of Aloha.
At Beans About Coffee, we find it very difficult to choose our favourite Kona coffee from Koa Coffee. Their best-selling coffee is quite a unique and delicious Peaberry Coffee.
If you haven’t had Peaberry coffee before, then you are in for a treat. It has a sweet flavour and is often referred to as the “champagne” of coffee. It is also considered to be one of the rarest coffees in the world. Why not try their Peaberry Medium Roast Whole Bean 100% Kona coffee?
Estate Medium Roast
We are also crazy about their Estate Medium Roast Whole Bean 100% Kona coffee. Why? Because it is whole bean coffee and 100% Kona coffee with a very rich taste.
Top Tip: When buying Kona coffee make sure that you always buy 100% Kona coffee. If it doesn’t carry the 100% Kona coffee label then it is most likely only 10% Kona coffee.
Is Kona Coffee Healthy?
Yes, Kona coffee is healthy. It has all the health benefits normally associated with coffee. Let’s have a look at them.
Health Benefits of Kona Coffee
- It can lower your risk of getting Cancer
- It can lower your risk of getting Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia
- It lowers your risk of getting Parkinson’s Disease
- It can help you lose weight
- It keeps you alert and focussed
Drink it in Moderation
Be sure to keep your intake of coffee to a maximum of 5 cups per day. This roughly equals 400mg of caffeine per day. If you consume coffee in large amounts on a daily basis you might suffer from unwanted side-effects.
Is Kona Coffee Arabica?
Yes, Kona coffee is made from Arabica beans. Arabica beans are the world’s most popular bean and of very high quality. Arabica beans have a variant called Typica, which is used in the production of Kona Coffee.
Why is 100% Kona Coffee so Expensive?
Kona coffee is expensive because it is such a rare type of coffee. Single-Sourced Kona Coffee is the rarest type of coffee as it is grown, sorted, and roasted on the same farm.
This very special coffee grown in Hawaii is a favourite among many. We like it as well. It is rare, and yes, expensive as well. But if you’re a coffee lover then this is one type of coffee you to at least try.