Coffee is a widely cherished commodity throughout the world. It is produced from the coffee cherries and the coffee beans and has gained popularity amongst the beverages. Coffee originated in Ethiopia many centuries ago and since then has become a household item throughout the globe.
There are 2 variants of coffee: Traditional Arabica, and Robusta coffee. The former is the most preferred choice due to its strong flavor and hence has better taste. The strong flavor of Arabica coffee is due to the presence of beans in their purest form, while Robusta coffee has only half the amount of caffeine than that present in the Arabica coffee.
With rising demand for Arabica coffee, many rare varieties of coffee variants found in specific places have carved a niche for themselves. One of them is Hawaii’s Kona Coffee. It is an Arabica blend that is a world-class product from Hawaii.
The Kona coffee is grown exclusively in the Hawaii islands on Kona which is the part of Hawaiian archipelago. It is grown on the dry side of Big Island, which is one of the biggest Hawaiian Islands. This is mainly the western side of the Hawaiian archipelago. The location and climate form the ideal setting to grow Kona coffee that has attracted the global attention.
The primary reasons why Kona coffee plants are different from other coffee plants are:
The perfect location: Since Hawaii is primarily a collection of islands, resulting from volcanic slopes, Kona coffee grows well along the rocky volcanic slopes of Mount Lona and Mount Hualalai.
The perfect climate: The tropical climate in Hawaii means the mornings are usually warm and sunny while the afternoon brings a slight mist on the islands. This type of climate nourishes the coffee plants.
Proper care taken by the coffee farmers: The coffee farmers in Hawaii pick the coffee beans by hand, thus ensuring the coffee cherries are fresh. The advantage of this method over machine harvesting is that though machine allows fast harvesting, it fails to give the personal touch that hand-picking provides. Besides, machine cannot distinguish between overripe or immature coffee beans and puts them together after harvesting. This leads to impure coffee blend after the beans are processed. The hand-picked batch of coffee cherries offers close to 100% quality.