The Facts About Hawaiian Coffee

by Staff Editor on May 17, 2013


If you are a coffee connoisseur, you’ve probably already tasted some of the most unique flavor combinations available from all over the world. While Colombian coffee often gets the most press, there are also unique coffee blends from Africa, Asia, other regions of South America, and just about anywhere else in the world where the climate is suitable for growing coffee beans. What you may not know, however, is that the United States is also home to one of the best coffee crops anywhere in the world.

Hawaiian coffee is quickly gaining a reputation among coffee aficionados for having a flavor that is unlike anything else available on the market. While it may only take one sip of this unique beverage in order to understand why it is quickly gaining popularity, there are a few things that you may want to know in order to come to a better understanding of why Hawaiian coffee is so incredibly unique.

Unique In The Nation And The State

Hawaiian coffee is the only coffee produced in the United States and it is only grown on the island known as the Big Island. The first crop of coffee grown in Hawaii was from Brazilian coffee beans in the mid-19th century. Since then, production has increased dramatically, although it still represents only a tiny fraction of the total amount of coffee grown throughout the world. This makes it not only unique, but also relatively rare compared to some of the other varieties available.

Complete Attention To Detail

While coffee grown in other parts of the world is often cultivated by huge pieces of industrial equipment, Hawaiian coffee is harvested by hand on the steep slopes of the mountain. The coffee is also available in different grades, with 1 being by far the best quality and offering the clearest representation of why Kona coffee is so highly desired by coffee drinkers.

Because authentic Hawaiian coffee is relatively pricey, especially compared to some of the low priced and generic alternatives that you might find at your local grocery store, it is not uncommon to see Hawaiian coffee blends which is a combination of 10% Hawaiian beans mixed in with 90% beans from other parts of the world. While this will still provide you with a great tasting coffee, the relatively small amount of Kona beans included in these blends means that you are missing out on the most authentic experience possible.

There are those people out there who really don’t give much thought to the coffee that they enjoy in the morning. As long as the coffee is hot and ready, they seem to be satisfied. Just as there are wine aficionados who are not willing to settle for anything less than the very best, there are also those individuals who take their coffee incredibly seriously. For these people, there really is no comparison to genuine coffee from the Hawaiian Islands. They understand the unique nature of this particular blend and can taste a dramatic difference between it and the mass-produced, name brand products that can be found on the shelves of their local supermarkets.

Whether you enjoy a good cup of coffee first thing in the morning or simply like to indulge in the greatest flavors that the world has offer at any time of day, you owe it to yourself to experience Hawaiian coffee firsthand.

About the author

Stephanie Fraso really enjoys writing and one of her favorite things to write about are the different types of coffee. She finds inspiration for her writing at

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