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Coffee Origin: Kealakekua, Hawaii
Coffee connoisseurs know that 100% Kona Coffee isn't just coffee. This amazing coffee is clean, light, sweet, silky & floral. The dry fragrance has honey and chocolate wafer cookies with bits of macadamia nut. The brewing brings out lots of caramel, butter & brown sugar on the front end and it finishes clean & bright with a light accent of hibiscus.
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Kona's coffee growing belt is unique to Hawaii in the following ways: Most importantly, it faces the setting sun and receives most of its rain in the summer. It lies on the western slopes of the enormous volcanoes of Hualalai and Mauna Loa which creates ideal mineral-rich soil. It's sheltered by these mountains from the northeasterly trade winds that dominate the climate of the rest of the islands. The coffee belt occupies ancient Hawaiin agricultural lands that for at least a thousand years supported Hawaiians on staple crops of taro, sweet potatoes, breadfruit, sugar cane and bananas. The coffee plant was introduced to Kona district in 1828 by Samuel Reverend Ruggles and is different from other coffees grown in Hawaii.
The Hawaii Agricultural Society created an inspection system that all Kona Coffee must pass in order to be sold. This system separates the coffee into five grades:
The classification looks at the coffee beans’ size (bigger is better), shape, moisture content and number of defects it contains in a given sample size. Our Kona Fancy coffee must be graded an 18 screen size, have 9% -12% moisture content and have less than 16 defects per pound of coffee.
Altitude: 1,500-2,500 ft
Harvest Period: August - February
Processing Method: Wet/Washed
Varietal: Kona Typica
Flag description: 13 equal horizontal stripes of red (top and bottom) alternating with white; there is a blue rectangle in the upper hoist-side corner bearing 50 small, white, five-pointed stars arranged in nine offset horizontal rows of six stars (top and bottom) alternating with rows of five stars; the 50 stars represent the 50 states, the 13 stripes represent the 13 original colonies; the blue stands for loyalty, devotion, truth, justice, and friendship; red symbolizes courage, zeal, and fervency, while white denotes purity and rectitude of conduct; commonly referred to by its nickname of Old Glory.
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