A climate for coffee: Researchers work to get ahead of potential threats to Hawaii’s signature crop

  • Coffee cherry grows at the Kona Coffee Living History Farm in Captain Cook. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today file)

  • Alex Kempton picks coffee at Rancho Aloha in Holualoa. (Photos by Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today file )

  • Green Kona Coffee cherry grows in the Coffee Belt. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today file)

  • Kona Coffee Cherry grows in the coffee belt. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Coffee is picked at Ueshima Coffee Farm in Holualoa.

  • Gary Strawn shows ripe coffee cherry at his Kona Earth Coffee Farm in Holualoa for the Kona Coffee Festival farm tour.

KAILUA-KONA — Climate change poses a viable threat to coffee production around the world, yet Hawaii appears more immune to its impacts than most other coffee-heavy regions — at least for now.