Kona coffee harvest season upon us

Numerous coffee farms and processing facilities are open to visitors and kama’aina to learn how coffee cherry become roasted beans ready to be brewed. (Voltaire Moise/Special to West Hawaii Today)

Coffee was introduced to Hawaii almost 200 years ago, but it thrived best in Kona where the unique climate and soils were ideal. Kona coffee has experienced a quiet birth over a century ago, growth, expansion, almost death and a rebirth that has put Kona on the map as a number one producer of top quality coffee. Our coffee has finally made its mark as ichi ban or No. 1. According to some top coffee marketers, Kona coffee is now considered to be the one of the world’s most sought-after gourmet coffees. Even though the COVID-19 pandemic has slowed down the visitors that usually come for our annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival, coffee still grows and produces abundant crops on the farms not only in Kona but throughout the islands where conditions are favorable.