Coffee bill passed – Bill expands current coffee-labelling requirements

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

Picked coffee cherry is ready for weighing at the Kona Coffee Festival Coffee Picking contest at Ueshima Coffee Corp in Holualoa. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

Although it’s not what Coffee farmers were hoping for, the first step to protect the name Kona and other geographic names for the coffee grown and produced in the state was passed through the Hawaii State senate and awaits Governor Josh Green’s signature.