|Kona Coffee Blossoms|
Kona Coffee - The Real Deal or Surprise?
A few weeks ago I stayed in Captain Cook, Hawaii, while attending the Kona Brewers Festival (beer, that is) and I met Tom Butler, a local coffee farmer and the President of the Kona Coffee Farmers Association.
|100-Year-Old Coffee Tree Trunk with Orchid|
|Kona Coffee Cherries, 2010 - Courtesy of Bud Jenkins|
|Kona Coffee Blossom and Cherry|
|Coffee Trees on Moki's Farm, Captain Cook|
|Kona Blend (Kroger Customer Connect confirmed this coffee contains 10% Kona.)|
|Hawaiian Isles Kona Coffee Company Sells 100% Kona Coffee and these Kona Blends|
According to the Kona Coffee Farmers Association there has been a statute in Hawaii that allows for a “10% Kona coffee blend.” which can be equally confusing to consumers, who often don’t know what they are buying and who may believe that they are buying a blend of several Kona-grown coffees when they’re not. Last year the Hawaii County Council requested that the Hawaii Legislature raise the minimum Hawaii-grown content in coffee blends to 51% and to require disclosure of the origin of foreign-grown coffee on the label. Since I left Hawaii I have heard that the bill was already dead and that it was “killed in committees by big money.”
|100% Kona Coffee - Lions Gate Farms Kona Peaberry & Moki's Farm Estate Coffee|