Kona Coffee Council

Aloha, E' Komo Mai! (Welcome!)

The Kona Coffee Council is an organization of Hawai'i farmers who grow, process and sell the World's Best coffee! Kona Coffee is grown only in the Kona district on the west side of Hawai'i Island (the Big Island), where it has developed over 175 years. These heritage trees thrive in the unique combination of sunshine, rainfall, location, and volcanic soil - only available in Kona, to create our award-winning coffees.
Rocky volcano slopes nurture it.
Sun-drenched mornings ripen it.
Misty afternoons refresh it.
Six hundred farmers meticulously handpick it.

Please explore our site to learn all about our product and why we are proud of it.


Did you know that Hawai'i is the only state in the US to commercially grow coffee and among the islands here, only the Kona district grows this gourmet treat? Because of our rocky location and the fact that the coffee 'cherry' does not ripen all at the same time, we cannot mechanically harvest our trees. Since we must inspect each bean as we pick them, you are assured a perfect cup of coffee, which was picked when ripe, and not a combination of immature or overripe beans.

Whichever producer you buy from, look for the Kona Coffee Council's "Seal of Approval" (as shown in the upper left corner of this page) on each bag you buy, to ensure that you are getting the best: 100% Kona Coffee!


Be Prepared! Hawaii’s Hurricane Season Continues Through November
Here are a few tips for being prepared with the approaching hurricane and what you can do if damage occurs to your farm. 

Stay informed and updated:
Central Pacific Hurricane Center: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/cphc/
Hawaii Emergency Management Agency: http://dod.hawaii.gov/hiema/
Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency: http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/active-alerts/
National Weather Service Honolulu Forecast Office: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl/
The Pacific Disaster Center's Disaster Alert app: https://disasteralert.pdc.org/disasteralert/
Take precautions to minimize farm, home and property damage:
Discuss emergency preparedness actions with friends, family and employees, for human safety as well as the welfare of pets and animals. Make a list of family and employee contact information that includes both cell numbers and land line numbers in the event of long-term power outages. Establish a means to communicate with your employees and let them know what you expect of them after a storm.
Officials recommend a 14-day emergency supply, including at least 1 gallon of potable water per person per day and enough to share with your feather and fur-babies.
Clean up your property of items that could become projectiles, causing damage during strong winds. If possible, remove tarps from tents and plastic/shade cloths from hoop houses and greenhouse structures, prior to a hurricane making landfall, or when it’s windy enough to cause structures to “liftoff”. Secure doors, windows, and large equipment and machinery.

Know where your irrigation valves as well as gas and electric mains (if any) are located. And know how to shut them off in an emergency. Stock up on gas for generators and other needed equipment.

If your home, farm, trees, and/or structures sustain damages from high winds and/or rain, contact your home and crop insurance agents immediately.

***BEFORE YOU BEGIN CLEAN UP, document all damages with (clear and focused) photos and/or video. Review your inventory and take note of anything damaged or missing.

If you would like information about crop insurance, visit: http://bit.ly/2eVzuc5. Click on “List of Crops That Can Be Insured” on the left side of the page or scroll down until you see photos of fruit and nut trees. There you can click on factsheets for Hawaii’s insurable crops.

Be safe!

College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources
Updates from Andrea Kawabata,
 Associate Extension Agent for Coffee and Orchard Crops

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