If I were to think of Hawaii, I must admit that coffee is not the first idea that would pop into my head if asked about Hawaii. I would be more likely to think about surfing, huge waves at the North Shore, Pearl Harbor, and I am sure many others would think the same. These are perfectly acceptable, but if you asked a coffee drinker you may get a different response.
What a Coffee drinker thinks when asked about Hawaii?
A coffee drinker would most likely respond with the word gourmet organic coffee, and in particular one type of Hawaiian coffee, Kona Coffee. So, what makes this brand of coffee, Hawaii coffee so flavorful, and a favorite with coffee concourse. How did it arrive in Hawaii and how is it grown?
The History of Hawaii Coffee
In 1825 the British Warship, HMS Blonde arrived in Hawaii with a few coffee trees on board. These had been bought in Argentina by Chief Boki, the governor of Oahu at the time. A Samuel Reverend Ruggles then moved these trees to Captain Cook, Kona.
How Hawaii Coffee from Kona Is Grown
At present they are grown on the slopes of Hualapai and Mauna Loa weather patterns create favorable coffee growing conditions of bright sunny mornings, humid rainy afternoons, and mild nights. The extremely rich volcanic soil also helps in the production of this coffee bean.
Another factor is the attention, pride and dedication that is given by coffee growers. This dedication is since many of the coffee growers take pride in the fact that they lay claim to being 5th generation coffee growers. Many of the growers were originally from Japan, brought in to tend and harvest the sugar cane.
What is the Hawaii Coffee taste?
The taste of this Hawaii coffee can best be described in terms of being clean tasting, very flavorful and mild. Also, Kona coffee is very aromatic. In addition, unlike other coffees, this coffee is not bitter, nor does it leave an aftertaste in the mouth of the coffee drinker.
In addition, Kona coffee does not carry a robust flavor. In actuality, the flavor of this Hawaii coffee is very mild and light in flavor.