This Location is near and dear to us as we also call it home. There are so many wonderful things to cover about the Big island so I will have to break it up over the course of time and just give little snippets here and there…As the photo to the right would indicate from Grandpa’s kona coffee farm that it is serene, tranquil, beautiful and captivating. There is so much to explore and learn on the Big Island.
1.Kona coffee is the only coffee grown in the United States.
2. It is well known around the world for its rich flavor and excellent quality. In fact, Mark Twain said, “Kona coffee has a richer flavor than any other.”
3. Samual Ruggles brought the first coffee plant to Kona in 1828.
4. Native Hawaiians and Chinese laborers worked the fields where everything was done by hand. When the market crashed the plantation owners leased the land to its workers, many of which were from Japan who were brought in to work on the sugar plantations.
5. The work was difficult but the rich volcanic soil and perfect climate provided the perfect condition for growing coffee.
6. Several areas were used for coffee fields throughout the Big Island but the district of Kona was perfect and now the majority of coffee is planted here.
7. Kona Coffee is picked by Hand whereas other coffee regions have machine harvesters that collect coffee cherries from plantations, the steep volcanic slope of Kona makes using such machines impossible. Hence, all Kona coffee is picked by hand, and inspected for quality and freshness. There’s something more intimate about coffee that is created with the human touch.