Coffee Farm in Kona, Hawai‘i
ABOUT THE ESTATE
When this farm was purchased in 1972, it had to be recovered from the overgrown jungle that covered it. The owner says his secret is that he uses mulches and fertilizers – including crushed macadamia shells – to keep moisture in the a‘a (volcanic rock) dirt. He also believes that Honaunau provides the perfect conditions for coffee: ideal altitude, volcanic soil, good drainage, and the “right” amount of rain and cloud cover each day. A typical annual crop is about 5,000 lbs of roasted Kona coffee.
Awards: Competing against 43 other coffee estates, this coffee won First Place at the Gevalia contest the one and only time it was entered.
Elevation: 1500 ft