Curated collection of best Kona coffees that Hawaii has to offer is available for purchase below. Each unique island flavor is a real treat. We picked the best.
Did you know that Hawaii is the only American state producing many of worldwide popular coffees? They are nourished by rich volcanic soil, tropical Pacific rains, cool refreshing breezes, and the warm Hawaiian sunshine all year around. Combination of these natural conditions allows to grow the world class coffees.
Hawaii grown coffee may vary in taste and aroma not only depending on a roast chosen but also based on island's cultivation area. For example, to be named Kona coffee and obtain truly unforgettable flavor and aroma it became famous for, coffee beans (Coffea arabica) must be grown exclusively in Kona districts of the Big Island called Hawai`i. This makes pure Kona coffee so treasured and much sought after. The coffee beans grown in any other district of Hawai`i or on another Hawaiian island cannot be labeled Kona due to different climate conditions. Despite this internal classification, any kind of Hawaiian coffee is exceptionally unique and distinguishable as compared to all other coffees in the world.
How to pick the best Hawaiian coffee, the Kona coffee - watch our introduction video:
100% Kona Coffee v. Kona Coffee Blend:
Kona is a beautiful region with rich volcanic soil on the Big Island of Hawai`i. Kona-grown coffee is famed for its natural, unique acidic factor that is often complemented by blending Kona coffee with premium Arabica coffee for a smoother, softer flavor. If you like it strong, go for 100% Kona coffee. If you prefer it smoother and sweeter, pick a Kona coffee blend in any of amazing roasts and island flavors available. Kona coffee blend should contain 10% or more of pure 100% Kona-grown coffee. Arguably, 100% Kona-grown coffee may contain more caffeine in darker roasts as compared to coffee grown in other areas of Hawaii.
LION Coffee v. Royal Kona Coffee:
LION Coffee is generally different by lighter and smoother-tasting roasts as compared to Royal Kona Coffee. If you like your coffee darker and slightly more acidic, go for Royal Kona brand. If you prefer it lighter, smoother and a touch sweeter naturally, go for LION Coffee. Both brands are owned and roasted by the same factory in Honolulu. We are lucky to literally smell every new roasted batch in the morning being located very close to the coffee factory. Each flavor smells amazing while 100% Kona Coffee is truly exquisite when roasted. Dark roasts may taste a little more bitter as compared to medium and light-medium roasts. Some customers mentioned that it is becoming more difficult for them to find lighter and smoother roasts as some proprietary labels for Hawaiian coffee on the mainland were either discontinued or changed names. So, the basic difference is that Royal Kona or Hualalai Estate, for example, would usually create a darker roast as compared to LION Coffee.
How to use Hawaiian coffee with Keurig or K-Cup Single Cup Coffee Maker:
We recommend purchasing a reusable stainless steel filter for K type single cup brewers. Our favorite filter is by Ekobrew Elite. We picked stainless steel mostly due to no plastic parts, so nothing unwanted could potentially transfer into your coffee. You may use paper filter inserts for easy cleanup. Once the paper filter is inside the metal filter, add your ground Royal Kona or Hualalai Estate coffee into it. Two tea spoons are usually enough for one cup to prevent overflow of grinds. Add 6 oz. of water depending on your coffee strength preference, insert instead of K-cup and brew as usual. To add strength, add 100% Kona coffee or use one teaspoon of 100% Kona coffee with one teaspoon of flavored Hawaiian coffee. Vanilla Macadamia Nut and some other flavors are available in K-cups.
What unique flavors do you recommend for someone experimental?
We love adding Toasted Coconut or Vanilla Macadamia Nut coffee by Royal Kona into nearly every cup made with Keurig Brewer or any other coffee maker. But some are strictly into 100% Kona coffee selections with a strong preference for Peaberry Kona coffee and that very special flavor that it provides. If you are spoiled by good Hawaiian coffee, than even Keurig's own tropical flavored K-cups do not come close to island flavors we selected for our coffee collection (as much as we appreciate some of their traditional ones). For a true coffee lover, we highly recommend trying real Hawaiian Kona coffee to experience a range of mouthwatering flavors and aromas that will inevitably transport your mind into the islands by setting the right mood for the entire day. Add a spoon of your favorite ice-cream into your cup of coffee to kick up the flavor. We add Butter Pecan ice-cream or naturally flavored Stevia drops. For the most natural sugar substitutes, we use either Xylitol (use less than sugar) or coconut sugar. A bit of condensed milk added is also a nice treat.
How to keep my coffee fresh
Be sure to store your coffee in a dry and cool place, always sealed. Use only dry spoons. Place the coffee bag on dry surfaces and wipe any water off the bag promptly. Do not introduce any moisture. Small bags of coffee do not require any unusual measures. If you grind your Peaberry coffee beans, grind just enough to get you through the week and keep the rest sealed in two Ziploc bags to preserve freshness. Freezing a large amount of coffee beans in a double-sealed plastic bag is an option. Defrost only what you need by placing some coffee beans into a fridge for 24 hours before grinding. Experiment with a small amount first, since freezing may affect flavor, especially with ground coffee. Once frozen, your coffee beans should remain frozen (take out a bit at a time to defrost) to prevent any moldiness in a bag. If you have to remove the bag from freezer for a prolonged time, be sure to fully dry or even slightly fry/thoroughly heat and cool all defrosted beans. Dry out or replace the bag before storing. Use a dry nonstick fry pan if going for extreme measures and remember to constantly mix the beans to prevent any burnt edges.
Should I Give Up on Using Paper Filters?
There are valid arguments out there against using paper filters when brewing your coffee since paper may absorb some precious oils that give your coffee that special taste and aroma. Some professionals recommend using a gold reusable filter for traditional coffee brewers or using a French press only. Try it different ways to find the most optimal solution for your personal taste and life style.
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