Visitors to the Big Island of Hawaii, largest of the Hawaiian chain, are familiar with the imposing volcano, Mauna Loa, soaring 13,680 feet above sea level. A few miles north is Mauna Kea, even loftier at 13,796 feet. The western slopes of these mountains comprise the district known as Kona, from which Hawaii’s unique Kona coffee takes its name. Sheltered by these towering mountains and from the prevailing northeast trade winds, Kona is unusually calm, fanned by wispy off-shore breezes, rather then gusty blasts. The long flanks of the mountains drop off into the blue Pacific. It is somewhat dry at the lower levels, but turns green above the 1,200 foot elevation where the porous volcano soil along with ample water, has created lush vegetation. This combination has given Kona a character all of its own, a languid, timeless, tropical serenity. Above the elevations where Kona starts to turn green, a magnificent coffee has been grown for more than 150 years. Hawaii is the only area in the world where the coffee is grown commercially. Kona’s secret lies in the coffee plant’s need for protection from the wind and the sun. Continual exposure to sun produces a weak plant, easily killed by dry spells and plant diseases. “Hot-house” elements are excellent and unparalleled anywhere else in the world. The mornings are clear and bright. At noon time the clouds form a sheltering cover over the coffee plantations protecting the delicate plants from the harsh sun. This results in absolute perfect conditions and proper requirements needed for growing coffee. Since these conditions only prevail in limited areas over the mountains, the production of this unique coffee is very limited. These characteristics also explain why Kona Gold production is so distinctive. Like the French champagne, the great Bordeaux clarets, or Cognac, only this one area can produce the highly prized coffee that is used in making Kona Gold. Like French wines, use of the name “Kona” is restricted by law to the coffee grown in this Hawaii region which gives it the “winery” taste.




Powered by SFGIRLS