Is Kona Coffee Good?

Is Kona Coffee Good?

Pooki’s Mahi’s Guidance and Disclaimers
The purpose of our “Is Kona Coffee Good” guide is to help Pooki’s Mahi’s customers figure out which Hawaiian Kona coffee single serve pods will work for their taste buds.  We’ve included additional resources for customers looking to learn more.  This is not a definitive guide of coffee reviews.

Our customers’ coffee taste buds are subjective. A customer who thinks Pooki’s Mahi’s 100% Kona French Roast coffee single serve pods tastes like an espresso (too dark; taste like an “oil slick”) might find Pooki’s Mahi’s 100% Maui Mokka coffee single serve pods as “hits the right spot.”  A different customer might think Pooki’s Mahi’s 100% Kona Peaberry coffee single serve pods is “too watery” and our 100% Kona French Roast coffee single serve pods is “just right.”  

Best Kona Coffee Reviews vs. Kona Coffee Reviews

A search on google for “best kona coffee reviews” returns 1,150 results.  Type “kona coffee reviews” in google and 3,430 results.  4000+ review sites created by bloggers, affiliate marketers, marketplace affiliates from Amazon, baristas, certified coffee cupping judges, master roasters and brand or company owners.  Which review site is the “definitive guide” to “Is Kona Coffee Good?”  

There are plenty onlines sites claiming to be the “definitive guide” of coffee reviews.  We caution our customers that your coffee tastes is owned by you and not by a master brewer, roaster or “expert” cupper.  What the “expert” cuppers (judges) taste often times will not translate to any consumer who isn’t familiar with Hawaiian 100% Kona coffee or Kona coffee cupping competitions.

A Kona coffee review from one to maybe three “coffee judges” is not good enough.  Be wary of coffee review sites that requests payment for a brand or company to review coffee.  The review provided may not be objective.  It might be skewed towards a positive review since payment was taken for “an expert coffee cupper” to cup the coffee.

Reviews from less than 125 independent judges that isn’t written or documented should be discarded.  

Pooki’s Mahi’s Approach To Kona Coffee Reviews
Pooki’s Mahi takes a scientific approach to Kona coffee reviews as part of several patented processes and framework:  FAI (First Article Inspection), GTM (Go-To-Market) and NPI (New Product Introduction).  Pooki’s Mahi has over 15K+ customer reviews across the 100% Kona coffee product line including 100% Kona coffee single serve pods, 100% Hawaiian coffee single serves, and Kona coffee for corporate break rooms.  Reviews will be integrated on posted on the corresponding Kona coffee pods page.

Customers should read through the various customer Kona coffee reviews.  More than 25% of Pooki’s Mahi’s customers don’t leave a review.  Per Pooki’s Mahi’s cultural manifesto we don’t believe in aggressively pursuing customers to leave a review for our 100% Kona coffee single serve pods.  

What is Kona Coffee?

Kona coffee is the name of the coffee product grown in the North and South Kona Districts, Big Island of Hawaii.  Kona coffee grown on the slopes of Hualalai and Mauna Loa volcations on the Big Island, Hawaii is certified as “100% Kona coffee” by the Department of Agriculture by the state of Hawaii.

There are over 600+ Kona coffee farms growing, harvesting and cultivating the coffee plant variety Kona Typica.  Most farms are family owned and manage up to five acres of Kona coffee.  Kona coffee is priced higher because there isn’t enough Kona coffee crop growing on the fertile volcanic land.  It is one of the most expensive coffees rivaling Latin America’s Geisha coffees or Jamaica’s Blue Mountain coffees.  Kona Peaberry coffee is the most expensive Kona coffee.  Be prepared to pay $64.99 and higher for Kona Peaberry coffee single serve pods.

There are five different 100% Kona coffees by roast and by Kona coffee type:

  1. Kona coffee medium roast
  2. Kona coffee French roast
  3. Kona Estate Extra Fancy medium roast coffee
  4. Kona Peaberry coffee medium roast
  5. Kona decaffeinated coffee
Customers looking for a easy to remember method to “rank” the Kona coffees by price and using Hawaii’s unique type ranking system should consider the following “ranking:”
  1. Peaberry ←Most expensive, highest “rank” - 5% of the crop yield are Peaberry coffee.
  2. Kona Extra Fancy - Highest Kona coffee bean with superior flavor
  3. Kona Fancy - Excellent, made with slightly smaller Kona coffee beans
  4. Kona No. 1 - Kona coffee blends are created by blending higher grade Kona coffee with Kona No. 1
  5. Kona Select - Lower grade “affordable” 100% Kona coffee often used in 10% Kona coffee blends
  6. Kona Prime  ←Most affordable with the lowest “rank;” sold as a low cost 100% Kona coffee and used in 10% Kona coffee blends.

Visit Pooki’s Mahi’s Guide to Buying Kona Coffee to learn more.

Roast, Grind Types and Kona Coffee Taste Characteristics

Kona Coffee Roasts
Pooki’s Mahi’s customers are familiar with medium roast.  100% Kona coffee medium roast is what is commonly sold in r/etailers and marketplaces like Amazon.  Most customers purchase medium roast 100% Kona coffees.  Very few Kona coffee single serve pods manufacturers will sell 100% Kona French Roast coffee because there aren’t a lot of customers purchasing the darker roast.  Examples of dark roast coffees are French Roast, Italian Roast and Espresso.

Pooki’s Mahi does not flavor any of the 100% Kona coffee medium roast or 100% Kona French Roast.  

Kona Coffee Grind
The grind of the coffee will affect the taste of Kona coffee’s natural flavor when water comes in contact with it. A coffee drip grind will not bring out all of Kona coffee’s natural flavors.  Our customers requested we improve our 100% Kona coffee medium roast because it tasted “too watery.”  We improved the coffee grind by changing it to a finer grind used in espresso machines.  The finer grind brings out Kona coffee’s natural flavors.

Kona coffees are medium bodied with floral aromas, light acidity and hints of sweetness. Coffee judges (cuppers) have often written about Kona coffees natural flavors like mocha, cedar, spicy, and slight taste of berries. The citrus/floral aroma is followed with a sweet caramel flavor.

Pooki’s Mahi’s 100 Percent Kona Coffee Single Serve Pods

Two Kona coffee farms next to each other growing 100% Kona coffee will not produce Kona coffee beans with identical tastes.  Quality starts at the quality of the Kona coffee bean.  Pooki’s Mahi strive to consistently provide high quality 100 percent Kona coffee single serves cups.  The consolidated sourcing, harvesting and roasting 100% Kona coffee under our Hawaiian coffee manufacturer headquartered in Hawaii facilitates meeting the goal.
Kona coffee beans used in Pooki’s Mahi’s 100 percent Kona coffee single serve cups come from one estate.  If the forecast requires additional inventory then Pooki’s Mahi’s Hawaiian coffee manufacturer will pull Kona coffee beans of the same quality from nearby Kona coffee farms.  The Kona coffee beans used have earned awards from Forbes Magazines Best List (coffee) and coffee cupping competitions to name a few.

Below is a short list of coffees used:

  1. Peaberry Kona coffee - very rare of Kona coffees
  2. Private Reserve Kona - 100% Kona coffee blend of Peaberry and extra fancy beans
  3. Estate Kona Coffee - Mixture of the top three grades of 100% Kona coffee beans
  4. Decaf Kona - Swiss water decaffeinated Private Reserve 100% Kona coffee

Kona Peaberry Coffee

There are two types of Kona bean classification. Kona coffee beans are classified into Type I or Type II according to the coffee bean.  Type I coffee beans look like miniature footballs.  Type II coffee beans look like the vegetable peas or chickpeas.  Type II coffee beans consist of one round bean per cherry also known as peaberries.  Type II grades:  Peaberry Number 1 and Peaberry Prime.

Kona coffee Peaberry is made from 100% Kona Peaberry coffee beans which is significantly smaller than the average coffee bean.  Kona Peaberry coffee beans have a higher moisture content and far fewer imperfections than 100% Kona Extra Fancy beans.  No more than 5% of the yearly crop yields produce Peaberry coffee.
The taste is more smooth, full bodied, have chocolate and costs more:

  1. Kona Peaberry Coffee whole bean:  estimate $50 per pound  
  2. Pooki’s Mahi’s 100% Kona Peaberry coffee pods:  $64.99 per box (Amazon marketplace)


Estate Extra Fancy

There are two types of Kona bean classification. Type I coffee bean looks like a miniature football.  Type I coffee bean consists of two beans per cherry, flat on one side, oval on the other. Type I grades:  Kona Extra Fancy, Kona Fancy, Kona Number 1, Kona Select and Kona Prime.

A unique Kona coffee grading system is in place to rate coffee beans coming from the Kona coffee district.  Some of the criteria includes moisture content, size, shape and defects.  Additional grading for the two types of Kona coffee beans are dependent on size, moisture content and purity of bean type.   Larger beans have a higher moisture content and are more flavorful.  Kona coffee beans with a more uniform shape and fewer defects are good.

For avid Kona coffee drinker's preferences for the “ideal” Kona coffee is a personal matter.  The quality of Kona coffee beans used in 100 percent Kona coffee single serve pods vary between one farm to another.  We recommend customers looking for their favorite 100% Kona coffee single serve pods to:

  1. Find a brand that produces all five different 100% Kona coffee
  2. Start sampling each Kona coffee pod
  3. Find a brand for each different Kona coffee and sample the Kona coffee pod.
  4. Repeat the process until you’ve found your favorite.

This guide will focus on what makes Pooki’s Mahi’s Kona coffee single serve pods unique and different using our expertise in technology, supply chain management, m/ecommerce systems and data from our analytics.  It serves to help our customers understand what makes Kona coffee good.

Pooki’s Mahi’s 100 Percent Kona coffee single serve pods:


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About Pooki’s Mahi:
Pooki’s Mahi™ is a Silicon Valley-based private label coffee pods and custom promotional products manufacturer offering Hawaiian 100% Kona coffee and award-winning private label teas in sustainable single serve cups. Private label brands partner with Pooki’s Mahi for the efficient supply chain, go to market launch and new product introduction expertise. Since its online launch in 2013, Pooki’s Mahi products have been a favorite of customers, charities, celebrities and athletes and have been featured at red carpet events including Celebrity Gift Suites and athletes and seen on several television shows.  Pooki’s Mahi’s mission is to revolutionize the supply chain ecosystem to make it efficient by using technology in bringing the highest quality Kona coffees into the market in a sustainable, compostable cup. Hawaiian coffees are harvested/roasted in Hawaii, single serve cup manufactured in US and distributed to several fulfillment centers in the US.

For more information on Pooki’s Mahi custom private label coffee, single serve tea visit Pooki's Mahi Private Label Products platform. Buy Kona coffee subscriptions at Follow Pooki’s Mahi on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter to keep up with news insights to launching custom promotional products. Pooki’s Mahi has a zero tolerance for firms engaged in cyber-bullying, cyber-criminal, slander, negative reviews, or cultural discrimination.  A single serve coffee maker of black / white cups and aloha islands competitors cyber-bullied Pooki’s Mahi Founder/CEO since 2014. The relentless negative campaigns, slander and IP bullying resulted in irreparable harm.  Once a cyber-bully, always a bully.

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