Today, Kona coffee enjoys a reputation as one of the world's best coffees. Known for its flavor, aroma and rich, dark color, Kona coffee is every bit as delicious as it is unique, and people who drink it get to savor a little slice of Hawaii every single morning.
Regardless of whether coffee drinkers favor ground coffee or individually wrapped cups, there's no question that Kona coffee makes the experience of having a cup of joe significantly more special.
Kona coffee is grown on the Big Island of Hawaii. Kona coffee comes in different grades. All Kona coffee is inspected by the Hawaiian Department of Agriculture and certified for its origin, sourcing, harvesting, and roasting processes. Coffee is only labeled "100% Kona coffee" if it is not mixed with beans from any other region.
Pure Kona coffee is grown in the "Kona District" of Mauna Loa, Hawaii. This district is located at 2,500 feet in elevation on the world's largest active volcano. This region has been producing coffee for more than 180 years.
While the question of which Kona coffee is "the best" is subjective, many people name Peaberry as the best varietal.
In addition to the fact that this type of Kona coffee is the most expensive, it also receives the highest rank on the Kona coffee scale, and many customers prefer its rich taste to other varieties.
In addition to Peaberry, however, there are also the following varieties of Kona coffee:
Beyond these types of Kona coffee, there are several Hawaiian coffee varietals available to consumers who want them. These include the following:
The reason Kona Peaberry coffee is so expensive is that peaberries themselves are rare. Peaberries are the natural product of a mutation the coffee bean undergoes inside of its cherry.
Instead of dividing into two beans per fruit, the coffee beans that become peaberries morph into only one fruit. This mutation is extremely rare and occurs in only 5 percent of all the coffee grown in the world.
And if the rarity of the mutation weren't enough to spike the price, peaberries can only be detected after the beans have been picked and processed, so they must be hand-sorted to be collected and sold, which increases the price further.
In addition to offering a richer taste, Kona coffee made from peaberries is also slightly sweeter and more complex in flavor. While it is significantly more expensive than other types of Kona coffee, the flavor, aroma and color are worth the added cost for many consumers.
Customers who want to purchase Pooki's Mahi's Kona coffee single serve pods will quickly find that all varieties of Kona coffee are offered.
There are Kona coffee Peaberry single serve pods available as well as decaf Kona coffee pods, Extra Fancy Kona coffee single serves and 100% Kona coffee single serves.
Few Kona coffee manufacturers offer 100% Kona coffee single serve pods, and these coffee cups generally go at a price point of about $2.76/cup.
There are many ways to store Kona coffee. The following are some of the most popular.
When stored properly, Kona coffee has an "expiration date" of between 3-5 months, although time, light, and moisture will all degrade the aroma and flavor of the coffee.
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