The obvious answer from most people is the location in which it is grown. Kona coffee is only grown a long the Kona coast of Hawaii, making this one of the rarest coffee's in the world. Some say this coffee is revered throughout the coffee world for it's full bodied flavor and exotic aroma. Only coffee grown in this unique area in Hawaii can be called Kona coffee. Other's point to those who cultivate this dynamic crop. For they are the source. Without the farmer, there would be no coffee beans.
They say location is everything. The Kona Coffee belt was the only area they grew coffee because all the rest of the supposed good farming land was used to grow sugar cane. The Kona location was actually the last location. Hawaii coffee was grown first on Oahu, then on Kauai, and eventually on the Big Island. Hilo was actually the first location in which farmers cultivated coffee. It wasn't until Rev. Sam Ruggles took coffee to Kona did it find it's match. This particular location features fertile soil, perfect altitude- between 500 to 3,000 feet - on the slopes of two inactive volcanoes.
Flavor and Aroma
Nothing better to wake up to in the morning, than to a fresh cup of 100% Kona Coffee. If you cupped 100% Pure Kona coffee you taste buds would experience a tingle of acidity, combated by a clean complex flavor. Most consider a cup of Kona coffee to be sweet with fruity tones. Other say it has a simple complexity due to it lively taste. For me its smooth, mellow, and provides the right proportion of zing. For those of you interested in doing your own cupping CLICK HERE for the instructions and procedures to properly cup coffee.
According to Wikipedia a farmer "is a person engaged in agriculture, who raises living organisms for food or raw materials, generally including livestock husbandry and growing crops, such as produce and grain. A farmer might own the farmed land or might work as a laborer on land owned by others, but in advanced economies, a farmer is usually a farm owner, while employees of the farm are farm workers, farmhands, etc."
Well to us farmers represent our past, present and future. Everyone is talking about helping the environment and being green, well it starts with farming. A farmer molds the earth to according to their will, they provide sustenance, and make a great example. Similar to teachers they do not get near enough credit they deserve. Mahalo Nui Loa (Thank you very much) to each and every farmer.
What makes Kona Coffee Special?