History Of Hawaiian Coffee Harvesting

The first coffee had been brought to Hawaiian Island in 1813 and planted in the island of Oahu. These were the Kona Coffee Beans. It is valued or it’s subtlety and flavors. Irrespective of its name and popularity, you will be surprised to know that coffee is not native to this state. 

Introduction of coffee in Hawaii

Plant cutting and coffee beans from Brazil had been brought to Oahu. The climate of Hawaii acted as a catalyst and helped during the time of harvesting. By the year 1828, these beans had been growing to a great extent on Big Island and turned out to be a successful cultural phenomenon and agricultural product. 

Peak time of production

For a major part of history, Kona coffee bean was only grown farms by small families. Still, now, it is grown by some of these families. During the peak production in the year of 1950-s there had been 6,000 acres of land growing this coffee at Big Island. This lead the production to 17 million pounds of coffee beans. This was certainly the largest in the world. 

Sometimes, there are changes in price, demand, and labor which can lead to falling in the production in between 1960 to 1980. This was when gourmet coffee started getting popular. It was the popularity of Kona beans which helped in improving the position of Kona Coffee across the world. Now, these beans have made its way to the supermarket and coffee shops around the world. 

Presently, Kona coffee beans are grown on 600 farms on Big Island. 

The blending of coffee beans

However, Kona coffee has high demand but it has a limited supply. Hence, it tends to be priced higher than the other coffees that are available. In order to make it more affordable to the customer, most of the roasters sell blends of Kona. The blend consists of expensive Kona beans with less expensive coffee beans secured from other parts of the globe. However, when you buy, keep a check on the amount of Kona coffee it contains as some of the blends have less Kona coffee.   

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