CoffeeNate #18: What is Kona Coffee?

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Ahhh, it’s good to be back!  Wow, it’s been over a month since I’ve published a video, and I was really feeling it.  This video is full of great info about Kona coffee, but admittedly so, it’s a bit dry.  I didn’t really notice until I was finished, but I seem a little on the mopey side…not at all the case, but video tends to require a little more pizazz.  Okay, enough ripping myself…

Kona coffee….what is it?….why is it so freaking expensive?…is Kona coffee worth the huge price tag?  Those are the questions I am

here to answer today.  First of all, Kona coffee is the only coffee that is grown, processed, and exported from the good ‘ole US of A!  Kona coffee, in order to carry the lable %100 Kona Coffee, must be of  high quality and grown in the Kona region of the “Big Island” of Hawaii.  Buyer beware of many imitations that are labeled “Kona Type”, “Kona Blend”, or “Kona Style”.  These are some of the misleading phrases that you will find in knock offs, intended to mislead you, the consumer.

Kona coffee is unique because the region’s climate is such that there is the right amount of humidity, rain, and sun that that Arabica coffea thrives in.  Unlike other origins, Kona does not have a signature note such as Ethiopian Yirgacheffe or Kenyans.  Although there is no all encompassing descriptor for Kona coffees, they all seem to possess a superior flavor.

For this episode I sampled some %100 Kona Coffee from The Coffee Beanery.  I found this coffee to be very complex for a single origin coffee, it is a full bodied coffee, with hints of nutty brown sugar and citrus offer a wonderful contradiction that simply works.  The finish is sweet, pleasant, and long.  I was quite impressed with this coffee.  Although it is priced at a premium grade of $43.99 for a pound, when compared with purchasing an inferior grade coffee from your local shop, it is actually a cost saver!

I also received a pound of The Coffee Beanery’s Fair Trade Certified Guatemalan.  It is a medium roast that offers a full bodied taste with pungent notes and a strong but pleasing acidity.  It’s not often that I like a Central American coffee, but I was pleasantly surprised by the crisp flavor of the Guatemalan.  The price point on the Fair Trade Guatemalan is a value at just $12.99 for a pound!

If you are someone, like me, who enjoys the variety of tastes found in the coffees from around the globe, then I implore you to give this %100 Kona a try.   BUT…if you are perfectly fine with drinking a decent cup of coffee, and subtle flavor notes don’t get you excited, then I highly recommend that you skip the Kona, and order up some of the Fair Trade Guatemalan.  You would be disappointed with the Kona if you are not a coffee snob like me 😉

I recommend purchasing coffee from the Coffee Beanery, as they offer great customer service, quality fine coffees at very reasonable prices, and consumer friendly promotions.

SPECIAL FOR COFFEENATE VISITORS!For a limited time (until October 15th 2009) when you purchase any coffee, brewer, or accessory from the Coffee Beanery, CoffeeNate visitors will receive a special discount of %25!  There is NO MINIMUM purchase required, and all you have to do is visit their site, and use the coupon code: CoffeeNate09 when ordering.


Nate is a special kind of coffee lover. He began drinking the same swill that most others do, but thought there must be something better out there. Sure enough, he was right, even more so than he ever dreamed possible. He soon found his way into the specialty coffee industry, and was tasting exceptional coffees from dozens of roasters from around the country. He is now committed to teaching others how they can appreciate coffee, and how they can make the best coffee in town and save money at the same time! Cheers c[_]

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