Big Island, Big Coffee
Collected by Andrea Rip, AFAR Local Expert
A trip to the Big Island of Hawaii is not complete without gaining a little education about Kona coffee. There are a number of coffee farms dotting the Island to make tours convenient. For those seeking a little caffeine, free samples are available at each farm.
75-5669 Ali'i Dr, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA
Kona coffee is famous around the world as one of Hawaii's best known products. The relatively small coffee growing area on the Big Island of Hawaii produces only a small fraction of the world's coffee beans. The limited production makes Hawaii...
88-2636 Papa Homestead Rd, Captain Cook, HI 96704, USA
For a different view of coffee, visit the Big Island in February and March when the coffee plants are blossoming in white. Called Kona "snow" by some, the plants are covered with the beautiful white flowers that precede the arrival of the valuable...
82-6199 Mamalahoa Hwy, Captain Cook, HI 96704, USA
For coffee connoisseurs the Kona Coffee Living History Farm illustrates the finer points of historical coffee making. The homestead operates with interpreters who illustrate the life of the Japanese immigrants who started coffee and macadamia nut...
96-2694 Wood Valley Rd, Pahala, HI 96777, USA
The region of Ka’u is so quiet and relatively unhurried that you’ll think you are on another planet, and with good reason. The least populated district in all of Hawai’i, it is a stone’s throw away from sunny Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. Ka’u...
96-2556 Mamalahoa Hwy, Pahala, HI 96777, USA
In the least-populated district of the Big Island, near Pahala, lies a group of pristine, cloud-haloed coffee farms. Called "Cloud Rest," these spruce-studded coffee farms lie on the slopes of the majestic Mauna Loa and enjoy rich, fertile soil...
78-1377 Bishop Rd, Holualoa, HI 96725, USA
The best Kona coffee I have ever tasted. EVER! When he pronounced the winner in Gevalia's Cupping Contest in 2010, judge John King said, "We were in 100% agreement that Buddha's Cup is the winner. The trick is keeping the classic Kona mellow,...
74-5035 Queen Kaahumanu Hwy #d, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA
With so many coffees to choose from, it will be hard to choose what to bring home. Coffee is great souvenir and all the shops and farms offer their beans and grounds along with coffee mugs, tshirts, and other souvenir items. Kona Coffee and Tea...
81-6581 Mamalahoa Hwy, Kealakekua, HI 96750, USA
Greenwell Farms showcases coffee growing and processing at its farm in the mauka (mountains) outside of Kona. Tours are available every day and depending what season you arrive in Hawaii, you will see coffee blossoms or cherries and the various...
73-1942 Ha'o St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, United States
To catch up on your coffee culture the Mountain Thunder Coffee Farm offers tours that explore coffee from "bean to cup." Mountain Thunder runs their entire operation from their two farm sites. After learning about coffee, they offer free tastings...
79-7346 Mamalahoa Hwy, Kealakekua, HI 96750, USA
Kona Joe grows their coffee on trellises. Their $15 guided tour explains their patented process, provides guests with samples of coffee and chocolate, and a free Kona Joe Mug. There is also a free self-guided walking tour available to those with...
83-5427 Mamalahoa Hwy, Captain Cook, HI 96704, USA
Right off the Mamalahoa Highway, the Kona Coffee Mill and Museum sells Kona Coffee, macadamia nuts, T-shirts, and heaps of Hawaii souvenirs. A perfect pit stop, you will find coffee samples and a small cafe on the lanai (porch) of the red farm...
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