February 2nd, 2012
Rabina brought me back some Kona coffee from a trip to Hawaii. It’s one of the most expensive coffees in the world and although it’s grown from arabica beans (commonly grown throughout the world), the complex micro climate of the Hawaiian region of Kona gives the coffee a distinct and original taste. The first coffee plant was brought from Brazil to the Kona region in 1828 by and English merchant, Samuel Ruggles.
Kona coffee is hand picked, fermented and washed. It’s mellow, but at the same time full bodied and clean tasting with flowery notes.
As Kona coffee is quite expensive, some retailers sell blends which can contain as much as 90% cheaper imported beans, without having to specify what the mixture contains. Bags of Kona coffee should contain 100% Kona beans in order to be authentic.