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Wikipedia.com states, “Kona coffee is the market name for a variety of coffee (Coffea arabica) cultivated on the slopes of Hualalai Mountain and Mauna Loa in the North and South Kona Districts of the Big Island of Hawaii. The Kona weather pattern of bright sunny mornings, humid rainy afternoons and mild nights creates favorable coffee growing conditions. The combination of this relatively low yield crop and intensive hand labor that has allowed this liquid delicacy to develop a reputation that has made it one of the most expensive and sought-after coffees in the world. Only coffee from the Kona Districts can be legally described as “Kona.”

To further clarify, I will describe Kona for you and you will see why we have the best coffee. If you are hung up on “Coffea arabica”, hold your horses, and we’ll get there. First, we are going to start with the Districts of North and South Kona. North Kona is located on the side of Hualalai Mountain. South Kona stretches from Southern slopes of Hualalai down onto massive Mauna Loa Mountain. Both mountains are active volcanoes on the island of Hawaii, also known as the Big Island. Hualalai, is an 8,000 foot shield volcano, that last erupted only 200 years ago! And this volcano is tiny compared to Mauna Loa, the biggest volcano on the entire planet! That is right. Mauna Loa stands on its own, all the way from the bottom of the ocean floor to 13,679 feet above sea level! It is the single biggest land mass on earth! Mauna Loa’s most recent eruption was in 1984; more recent than you would’ve guessed, huh?

So, only the coffee grown in North and South Kona can be called “Kona Coffee.” Within both North and South Kona, the prime coffee growing area is only 3 miles wide and 20 miles long. Only here, the elements of extremely fertile soil and perfect weather conditions combine to create the ideal coffee growing climate. Many soil nutrients come directly from the Earth’s Core. The rich volcanic soil gives the coffee trees food and strength to produce flavorful coffee beans. Climate and elevation also play a critical role in growing coffee and bean size. Coffee trees like mid-to high elevations and thrive in areas where the mornings are sunny and the evenings are mild. In areas like this, coffee beans are able to grow bigger allowing them to marinate in more sugary juice. Only here in Kona, on a volcano, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean; location, climate, elevation and soil quality all come together, in a small area known as Kona, to make ideal coffee growing conditions. And you know what that means…Ideal coffee growing conditions = Happy Trees! Happy Trees = Great Coffee!

We do everything we can to make sure our coffee trees are happy and healthy but we cannot stress enough the importance of where our trees are planted. The Downes Grounds farm is located in Holualoa, the heart of the famous Kona Coffee Belt on the Big Island of Hawaii. All coffee that bears the name “Kona Coffee” must be grown in an area that is only three miles wide and twenty miles long. It is here, in this very specific location – in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and on the side of an active volcano – that the perfect coffee-growing conditions are found. The soil in Holualoa is rich and dark, packed with nutrients and microorganisms that have only risen from the Earth’s core to the Earth’s surface within the last few centuries. The relative youth of the Big Island on the Geologic Timescale has created the conditions for the extremely nutritious soil found in Kona as those nutrients have not broken down or been used yet.

Climate is another vital contributing factor to Holualoa’s amazing coffee: warm, sunny mornings with afternoon rain showers and cool crisp nights. Kona experiences all year round provides an environment that is ideal for coffee trees to grow and flourish. While we have a distinct wet and dry season here in Kona, we do not experience much temperature variation throughout the year; temperatures in the day average in the low 80s to high 70s and average in the mid to low 60s at night.

The early spring hand-pruning of each tree ensures that the new growth energy is captured for the total health of the trees and beans. We keep a watchful eye on the growing stages, from the flowering to the bean. In the late spring and summer months our Kona Coffee begins to ripen on the tree to become a rich full bean.

When blushing red, our Kona Coffee is hand-picked, pulped, fermented, and put on drying deck within 16 hours, where they are sun dried in the beautiful Kona sunshine for 7-14 days. The beans are then stored in a humidity controlled environment for aging. Dry milled and graded, we roast weekly and bag the warm beans to ensure ultimate freshness!

We are sure that you will enjoy your Downes Grounds 100% Pure Kona Coffee as we put our hearts into growing the best.

Information for this blog was taken from the Downes Grounds website.

 

When you arrive at our Hawaii Golf Condo, every guest will be treated to a ½ pound sample of Downes Grounds world famous Kona Coffee!

We hope you enjoy your stay with us.