Kona’s rich volcanic soil, along with the careful growing and processing of the coffee bean, results in a sweet, smooth, bright and delicate flavor profile.
Roast Level: Medium
Farm: Greenwell Farms
Origin: Manoa Valley, Oahu
Altitude: 1,500 FT
Coffee growing began in the Manoa Valley of Oahu in 1813. The first plantings came from seedlings of the Typica plant found in Brazil. The Kona region did not get its first coffee until 1828, when missionary Samuel Riggles brought the beloved plants to the area.
Greenwell Farms began producing some of Hawaii’s best coffees in 1850, when Henry Nicholas Greenwell and his wife, Elizabeth Hall, first set foot on the fertile soil of rural Kona. For 40 years Henry and Elizabeth cultivated and perfected Kona-style coffee. In 1873 the Greenwells received recognition at the World’s Fair in Vienna, Austria for their groundbreaking coffee farming.
The tradition of growing fine coffee continues today with the Greenwells’ descendants. In addition to growing coffee, the farm’s wet and dry mills process the cherries picked on their own and neighboring farms. While the farm has evolved to include modern processing facilities, the traditions and standards of quality placed in 1850 by Henry remain today.