Why is Kona Coffee so expensive?

It’s a common question amongst consumers of Kona Coffee about its expensive rates. To find out why it costs a great deal of money, let’s just go back to its origins and begin our discussion right from there. Amongst some of the most entitled products, Kona coffee is one such variety that is commercially grown in the United States. The beautiful cultivated volcanic slopes of Mauna Lao and Hualalai are home to these varieties. The conditions prevailing in this part of the country make it the perfect platter for Kona Coffee cultivation. Ample morning hour sunshine, afternoon rains, most suitable elevation in soil that is enriched with volcanic displaces form the reason why Kona coffee looks perfect in all aspects.

So climbing down to the point where Kona Coffee actually stands expensive as a product is mostly due to the enormous labour and effort behind its cultivation. Farmers in this region handpick Kona coffee leaves not just in the designated season but almost throughout the year. During the picking season the beautiful red coffee cherries are handpicked. The same tree is visited multiple times for handpicking the coffee cherries. A process of bean separation and segregation follows right after that. Larger sized beans are known to exhibit better quality prospects. This is largely followed by enormous drying, roasting and finally packing at Kona stores. Buying Kona coffee being a little on the expensive side costs 75-85 cents per pound of hand picked coffee beans.

A sour and untactful version of Kona coffee is the result of mechanical extraction of coffee beans by just shaking the trees manually. Over ripe and under ripe beans get unnoticeably mixed in this practice resulting in coffee beans of all sizes, as against the standard practice. Mechanical picking of beans costs 3 cents per pound.

Kona coffee constitutes only 1% of the total coffee intake around the world. The sparse availability adds to the expensive rates of Kona coffee. Recently Kona Coffee farms saw an unusual devastation due to Coffee Cherry Borer infestation. This directly resulted in reduced, limited availability and production. Reacting to the situation, coffee companies’ blend 10% Kona with 90% random coffee beans collected from all over the world. Our target stands at serving Hawaiian blend coffee.