Beyond Kona coffee - Hawaii Business

Beyond Kona coffee - Hawaii Business

There are 6 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Nov 22, 2009, titled Beyond Kona coffee - Hawaii Business. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

Hawaii's coffee is reaching beyond the boundaries of Kona. Though still relatively small in comparison, coffee is becoming a crop of choice on the isles of Maui, Kauai, Molokai and Oahu, offering a diverse array of flavors representing Hawaii.

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Honolulu, HI

#1 Nov 22, 2009
with careful cultivation over time, hawaii has become a respected and desired source of good coffee. congratulations to the growers who've worked hard to make that happen. but there is a worm in the coffee beans; the presence of gmo coffee in the islands. big difference between big island coffee and the rest - on hawaii no gmo coffee is allowed. on the other islands it is and wherever its grown (and they aren't telling) it can hybridize with any other coffee out there within the range of its pollinators which for bees can be from two to six miles. the high end buyers know this. if you start your day with a good cup of coffee wouldn't you like to know its doesn't have any surprises in it?

Kaneohe, HI

#2 Nov 23, 2009
Yeh...everyone wants to Cash in...i think it stinks.
A Fish Out of H2O


#3 Nov 23, 2009
Since the demise of sugarcane and pineapple, it's great to see another crop being cultivated and have Hawaii still be considered a locale for it's agriculture besides being a destination for tourism.
joachim oster kona

San Diego, CA

#4 Nov 23, 2009
Ka'u is growing an excellent crop. You got to come down to the next years Ka'u Coffee Fest and check it out. The rest of the other islands crop is ok but can't touch the Ka'u or Kona quality. The soil and weather pattern is simply not there. Plus Kauai coffee is totally mechanized which means putting profit margin over taste. Ka'u would have had the same reputation if the region would have not had the sugar bust & boom. But where Kona has now their farmers PR and dollars to work against the 10% Blend issue and a century worth of promotion behind them, Ka'u coffee will be faked right out of the gate. People won't know what they are comparing it too.
joachim oster kona

San Diego, CA

#5 Nov 23, 2009
What do they refer to as the wholesale price for unroasted green as being $5.30 on the Big Island? Kona green sells right now btw $11 - 14 per LB depending on grade.

Kailua Kona, HI

#6 Nov 27, 2009
Coffee was originally tried all over the Sandwich Islands -- the Kingdom of Hawaii -- but Kona turned out to be ideal and produce the highest quality. After over 150 years of hard work and success, Kona Coffee has a stellar reputation. No wonder that all kjinds of interests are jumping on to exploit that reputation. Shawn Steinman makes his bucks by getting coffee growers to employ him: the more, the better. Small wonder he is in favor. Kau has a legitimate claim, they are doing things right and producing their own good coffee. Most others are corporate monsters: average farm in Kona= 2.5 acres. Compare to the 100 to hundreds of acres that the sugar and pineapple giants (now wanting)are cranking into production. Kona coffee cherry in 90% of the Kona Typica Variety. Others can be grown in full sun, pruned and harvested by machines, and processed with bull dozers. Kona Coffee is like Anchor Steam beer, or Sam Adams; the others are Bud and Coors: Lots of paid promo will get you buyers!

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