Hawaii Kona Fancy Rainforest Organic Farm
Not only it is the only American grown coffee, but coffee connoisseurs also recognize 100% Kona Coffee as not “just” coffee. Kona Coffee has a story to tell, grown under the afternoon clouds shading the coffee trees on the slopes of the Hualalai and Mauna Loa volcanically active mountains, this unique environment brings to Kona coffee a unique flavor profile, an unmatchable sweetness, and delicate floral experience. After Kona's dry winters, the rain comes and turns the coffee trees into beautifully flowered bushes with invading jasmine scent …when autumn comes, the cherries that replaced the flowers are mature and harvest begins. Only coffee grown in the North and South districts of Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii can be called Kona Coffee.
The Farm Story
This year we have gone to meet with Robert and Dawn from Rainforest Farm, rather newcomers in Kona since it was planted in 1999. In 2006 Robert and Dawn decided to convert to organic and committed to using only organic farming methods for the health of their trees, themselves and our planet. All coffee cherry skins and parchment husk produced by the mill as by-products are composted and returned to the orchards to build new soil. Only organic fertilizers and naturally occurring soil amendments are used. Green waste is trucked in for mulching and weed control as no herbicides or pesticides are used in the orchards.
What is special about our Kona?
At Kona Rainforest Farm, science and nature work hand in hand. Robert and Dawn decided to add a layer of control over the fermentation process of their crop. Fermenting the pulped cherries using a natural strain of bacterias and microorganisms before washing and drying to allow themselves more control over the crop.