The journey of a Kona Coffee & Tea coffee bean starts as a seed. Once planted in the rich volcanic soil of Hualalai, this sprout is nurtured by the sunny mornings, afternoon clouds, and regular rainfall. Located on the crown of the “Kona Coffee Belt”, our farm provides ideal growing conditions for the Arabica Typica coffee varietal, at 2,000 ft. above the sandy beaches of Kona. Our coffee is “single-estate”, which means it comes only from our farm where we can trace the origin of every bean.
Three years after planting, delicate white flowers emerge between January and May. These sweet-smelling blooms are affectionately known as “Kona snow”. As the “Kona snow” melts away, a bright green cherry develops, holding our precious coffee bean inside. Then once the summer sun ripens the cherry to red, our pickers meticulously look for only the perfect fruit to pick by hand, coming back to the same tree numerous times before the end of a harvest.
ARTFUL MILLING & ROASTING
From our fields, the bright coffee cherry travels ten minutes down a windy country road in Holualoa to our mill. The ripe cherry is then hulled, polished, cleaned, and graded by our wet and dry mill. Milled and dried green coffee beans are then roasted at the same facility. In small batches, our Master Roaster expertly transforms the different grades of green beans into the chocolate-hued Kona coffee beans we know and love. While crafting light, medium, full city, or dark roasts, she tests each batch to ensure the perfect taste, smell, and color. This journey ends for our prized coffee bean in a cup of velvety flavor. The roasted Kona Coffee & Tea beans are exclusively brewed and served in our café and are also available for purchase in our online shop.
There are very few Kona Coffee farms that grow, mill, and roast their own beans. And even fewer that can say, "From Our Farm to Your Cup". But that's exactly what takes place at The Kona Coffee and Tea Company.
Kona Coffee & Tea is family-owned-and-operated by the Bolton family. It was started by Dan and Jan Bolton by planting 20 acres of Kona coffee on old cattle ranch land called Waiono Meadows, located on the Kona Coffee Belt, in Holualoa. Today those first 20 acres have grown to over 200, the coffee has won numerous awards, and is enjoyed by fans around the world. Their daughter Malia and son Danny now handle the day-to-day operations.
See the artistry of our farm-to-cup operation for yourself and enjoy a curated coffee sampling in our coffee fields. Arrive by custom charter helicopter tour, provided by Paradise Helicopters.
Every year in November the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival celebrates all things Kona coffee, including holding a coveted blind cupping competition judged by experts from around the globe. Kona Coffee & Tea entered the crown division this year and won first place…
Gratitude should not be reserved for one day of the year. Gratitude is an integral part of what makes each and every one of us grow and shine. Here at Kona Coffee & Tea, we are overflowing with gratitude. The three amazing souls named below are just a small example of the countless passionate and dedicated family and staff that help to make Kona Coffee & Tea what you see and taste today.
In the memory of one lost life, others have been saved. On Tuesday, November 27th, 2018 we will give to The Daniel R. Sayre Memorial Foundation in celebration of #GivingTuesday. The foundation provides essential equipment and training to the Hawaii Island Fire Department who serves the Hawaii community. #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.
Grown on 8 acres free of pesticides and herbicides, our Malia Ohana coffee sold out last year and has not been available until now. The namesake of this coffee, Malia Bolton Hind, explains what makes this coffee so unique…
In the world of coffee, the beans seem to get all the credit, but the preparation of those beans makes a big difference in how you make a great cup of coffee. We would like to share with you some of our favorite, tried and true brewing methods and practices to make the perfect cup of coffee.
The family behind Kona Coffee & Tea is on the fall cover of edible Hawaiian Islands, a quarterly magazine that shares the stories of people who are growing, farming, ranching, fishing, and cooking our food in Hawaii. Malia gives us an behind the scenes look at how the cover came to be.
All year we patiently watch as the bright white coffee flowers turn into little green balls, then ripen into plump red coffee cherry. The end of summer brings the first harvest of coffee cherry when we invite the public to our farm to pick and learn about the process of growing Kona coffee…
Have you ever wondered what magical process is used to remove the caffeine from coffee to make decaf? Well, wonder no more. Plus, you might be surprised to learn that not all decaf is created equal.
There are many reasons to love coffee…taste, community, ceremony and of course the buzz. Caffeine is the natural component in coffee that gives you a lift when you drink it. Caffeine is found in the…
For the first time in a long time the Big Island of Hawai`i has made international news with the recent volcanic eruption. Yes, tragically, over 700 people have lost homes , but the majority of Island, including all airports and resort areas, are safe and open for business as usual.
You may have heard or read in the news lately about a ruling by a California Superior Court judge that may require coffee to come with a warning label. We at The Kona Coffee and Tea Company, find this ruling unfortunate and would like to take this opportunity to offer some clarification and education on this matter.
In celebration of Father’s Day, we sat down with the “Father” of Kona Coffee & Tea, Dan Bolton. We talked about his thoughts on fatherhood and his family business.
With volcanic vog in the air here and allergy season upon all of us, we wanted to take a closer look at Mamaki, a native Hawaiian plant that has been known for its traditional respiratory healing properties when made into tea.
Our barista Andrew finds out exactly where the honey in his coffee comes from on the Kona Coffee & Tea farm.
Here are six ways we are making our Kona café more green this year, including saving 187,200 plastic straws.
After 20 years of farming Kona coffee, the Bolton family thought it was time to update the look of the Kona Coffee & Tea coffee bag. They partnered with a Big Island designer to pay tribute to the farm that started it all.
Twenty years ago my parents took a leap of faith and planted 20 acres of Kona coffee with the hope that one day it would grow into something that could support their family and enrich their community. This is our story of how Kona Coffee and Tea came to be.
Talk about busy bees! The bees in our Kona coffee fields pollinate our coffee flowers and make amazing honey. Learn about the role bees play in our farm to cup Kona coffee operation.
Fall is harvest time, when we get to pluck the bright red “fruits of our labor” from the coffee trees. And because so much goes into each harvest, we thought we'd share the journey of the bean from farm to cup.
Every fall our tranquil town of Kona comes alive with thousands of triathletes from around the world and their followers. These athletes come to test their bodies and minds with one of the most grueling triathlons on the planet: The IRONMAN® World Championship...
Kona Coffee and Tea Company is dedicated not only to coffee, but also to building community relations around and through the coffee industry. We are constantly on the lookout for new, innovational, and local products. This month we are happy to announce the unveiling of a great new addition to our line, Kona Coffee Latte Soap...
On Saturday, August 26th, we invited the public to come to our Holualoa farm to pick the first coffee cherry of the season. The turnout was fantastic with over 40 people of all ages. These folks came from across the nation as well as from our own Kona community...
Aloha! Whether you are a local, a frequent visitor to the Island, or maybe you were here once for that special vacation, there is a mystique that follows the 100% Kona brand. If you have ever wondered ‘Just what is 100% Kona?’ and ‘Why does it taste so good?’, let us be your guide and we’ll walk you through the basic principles of what makes 100% Kona so special.