• Kona Coffee and Tea Company Café (map)
  • 74-5588 Palani Road
  • Kailua-Kona, HI, 96740
  • United States

We will offer a limited menu outside of our café on race-day, Saturday, October 12th.  Our café will be closed to the public to be the HOKA and Gatorade race-day headquarters. The outside booth will be open at 5am for all of you serious IRONMAN® World Championship fans to get your morning cup before the race begins. 

 

ABOUT THE IRONMAN®

WHAT IS AN IRONMAN® TRIATHLON?

An IRONMAN® Triathlon is a series of long-distance races consisting of a 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim, a 112-mile (180.25 km) bicycle ride and a marathon 26.2-mile (42.20 km) run, raced in that order and without a break. It is widely considered one of the most difficult one-day sporting events in the world.

Swim Triathlon

In the early ‘70’s, U.S. Navy Commander, John Collins, who was one of the greatest catalysts behind modern-day Triathlon, said, "Whoever finishes first, we'll call him the Iron Man." And that’s how the term “IRONMAN®” came to be.

IRONMAN® TRIATHLON HISTORY

From 1978 through 1980 the race was held on the island of Oahu. In 1980 the race was moved to the less urbanized Big Island where the course became: an open water swim in Kailua-Kona Bay, a bike ride across the Hawaiian lava desert to Hāwī and back, and a marathon run along the coast of the Big Island from Kailua-Kona to Keahole Point and back to Kailua-Kona, finishing on Aliʻi Drive.

OUR IRONMAN®: CISCO BESA

2019 marks the first year Kona Coffee & Tea has sponsored a sole athlete competing in the IRONMAN® World Championship. We feed him our peanut butter/banana with chia seeds on a bagel and he drinks a Kona Bullet (our version of Bulletproof coffee made with our Award-winning, 100% Kona coffee).

IRONMAN® qualifier, Francisco “Cisco” Besa. Cisco was born and raised in Kona, Hawaii. Just to participate in the IRONMAN® World Championship, you need to qualify by making good times in eligible triathlon races and a few years ago Cisco didn’t know how to swim and didn’t own a bike.

As an employee of the Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel (host hotel for the IRONMAN® World Championship) for many years, he and his coworkers are the team that set up for the Ironman events held at the hotel. And after seeing all the participants from the various age groups, Cisco thought, “Hey, if that 84-year-old man can do this, I can too!”…