Kona coffee

wstsider

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I’m a coffee nut and I’m dying to try Kona coffee but I don’t wanna be disappointed! Is it worth the price?
 

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If its a Kona blend it has to have at least 3%(unless they upped it to 10%). If you buy single origin it has to be 100%. That being said...there are multiple of grades. Make sure you buy "extra fancy". If you are looking for a smooth cup this is it. Acidity so low its sweet.
 
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If its a Kona blend it has to have at least 3%(unless they upped it to 10%). If you buy single origin it has to be 100%. That being said...there are multiple of grades. Make sure you buy "extra fancy". If you are looking for a smooth cup this is it. Acidity so low its sweet.

Sweet thanks topher
 

wmark

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I have seen alot of dark roast Kona .............you gotta know that is shiite. All nuance is lost (if it is real) unless you are drinking a lighter roast
 

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100% Kona has been quite good whenever I have roasted it, it is more expensive than coffees that are just as good at a lower price point. I have justified purchasing it from time to time because it is a product of the USA. Something I can't seem to do for say Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee which is also good but expensive.

If you find quality beans roasted well you will not be disappointed IMO.
 
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Mr.Peaberry

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I have seen alot of dark roast Kona .............you gotta know that is shiite. All nuance is lost (if it is real) unless you are drinking a lighter roast

Actually, Wallace, I was recently given a 12oz bag of Kona coffee by a customer who travels to Hawaii every year and goes to this same grower everytime, but don't have a picture of the label I took just before my phone doing a factory reset and losing it, grrrr! Anyhow, it was a dark roast, and I was quite impressed with the taste. It was not harsh or over roasted in taste. I would say that if you prefer light roast, that this is not worth the money to get the dark roast, but if you like dark roast, you will not find a better product. They seem to know their beans!! Btw, I'm good friends with Alex Yoon. Actually went to Guatemala with him about two years ago.

Cheers!

Doug
 

TangyWasabi

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I would say its absolutely worth it, I treat myself to it occasionally. Volcanica coffee has some extra fancy for sale and will qualify for free 2 day air and Koa Coffee also has quite a few grades and estates to choose from but are roasted a little darker, both sell 100% Kona. Definitely give it a try!
 

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I have seen alot of dark roast Kona .............you gotta know that is shiite. All nuance is lost (if it is real) unless you are drinking a lighter roast
True but there are different levels of quality. 100% Kona Prime is not as expensive as extra fancy....but its still 100% Kona.
 
To answer the question "is it worth the price?":
No-one can determine that except you. If you really like it, you might consider it to be worth the price.
I would definitely recommend you try it as that is the only way to decide.

According to my palate and my wallet (I'm very frugal), no way is it worth the massive price.
It's good, but not THAT good.
I feel the same way about Jamaican Blue Mountain.
But that's my opinion for what it's worth.

I enjoy finding coffees that offer a relatively great taste for a relatively low price.
It is a permanent research project ......
 

Antony44

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Kona Joe is one of the few Kona coffee plantations that grow, buy, toast and sell - that's all, a coffee machine that uses the grill system, like in wineries. There is a fee, but it's worth it - and the coffee is great !!https://grilliam.com/
 
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riverbill

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Kona is expensive because it is grown in America, which has minimum wage laws. It isn't a very high altitude bean, and many of the most sought after coffees world-wide are grown at much higher altitudes, where coffee beans grow larger and more consistently. It's more expensive, and not necessarily better than a central American hard bean.

People tend to think Kona is the best because they vacationed there, or because of marketing.
 

topher

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Supply and demand is a factor as well. I am sure if they produced as much as Brazil they would not be charging as much.
 

riverbill

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I don’t know if that’s still the situation, but everyone make sure they're getting the true deal.
 

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Genuine Kona Coffee is highly prized throughout the world for its full bodied flavor and pleasing aroma. Coffee trees thrive on the cool slopes of the Hualalai and Mauna Loa Mountains in rich volcanic soil and afternoon cloud cover.
 

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