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What Makes Kona Coffee Different

In order to be called "Kona Coffee ", coffee must be grown in a small area on the West Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii. The Kona Coffee growing region is only about fifty square miles in all, and is farmed by small landowners. Like much of Hawaii, Kona offers ideal climate conditions for…
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History of Kona Coffee in Hawaii

How did this ornamental tree imported into Honolulu in about 1813 by Kamehameha the Great's Spanish interpreter and physician Don Francisco de Paula y Marin become Kona's economic mainstay? The first coffee was planted in Kona by missionary Samuel Ruggles in 1828 or 1829. These first arabica trees were taken from cuttings planted on Oahu…
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