Kona Coffee Beans: Hawaii's Culinary Gem

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There's nothing quite like the invigorating aroma of freshly brewed Kona coffee. The moment you’re handed your cup by your favourite barista, you know you’re into something special – and the full sensory experience begins.

Grown exclusively on the volcanic slopes of Hawaii's Big Island, Kona coffee is renowned for its smooth, rich flavour and distinct character. It’s one of the most exquisitely delicious and sought-after commodities of its kind, more than justifying its high price tag.

But why is it that the Hawaiian coffee you brew at home doesn’t taste quite as good as the stuff poured by your barista?  How can you do justice to the best Kona coffee beans at home, if you don’t have a five-figure commercial coffee maker in your kitchen?

The answer – there are really just five essential steps in the process of brewing the best Kona coffee from Hawaii at home, as follows:


The foundation of a sublime cup of Kona coffee lies in the beans themselves. When choosing Kona coffee beans, opt for 100% Kona coffee to ensure an authentic and premium experience. Look for beans labelled with "100% Kona Coffee" to guarantee that you're savouring the true essence of this Hawaiian coffee gem. Some high-quality blends are ok, but 100% Kona coffee is the real deal.


Freshness is key when it comes to coffee, which starts with the grinding process. Invest in a high-quality burr grinder and grind your Kona coffee beans just before brewing. For a standard drip coffee maker, aim for a medium grind that resembles granulated sugar. This consistency ensures optimal extraction and prevents over-extraction or bitterness.


The brewing method you choose can significantly impact the flavour profile of your Kona coffee. Here are two popular methods to consider:

  1. French Press: This method accentuates the coffee's full-bodied and robust characteristics. Combine coarse-ground Kona coffee with hot water, allowing it to steep for about four minutes. Plunge the press slowly and enjoy the rich, textured brew.
  2. Pour-Over: For those who prefer a cleaner and brighter cup, the pour over method is ideal. Place a paper filter in a pour-over dripper, add your medium-ground Kona coffee and slowly pour hot water in circular motions. This method offers precision and control over the brewing process.


As for the logistics of the brewing process itself, there are a few essential rules and good practice guidelines to follow:

  1. Boil fresh, filtered water and let it cool slightly. Water temperature plays a vital role; aim for around 195-205°F (90-96°C) for optimal extraction.
  2. Preheat your chosen brewing vessel, typically a French press or pour-over dripper, by rinsing it with hot water. This step helps maintain the coffee's temperature during brewing.
  3. Add your freshly ground Kona coffee to the brewing vessel. For a standard 8-ounce cup, a ratio of 1 to 2 tablespoons of coffee per cup of water is a good starting point. Adjust the ratio to suit your taste preferences.
  4. Slowly pour the hot water over the coffee grounds in a circular motion, ensuring even saturation. For pour-over, maintain a slow and steady pour to achieve a balanced extraction.
  5. Allow the coffee to brew for the recommended time, depending on your chosen brewing method. For French press, around 4 minutes; for pour-over, aim for 2-3 minutes.
  6. Gently press the plunger if using a French press, or remove the dripper if using the pour-over method.


Before diving in, take at least a few moments to inhale the aroma of your freshly brewed Kona coffee.  Of course, whether you apply any added extras at this point is up to you, but this really is an exquisite commodity that’s best enjoyed in its pure and natural form.

You can order freshly roasted 100% Kona coffee from Hayman’s online store. It is available as green coffee beans (for home roasting with your coffee roaster), roasted whole bean coffee, ground coffee, Nespresso compatible pods*, and coffee pods compatible with Keurig K Cup coffee makers (incl. Keurig 2.0 models)** – click here to order your Hawaii Kona coffee now, we are offering free worldwide shipping!


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