Kona Coffee: Why Such a High Price For This Hawaiian Coffee?

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Amazon Prime Day opens the door to a whole world of epic deals and discounts. Play your cards right and you might even score a bag of the best Kona coffee beans at a bargain price. Or at least, a bargain price compared to the usual costs of this world-famous Hawaiian coffee.

Chances are that if you know one thing about the best Kona coffee Hawaii produces, it’s the fact that it’s never cheap. Even with Amazon Prime Day discounts factored in, it’s never going to be a bargain commodity.

Of course, ask your typical coffee connoisseur about the whole thing and they’ll undoubtedly tell you that Hawaiian coffee justifies every penny and more. A bag of the best Kona coffee beans is one of the most sought-after commodities in the world of specialty coffee – one that millions are quite happy to pay a high price for.

But why exactly is it that this type of Hawaiian coffee is so comparatively expensive?

Quite simply, there are three factors behind the price of the best Kona coffee beans, which we have summarized below:

1)The Kona Coffee Belt is Tiny

First of all, the region in which the best Kona coffee beans can be grown and harvested is tiny. It measures approximately 30 miles in length and is less than 1 mile wide, leaving very little room for farmers to produce coffee. In total, the entire region occupies just 40 square miles. As a result, this region accounts for less than 1% of all coffee grown each year on a global basis. There’s so little of the stuff to go around that by the time each year’s harvest is ready to ship, it’s usually been reserved in advance for some time.

2) Traditional Cultivation Practices

Kona coffee is grown in a particularly rugged and challenging landscape, in some instances around 2,500 feet above sea level and on the side of an active volcano. This makes it impossible for any conventional heavy machinery or automated systems to be used in any part of the cultivation, harvesting or production processes.  The entire thing from start to finish is done by hand – the kinds of traditional cultivation practices that have been completely eliminated elsewhere. It takes time, effort and a serious amount of hard work to make the best Kona coffee beans.

3) A True Crowd-Pleaser

In addition to the above, this isn’t the kind of weird and wacky gourmet coffee you have to be a seasoned connoisseur to appreciate. It doesn’t have any bizarre flavor notes and nor is it too deep or complex to enjoy as a regular cup. It is simply one of the most delicious and palatable coffees on the face of the earth, which absolutely anyone who appreciates good coffee will get a serious kick out of. Quite literally, in fact, as it also has a slightly higher overall caffeine content than most comparable coffees!

If you would like to learn more about Hawaiian coffee or any other gourmet coffee we specialize in at Hayman, we’d be delighted to hear from you any time.

In case you don’t feel like waiting until the next Amazon Prime Day, you can order the best Kona coffee Hawaii produces from Hayman’s online store. At our specialty coffee store, the best Kona coffee Hawaii produces is available for you as unroasted coffee beans / raw coffee beans (for home roasting), roasted whole bean coffee, roasted ground coffee, Nespresso®* compatible pods, and coffee pods compatible with Keurig K Cup coffee makers (incl. Keurig 2.0 models)**. Click here to order today, we offer free worldwide shipping! 


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