Growing

Coffee is a fruit. Good coffee farming practices require constant weed control in the orchards, mowing of erosion control grass between rows of trees, fertilization, pruning after harvesting and constant suckering (removing young branch starts from the trunk and limbs). Kona coffee is generally a Kona Typica variety or other Coffea Arabica varieties which are grown by over 900 farmers (mostly 3-7 acres) on about 4,500 acres in the Kona District. Heavenly Hawaiian Farms, with 37.5 acres, is one of the larger Kona coffee farms. 33 acres are planted with over 19,000 trees.