History & Geography

Kona Coffee is one of the most unique and valued coffees in the world. Arabica coffee tree seedlings were first introduced to western Hawaii Island in the 1820’s by Samual Ruggles. The plant took to the soils and climatic conditions along the Kona coast. The Kona District is roughly 30 miles long running south from the Kona airport along the slopes of Hualalai and Muana Loa volcanoes at elevations between 800’ and 3000’ above sea level. This belt is ideally suited for growing coffee. It consists of rich slightly acidic volcanic soil; sunny in the morning and shaded by clouds often in the afternoon. During the rainy season of summer, most of the slopes receive about 60” of rain.