Puna Coffee Beans

Coffee Growing in the Puna District of the Big Island of Hawaii

More than three dozen coffee farmers are cultivating at least 125 acres of coffee in the Puna region on the southeast side of the Big Island of Hawaii. This is the newest of the Big Island regions to begin expanding coffee farming beyond the famed Kona Coffee Country.

Coffee plant varietals being cultivated in Puna include primarily Typica and Caturra along with a smaller number of Moka coffee plants.

Most of Puna’s coffee farms are in the Hawaiian Acres area and average about three acres in size and are located at elevations ranging from about 1,000 feet to 2,500 feet above sea level.

The Puna region produces about 50,000 pounds of coffee cherry (coffee fruit) each year which translates to about 10,000 pounds of roasted coffee.

The coffees grown in Puna are known for having a full body along with nutty overtones. The coffee has a generally heavy character and when given a medium roast it has been compared to Yemen Mocha Coffee.

Early History of Puna Coffee

During the middle of the nineteenth century large amounts of coffee were grown in the Puna region between Glenwood and Keaau. When Hawaii’s sugarcane era began and the Puna Sugar Plantation was established the coffee fields were plowed under and the lands were planted with sugarcane.

With the demise of sugar it made way for coffee to reappear in the Puna area and it took hold most prominently in the Hawaiian Acres region.

For more information see: Hawaii Coffee; Big Island Coffee; Kona Coffee; Kau Coffee; Hamakua Coffee; Hilo Coffee; Oahu Coffee; Maui Coffee; Molokai Coffee; Kauai Coffee; Hawaii Coffee Grading; Hawaii Coffee Facts; Hawaii Coffee History – Kona Coffee History; Kona Coffee Farm Tours.

Puna Coffee and Espresso Brewing Tips

For tips on brewing the perfect cup of Hawaii coffee see our section titled All About Coffee including tips on Coffee Brewing. You can also read detailed coffee flavor profiles of Gourmet Coffees and instructions on preparing the finest Espresso Drink Recipes.

For tips on espresso brewing see Pulling A Perfect Espresso Shot as well as the How to make Lattes and Cappuccinos.

See detailed definitions of coffee terminology in the Coffee and Espresso Glossary.  History buffs will love the World’s Best History of Coffee.

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