Facts About Hawaii Coffee
Hawaii is the only state that grows coffee, thanks to its unique tropical climate.
How many coffee farms are there in all throughout all of the Hawaiian Islands?
The Kona region has between 650 and 700 coffee farms, most just three to seven acres in size. With the decline and then complete end of the sugarcane era in the Hawaiian Islands there has been a recent move toward planting coffee as an alternative agricultural crop in many areas other than Kona.
The other coffee farms on the Big Island include farms in the districts of Kau, Puna and Hamakua (about 40 farms) and on the other Hawaiian Islands (about 50 farms) including coffee farms on Oahu, Maui, Molokai and Kauai.
The three biggest coffee farms in Hawaii include a 4,000-acre coffee plantation on Kauai, a 500-acre plantation on Molokai, nearly 200 acres on Oahu, and a 500-acre plantation on Maui.
How many acres of land in Hawaii are planted with coffee, and how much coffee do these coffee farms produce?
Total acreage of coffee grown in Kona is about 2,000 acres, while the total coffee acreage in Hawaii overall is about 7,800 acres and more than half of that is on islands other than the Big Island of Hawaii.
Coffee farms in Hawaii produce about 1,400 pounds of coffee per acre per year on average. A three to five acre Hawaii coffee farm may yield about 20,000 to 40,000 pounds of coffee fruit, which is known as coffee cherry.
How much coffee is produced each year in Kona Coffee Country?
A large amount of the Kona coffee crop is blended with other coffee beans (e.g., 90% Central American coffee beans mixed with 10% Kona Coffee beans to produce Hawaii Kona Blend Coffee), and thus there is an average of about twenty million pounds of coffee sold each year with the label of Kona Coffee (though much of it is more properly described as Hawaii Kona Blend Coffee).
Overall Hawaii Coffee Production
The State of Hawaii currently produces about seven to nine million pounds of green coffee beans (unroasted coffee beans) each year.
Hawaiian Coffee Grading
The State of Hawaii has defined five different grades for green coffee beans (unroasted coffee beans): Hawaii Extra Fancy, Hawaii Fancy, Hawaii No. 1, Hawaii Select, Hawaii Prime, Hawaii No. 3, and Offgrade.
For more information on these see Hawaii Coffee Grading.
Professional 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.