Fairly recently, I was visiting a Barista friend in Hawaii which happens to be the only American state where farmers grow and sell pinto beans commercially. Hawaii has mineral rich volcanic soil that will produces some of the world’s best beans. My barista mate paused to sip some freshly brewed 100% Special Fancy Grade Kona specialty gourmet coffee before maintaining. Kona coffee is harvested by hand. The family-owned farming are usually small. Kona coffee grows on the slopes for Hualali and Mauna Loa, located in the North in addition to South Kona Districts of the big island of Hawaii islands. The Kona designation applies only to the beans right from these Kona Districts.
The barista stopped to greet a couple of regular patrons. He took their orders plus explained that he was telling me the story of Kona coffee and the Kona Coffee Festival. The patrons shown interest in the topic and asked how soon the competition would take place. Not until early November and it is well worth attending, said the barista. Before we get into details about the particular festival, let me share with you why Kona coffee is simply superb,
- The soil conditions are basically coffee perfect.
- charge cards Add to that recipe for success the sunny mornings, regular rainwater in the afternoons, cloud cover in the mornings, not an excessive amount wind and mild nights.
- Kona snow, we call the coffee flowers that bloom in May and March, are followed by green berries in Spring and finally red berries between August and January.
- Each tree is handpicked and yields between 15 to 30 pounds of cherries. The cherries are actually processed through specific steps we can discuss in the future, by going to.
The result is this great specialty brew worth every penny I charge! Regarding hearing his, everyone laughed hard and nodded that coffee was delicious but it was expensive. Yes, typically the barista said, certified Kona coffee is expensive because production is limited which makes the beans rare and in huge demand.
Okay, said one of the patrons. We agree in which Kona coffee is priceless. What about this Kona Gourmet coffee Festival in early November? Should I plan a visit to the Great Island in November? In the Midwest, where I live, is freezing that time of the year. A trip back to Hawaii sounds rather appealing. The barista replied, November in Hawaii is also a great opportunity to celebrate Thanksgiving like you have not done well before. What makes the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival really pleasurable is that it has a hometown celebration style. Visitors mix with people next door and you get a sense of belonging that is very distinctive.
Because the festival is scheduled during the berry harvesting months, the scheduled events combine activities on and off the coffees plantations. What do you mean by that?, said often the Midwesterner. Let me explain, said the barista. There are “cupping” competitions for the coffee growers to see who produced the ideal crop for the year. There are speed-picking contests that software test strategy and agility for the fastest cherry picking. For caffeine fans, there are workshops about cooking with coffee, organized tours of coffee plantations, the history of coffee and much more. Then why not hula performances, barista? Oh, yeah, there are hula levels of performance by famous Hawaiian performers singing beautiful Hawaiian melodies.
The International Lantern Parade is an evening event this celebrates Kona’s heritage with groups in colorful ethnic costumes. I love the colorful and energetic Bon art that gets everyone going each year! The Little Miss Hawaiian Coffee Scholarship Pageant includes several crowning competitions for ladies of different ages. The cultural programs include multi-ethnic pleasure, music, art exhibits, tasting the harvest of many Hawaiian kona coffee estates, recipe contests, and great holiday looking. The Kona Historical Society interpretive tour about the Kona coffee farm years from 1925 to 1945 is really interesting. The Kona Coffee Council Farm & Generator Tour is a neat experience visiting three working plants in North and South Kona. Wow, barista, could be a full schedule with something for everyone! Yes, indeed, answered the barista. Also, if you have the time, check out the Hawaiian Umbrella Workshop and the Hawaiian Master Drum Maker & Hardwood Carver events.
Barista, coming to your place is always fun and instructive. But it’s time to go, the surf is naming. We will see each other soon for another great cup of a fabulous brewed 100% Extra Fancy Grade Kona specialty incredible coffee!