KONA BLEND COFFEE
Kona Blend Often is Not a Blend of Kona Coffees
Have you seen advertisements or bags of "Kona Blend Coffee" sold in stores? You may have thought that those are blends of different Kona coffees. Well, they are probably not.
Kona coffee is well known as one of the world's best high-quality specialty coffees, growing in favorable conditions on the high rocky volcanic mountains in the Kona districts in Western Hawaii. Kona coffee is sold as roasted or green Kona coffee beans. Coffee roasters and blenders take advantage and capitalize on its fame and high prices.
Hawaiian Kona Coffee and Kona Blends
When you see coffees labeled as a Kona coffee blend it is often a blend of different coffees comprising just 10% Kona coffee and the rest of it other coffees, like Colombia coffee, Brazilian coffee or other foreign coffee origins.
Kona coffee is one of the most expensive coffees in the world. It often sells at twice or more the price of Colombian coffee. But the "Kona blends" often are not even Kona, just a blend with some Kona in it. Yet it sells at the high prices common for the Hawaiian coffee just because it has the word Kona in it.
Unfair, But Legal
This is unfair and misleading, as people are led to believe that they buy high-quality Kona coffee. But it is legal. Coffee may legally be sold as a Kona blend as long as it has 10 percent Kona in it.
It is up to the coffee roasters and blenders to blend in whatever other coffees they desire, and they are not even required by law to list what other coffees are included in the blend.
So, when you buy a Kona blend, just be advised that it is probably not a blend of different Hawaii Kona coffee types, just a coffee blend with a small percentage of Kona coffe blended into it.
Buying 100% Kona Coffee
Do you want to buy real 100 percent Kona coffee from Hawaii? Then look for labels announcing just this, "100% Kona Coffee." This means that it is pure Kona coffee, not a blend of other coffees.
If you do desire a Kona coffee blend, then I recommend that you buy regular 100% Kona and another kind of pure coffee, say 100% Colombian coffee, and do the blend yourself. This way you know for certain that you have a true blend of Kona coffee of Hawaii.
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