Frequently asked questions
Why do you use "100%" everywhere you mention Kona Coffee?
Because of it's quality, rarity and resulting market price, Kona Coffee is regularly counterfitted. Only about 2.7 million pounds of Kona coffee is produced in the Kona district every year. However, approximately 20 million pounds of coffee is sold as "Kona Coffee".
What are coffee "grades" so I know what I am buying?
The Hawaiian Dept. of Agriculture defines what the various grades are. The grades are based primarily on size along with other factors. Once coffee is harvested and dried, it is then sorted according to these grades. Although there are 8 grades defined, Hawaiian Mana Farm only sells the top 3 grades of coffee (and Peaberry). "Kona Extra Fancy", "Kona Fancy" and "Kona No. 1". The latter two are packaged together as our standard" 100% Kona Coffee".
What is Peaberry?
Peaberry is not a grade but a type (it is Type 2) and is very rare (approx. 3-5% of all coffee harvested) and highly sought after. They vary in size but are generaly small. Normally, coffee cherries contain two beans. These beans (known as Type 1) have a flat side resulting from the two beans pressing against one another within the cherry. A Peaberry results when only one bean grows within the cherry. This gives the one bean all of the nutrition normally split between two beans. A Peaberry is almost perfectly round and smaller than usual. Similar in size and shape as a pea and thus it's name. Because of the round shape, peaberries roast more evenly too.