Buy Kona Coffee Online

Kona Coffee is grown and cultivated in the North and South areas of the Kona District on the Island of Hawai’i, commonly called the Big Island for its physical size. Kona Coffee has a reputation as a rare, expensive coffee with an exquisite taste for the discerning coffee drinker, and as such, has engendered an entire industry to grow and harvest it, package and market it, and to protect it in the global marketplace against less expensive coffee blends that take advantage of the Kona Coffee name and excellent marketability.

Reverend Samuel Ruggles, a member of the first American missionary party to arrive in Hawai’i from New England, is generally credited with bringing the first coffee cuttings to Kona where they flourished in the unique climate and volcanic soil abundant there.

Kona’s coffee-growing belt is extremely small by world standards, lending to its rarity and value to coffee connoisseurs. The growing region stretches for about 30 miles from north to south and is only about a mile wide. The best Kona Coffee grows only between 800-2500 feet above sea level. But the terrain is not a flat stretch of rolling fertile farmland and plantations. Remnants of hardened lava flows dot the Kona landscape, and coffee farmers have eked out an existence by growing their coffee on sloping acreage. Kona Coffee is primarily grown on small farms rarely more than 10 acres in size.

Cultivating Kona’s rocky soil is labor intensive because each tree is handpicked over and over again during the 6 month growing and harvesting season. Before the coffee is graded after handpicking, it is pulped, dried and hulled. Kona Coffee’s grades range from Kona Prime to the highest grade of Kona Extra Fancy. “Peaberry” is the rarest of the rare; coffee usually has 2 beans per cherry. When a coffee cherry has only 1 bean; it is called a “peaberry” – so Peaberry #1 and Peaberry Prime are the rarest of Kona coffees.

There is an entire Kona Coffee culture and industry that has evolved in the sun-kissed Kona region of Hawai’i. Visitors come from all over the globe to visit the coffee farms of Kona; the Kona Coffee Festival held annually in early November attracts thousands.

Where to Buy Kona Coffee Online

Company Name Description Pure or Blend Price per lb. Shipping Cost Amazon has an extensive selection of Kona varieties from a number of different sellers. Free shipping applies to many orders, outstanding satisfaction and return policy, and they can also ship internationally. Have Both $varies Free, see details
Kona Mountain Has farm & tour, has won awards at Kona Coffee festival, has 2 coffee retail shops (Kona & Honolulu) Pure $29.95
Top seller – Private Reserve
Free on orders over $75
Coffee Times Publishes Coffee Times Magazine, Has Zero Shelf Life Policy – all coffee fresh roasted & shipped to order only Pure $28 Peaberry & Extra Fancy, $30 Certified Organic FedEx $14/lb
Priority Mail $11/lb
Maui Coffee Co. Sells 100% Maui & Kona coffee and blends in 8 oz bags. Volume discounts given Pure & blends $32 Kona Peaberry Not clear on website, total out at time of checkout
Kona Coffee Cafe Offers 100% Kona Decaf Coffee. Join VIP Kona Coffee Club & they ship free monthly as long as you buy 1 lb. each month Pure $42 Ships Priority Mail
Athena of Hawaii Markets coffee as grown on their Kona family farm w/Athena as an 11 yr old girl Pure $29.50 Free shipping
Hawaiian Isles Kona Coffee Co. They sell cheap blends in a “clearance” section in their online store. Welcomes applications for wholesale accounts Pure & blends $34 Not clear on website, total out at time of checkout Pure $34 Peaberry Priority Mail, $7.50 for 1st lb, $3.50 ea add’l lb.
Bay View Farm Coffee Farm & Mill open 7 days/wk. Their website states that they have been forced to raise prices for first time in years due to drought & Coffee Berry Borer Beetle Pure $28 Peaberry Not clear on website, total out at time of checkout
Volcanica Coffee Also sells coffee on website from other countries such as Kenya, Costa Rica, etc. Pure $40 Extra Fancy Free shipping on 4 or more items; they charge $10/lb standard UPS, $45/lb overnight
Martinez Coffee Only sells 1 type of Kona Coffee (Honaunau Estates). Sells estates, specialty & blended coffees from other coffee-producing countries Pure and blends $40 Not clear on website, total out at time of checkout
Keke Lani Estate Has 6.5 acre coffee farm in Kona. They sell an Estate Blend that is 100% Kona but a blend of their different grades Pure 1 lb = $25
5 lb = $112
Priority Mail
Up to 2 lb $4.95
>2-4 lb $10.35
>4-10 lb shipping is free
Sweet Okole Coffee Company Distributed by Harrington’s Estate Farm Pure $29.50 Peaberry incl free Priority Mail shipping Most items have shipping included
Royal Kona Coffee You can shop at 3 websites & combine into 1 shopping cart: Royal Kona, Lion Coffee & Hawaiian Islands Tea. Offers free shipping with Coffee Club members & min shipping requirements, has a Royal Kona Visitors Center in Capt. Cook Pure and blends $34 Peaberry Not clear on website, total out at time of checkout
Koa Coffee Plantation Has a Coffee Club membership to save on shipping Pure $33 Peaberry Usually ships by Fed Ex, totals out at checkout
Pele Plantations Sells coffee from different Kona estates, doesn’t blend estate coffees. Offers a tour of their farm Pure $30 Peaberry Totals out at checkout depending on what type of shipping you choose