Kona Coffee

Thomas Wilmer

Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with Dave Bateman-Kona coffee industry expert, lecturer and owner of Heavenly Hawaiian Kona Coffee Farms on the Island of Hawaii. Located high on a mountainside above Kailua-Kona, Bateman farms estate-grown beans, operates the popular Konalani Coffee Bar and an enticing vacation rental.

Thomas Wilmer

Henry Nicholas Greenwell started a family citrus and coffee farm in Kealakekua on the Big Island of Hawaii in 1850. Greenwell Farms’ first award dates from 1873 when Henry Greenwell's coffee received an award of recognition at the World’s Fair in Vienna, Austria. Today great grandson Tommy Greenwell's family is revered as the OG of Hawaii’s Kona coffee farmers. Correspondent Tom Wilmer recently spent the day with Greenwell at his coffee plantation, so come along and join the conversation about the family’s history and Greenwell’s evolution into high-tech farming, where artificial intelligence is ushering a new era in harvesting and processing coffee beans. 

Thomas Wilmer

Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits Greenwell Farms on the island of Hawaii to discover the world of Kona coffee and the art of cupping.

Only coffee beans grown in the Kona District on the Big Island can claim the title Kona coffee. The identical bean grown on Kauai or Maui, for example, cannot legally be called Kona coffee.