Uchida Kona Coffee Farm

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.

Thomas Wilmer

The Big Island of Hawaii’s 49th annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival—with more than 40 individual events—is scheduled for the first ten days in November. Join correspondent Tom Wilmer for an in-depth conversation with festival president Valerie Corcoran as she shares insights about Kona coffee’s history on the Big Island and highlights of the 2019 festival.

 

Ryan Nakata drying Kona coffee beans at the Kona Historical Society's Uchida Coffee Farm
Thomas Wilmer

Just a short hop down the road from the Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa is Kona Historical Society’s, Kona Coffee Living History farm, the onetime home of the Uchida Coffee farm founded in 1913.While staying at the Sheraton Kona, one of the most memorable nearby explorations was discovering how Kona coffee was grown and harvested by the pioneering Japanese farmers on the Big Island of Hawaii.