Hawaii has been producing coffee since the mid-nineteenth century â€” before it was even a state. The British warship H.M.S. Blonde brought coffee trees to the islands from Brazil in 1825.
Although coffee is produced on all the Hawaiian islands, it is Kona coffee, which is grown on the Big Island, that is revered as the stateâ€™s best. Kona coffee is grown in the rich volcanic soil on the slopes of the active Mauna Loa volcano where frequent island showers keep the plants nourished and protected from intense sunlight. Kona coffee produces such a deliciously rich, aromatic cup of medium body that coffee buyers have pushed Kona prices up in recent years, making it one of most expensive coffees in the world.