Lion Coffee – Taste the Coffee Bean Flavors
As part of the Kona 19th Annual Conference and Trade Show, the public was invited to tour award-winning Kona estates. Our guide gave a brief history of Kona, which began in the 1800s with Guatemalan beans, now known locally as Kona typica, and has evolved to include a number of different varieties and hybrids. The average kona coffee farm is about five acres, but the Kona coffee trees featured on the tour had significantly larger beans .
vanilla macadamia nut coffee – Kona Blends
chocolate macadamia nut coffee – Kona Blends
The estates of lion kona coffee, currently produces coffee on about 85 acres. The Lion of Kona demonstrated how arabica coffee plants are grafted onto liberica root stocks to produce plants that are resistant to the nematodes that plague the area’s coffee beans while maintaining the exceptional taste one expects from Kona coffee beans.
Best of Lion Kona Beans
After taking a look at Lion Kona beans processing equipment and drying porch, the tour moved to farming land in Hawaii is leased from the school district, which was granted ownership of more than 365,000 acres of land in 1883 as part of a bequest from Princess Bernice Pauahi, the last royal descendant of the Kamehameha line.
Not surprisingly, a scientific approach to farming, focusing heavily on experimentation, documentation and assessment in nearly every aspect of the operation. Discussed a number of different methods they’re testing to achieve cost and energy efficiency while producing consistently high-quality Kona coffee beans.
Toasted Coconut Coffee – LION
Lion Kona Ground
A quick stop at lion Kona featured the shade of some macadamia nut trees, a common companion to coffee trees on Kona mountain side.
While the basic growing and processing techniques are similar from farm to farm, each provides a remarkably unique view of coffee farming in Kona. Planting, pruning, weeding, milling and drying methods vary with each operation, and each farmer has his or her own style.
Lion Kona Coffee starts with the largest coffee beans
If you enjoy a great cup of Lion coffee, touring a coffee plantation is a wonderful way to broaden your knowledge and gain a newfound appreciation for all the hard work and thoughtfulness that goes into creating each exceptional cup.