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Why is the Kona Coffee Belt so Special?

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Kona Coffee is a world-renowned coffee that is exclusively grown on the slopes of two volcanoes on the Big Island, Hualalai and Mauna Loa, in a belt approximately 30 miles long and 3 miles wide. The porous and minerally rich volcanic soil creates a smoother, sweeter coffee and drains water naturally so the trees never water log.

The average farm in the belt is about 3-7 acres, most of which are family owned and operated. The trigger of the rainy season along the equator brings higher rainfall in the first six months of the year, resulting in a bloom of “Kona Snow”, the coffee flower which peaks in spring (March-April). The second half of the year is drier, with the crop peaking between August-November typically. The ideal conditions for coffee include being 25* to 30* of the equator, a rainy season without major seasons, temperatures around 50*F-75*F annually, natural drainage (preferably volcanic soil), shade in the form of cloud cover or forest and elevations of 1,000 to 3,000 ft. The Kona Coffee Belt demonstrates the ideal climate, rainfall and soil, and it produces gourmet coffee.