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Why Buy Certified 100% Kona Coffee?

August 29, 2019 | No Comments »

A recent presentation given by the Hawaii Department of Agriculture, Quality Assurance Division (HDOA) at the Hawaii Coffee Association’s annual conference revealed the coffee certification and grading statistics for the 2018-2019 season. At Hawaiian Queen Coffee we have every single bean of our 100% Kona coffee independently certified for origin and grade (quality) by the Hawaii Department of Agriculture. This is a voluntary quality control procedure that many farms in Hawaii decline to participate in due to the stringent requirements.

The highest grade of 100% Kona coffee is Extra-Fancy. According to the report given by the HDOA, the Extra-Fancy crop was just 1% of the total coffee submitted for certification statewide during the 2018-2019 season. Our Hawaiian Queen Coffee farm certified 16.7% of our total crop as Extra-Fancy during the same period.

The second highest grade of 100% Kona coffee is Fancy. According to the report given by the HDOA, the Fancy crop was just 1.4% of the total coffee submitted for certification statewide during the 2018-2019 season. Our Hawaiian Queen Coffee farm certified 18.5% of our total crop as Fancy during the same period.

The third highest grade of 100% Kona coffee is No. 1 (misleading isn’t it?). According to the report given by the HDOA, the No. 1 crop was 10.5% of the total coffee submitted for certification statewide during the 2018-2019 season. Our Hawaiian Queen Coffee farm certified 17.4% of our total crop as No. 1 during the same period.

The lowest grade of 100% Kona coffee is Prime. According to the report given by the HDOA, the Prime crop was 69.5% of the total coffee submitted for certification statewide during the 2018-2019 season. Our Hawaiian Queen Coffee farm certified just 33.4% of our total crop as Prime during the same period.

Peaberry is a rare special grade of 100% Kona coffee. According to the report given by the HDOA, the Peaberry crop was just 0.8% of the total coffee submitted for certification statewide during the 2018-2019 season. Our Hawaiian Queen Coffee farm produced 4.5% of our total crop as Peaberry during the same period.

We have been able to achieve such quality coffee through rigorous sustainable farming practices and maintaining very high quality control standards. A large amount of the Hawaii coffee industry does not submit any coffee for certification. There are many farms that are accurately labeling the grade of their coffee although it is not being certified by the HDOA. There are also many other farms that are mislabeling and marketing their coffee as Extra-Fancy or Fancy although it only meets the standard for Prime.

Is the coffee you are drinking certified by the HDOA? Does it truly meet the standard for Extra-Fancy? Is the Peaberry independently inspected for quality control? Be careful of deceptive labeling! Drink our certified 100% Kona coffee and taste the difference in every cup!

48th Annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival

November 17, 2018 | Comments Off on 48th Annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival

Since its inception in 1970, the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival has sought to preserve, perpetuate and promote Kona’s nearly 200 year coffee heritage.  The festival features ten days of festivities honoring pioneers, farmers, artisans & Kona coffee!  The annual Kona coffee harvest that has sustained Kona’s agriculture community is celebrated every November.  There is something for every Kona coffee lover with signature events including a Kona Coffee & Art Stroll, Kona Coffee Cupping Competition, and the International Lantern Parade.

Hawaiian Queen Coffee received the 3rd place award at the 2018 Kona Coffee Cupping Competition, Crown Division with our 100% Kona coffee.  This is the sixth time that we have placed in the top-3 of this prestigious event.

Peaberry 100% Kona Coffee Included on Ispirare Coffee’s Best Coffees in the World in 2018

September 21, 2018 | Comments Off on Peaberry 100% Kona Coffee Included on Ispirare Coffee’s Best Coffees in the World in 2018

Our Hawaiian Queen Coffee Peaberry 100% Kona Coffee was selected for a review by Ispirare Coffee.  It received an outstanding score in both the espresso and pour over categories and was included in their list of The Best Coffees in the World in 2018.

“This is a special coffee from Hawaiian Queen Coffee, who is both the farmer & the roaster of the coffee… The coffees are grown on the volcanic soils of Hawaii, and typically roasted at the farm, which is unique in the coffee world.”

“This is a Peaberry Kona and it’s an extremely rare coffee, with Peaberry Kona representing only 5% of the Kona Harvest.  A Peaberry coffee bean is a bean that doesn’t break into two halves, it’s a naturally occuring mutation where the bean grows around two-thirds full.  The beans are pulled from the regular harvest, because their smaller size packs more flavor… which might make a great gift for one of your coffee loving friends.”

“As an espresso it was creamy and smooth, but finished with a darker flavor.  A very unique flavor…”

“This would be considered the coffee drinker’s coffee, it’s smooth and flavorful with the classic full flavor of a great coffee.  It had a nice balance of acidity, some chocolate, and again a really rich feel.”

Read the full review here.

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Hawaii Coffee Association 9th Statewide Coffee Cupping Competition

July 4, 2018 | Comments Off on Hawaii Coffee Association 9th Statewide Coffee Cupping Competition

The Hawaii Coffee Association held its annual conference at the Maui Tropical Plantation from July 19-21, 2017.  In conjunction with the conference, the HCA also held the 9th annual statewide coffee cupping competition which had 107 total entries.  The competition is divided into two divisions, commercial and creative, and is open to all coffee farms in Hawaii.

Hawaiian Queen Coffee placed 2 entries in the Top 5 of the commercial division.  We are very proud to have received the 4th and 5th place awards at this exciting event!  We have now received 4 awards at this competition over the past 2 years with our 100% Kona coffee.

Hawaii Coffee Association 8th Statewide Coffee Cupping Competition

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The Hawaii Coffee Association held its annual conference at the Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel in July 2016.  In conjunction with the conference, the HCA also held the 8th annual statewide coffee cupping competition.  The competition is divided into two divisions, commercial and creative, and is open to all coffee farms in Hawaii.

Hawaiian Queen Coffee placed 2 entries in the Top 10 of the commercial division with our 100% Kona coffee.  We are very proud to have received the 9th and 5th place awards at this exciting event!

46th Annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival

July 3, 2018 | Comments Off on 46th Annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival

Since its inception in 1970, the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival has sought to preserve, perpetuate and promote Kona’s unique nearly 200 year coffee heritage. With nearly 50 events over 10 days there’s something for every Kona coffee lover. Festival signature events include a Kona Coffee & Art Stroll, Kona Coffee Cupping Competition, Kona Coffee Farm & Mill Tours, International Lantern Parade or explore Kona coffee country’s cafe’s, shopping and community with a self-guided driving tour brochure.

Hawaiian Queen Coffee took 3rd Place in the 2016 Kona Coffee Cupping Competition, Crown Division with our 100% Kona coffee.  This is the fifth time that we have placed in the top-3 of this prestigious event.

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44th Annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival

November 20, 2014 | Comments Off on 44th Annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival

 

Since its inception in 1970 the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival has sought to preserve, perpetuate and promote Kona’s nearly 200-year coffee heritage. The Festival features 10 days of festivities honoring pioneers, farmers, artisans & coffee! The annual Kona coffee harvest that has sustained Kona’s agricultural community for nearly 200 years is celebrated every November. The award-winning Kona Coffee Cultural Festival, recognized as the oldest and one of the most successful food festivals in Hawaii, honors Kona’s cultural heritage and recognizes the accomplishments of Kona coffee pioneers, farmers and artisans.

In 2014, Hawaiian Queen Coffee took 1st Place in the annual Kona Coffee Cupping Competition, Crown division for the second consecutive year. We thank you all for your support and seek to continue to offer the consistent champion grade 100% Kona coffee we have become known for.
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43rd Annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival

November 18, 2013 | Comments Off on 43rd Annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival

Since its inception in 1970, the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival has sought to preserve, perpetuate and promote Kona’s unique 180+ year coffee heritage. With nearly 50 events over 10 days there’s something for every Kona coffee lover. Festival signature events include a Kona Coffee & Art Stroll, Kona Coffee Cupping Competition, Kona Coffee Farm & Mill Tours, International Lantern Parade or explore Kona coffee country’s cafe’s, shopping and community with a self-guided driving tour brochure.

Hawaiian Queen Coffee took 1st Place in the 2013 Kona Coffee Cupping Competition, Crown division. Throughout our history Hawaiian Queen has won multiple awards ranging from the taste of our 100% Kona coffee to the label and logo design, as well as for our website.

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42nd Annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival

December 18, 2012 | Comments Off on 42nd Annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival

Since its inception in 1970, the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival has sought to preserve, perpetuate and promote Kona’s unique 180+ year coffee heritage. With nearly 50 events over 10 days there’s something for every Kona coffee lover. Festival signature events include a Kona Coffee & Art Stroll, Kona Coffee Cupping Competition, Kona Coffee Farm & Mill Tours, International Lantern Parade or explore Kona coffee country’s cafe’s, shopping and community with a self-guided driving tour brochure.

Hawaiian Queen Coffee took 2nd Place in the 2012 Kona Coffee Cupping Competition with our 100% Kona coffee.  Throughout our history Hawaiian Queen Coffee has won multiple awards ranging from the taste of our coffee to the label and logo design, as well as for our website.

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41st Annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival

February 16, 2012 | Comments Off on 41st Annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival

Since its inception in 1970, the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival has sought to preserve, perpetuate and promote Kona’s unique 183-year coffee heritage. With nearly 50 events over 10 days there’s something for every Kona coffee lover. Festival signature events include a Kona Coffee & Art Stroll, Kona Coffee Cupping Competition, Kona Coffee Farm & Mill Tours, International Lantern Parade or explore Kona coffee country’s cafe’s, shopping and community with a self-guided driving tour brochure.

Hawaiian Queen Coffee took 2nd Place in the Kona Coffee Cupping Competition.  Throughout our history Hawaiian Queen Coffee has won multiple awards ranging from the taste of our 100% Kona coffee to the label and logo design, as well as for our website.