Caffeinated in Kona, Hawaii: Visiting Greenwell Farms
Kona, Hawaii is known for producing some of the best-tasting coffee in the world.
In the mountains of Kona, there are quite a few coffee farms open for tours, but we visited Greenwell Coffee Farm at the suggestion of our rental car agent that day. We figured that, as a local, she would have a valid opinion on which farm would be the most enjoyable, and she did not steer us wrong.
Following our GPS to the address of the farm, we pulled off the road to a small parking lot leading to some of the most gorgeous farmland we’d ever seen.
Everywhere I looked in Hawaii seemed like a scene from a postcard.
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As we made our way towards the gift shop area, we were welcomed with fresh hot coffee and joined one of the complimentary tours that had begun just moments before our arrival.
We were shown around their piece of Hawaiian paradise, even getting to visit their coffee trees that were planted over 100 years ago known as “Grandma’s Trees.”
Coffee can only be considered true Kona coffee if it is produced in this region of Hawaii.
The weather and soil make for perfect growing conditions, but, since the region isn’t massive, this also makes for a more expensive coffee. Worth it? Yep.
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If 100% Kona coffee is too expensive, we can definitely recommend some of the Kona coffee blends which are still amazing. We love Chocolate Macadamia Nut by Greenwell Farms!
The fruit on the coffee tree is called a “cherry” and contains seeds, or what we know as coffee beans. All Kona coffee cherries are picked by hand.
While we didn’t get to see the farm in operation, we did learn that Greenwell not only grown their own coffee, but also buy from hundreds of Kona coffee farmers in the area.
Their facility is set up to receive, weigh, mill, dry, roast, package and store the coffee beans, so everything is done right here on site.
While wandering through the coffee plants, the whole experience seemed very surreal as we were drinking in the beautiful surroundings along with our cups full of heavenly coffee.
From the sights to the smells to the tastes, Greenwell Farms was a true delight to the senses!
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Of course, we took home plenty of coffee, but we couldn’t pass up buying a genuine Greenwell Farms coffee bag made of burlap as well.
Check out these and our other souvenirs in our post 5 Best Souvenirs from the Islands of Hawaii!
Have you tried Kona coffee? Have you visited a coffee farm? What’s your favorite type of coffee? Share your love of coffee in the comments below!
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Jennifer is the founder of Just Chasing Rabbits travel blog. She lives in Mississippi with husband/travel companion, Mark, and doggie-daughter, Gizmo. After obtaining a BA degree in studio art and working in the field of photography for years, Jenni has combined her love of travel and photography to form this blog. Mark and Jenni share their experiences in hopes of inspiring others to have wonderful adventures and see the world.
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