Local Business Spotlight: Kona Coffee & Tea

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On the Big Island of Hawai’i, we are very particular about our coffee. On the west side of the island, we are fortunate to have the climate, elevation, and soil that creates the perfect coffee conditions – so it’s no surprise that Kona is home to some highly-recognized coffee. While we may be a little biased, we think Kona Coffee may just be the best in the world.

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At LUVA Real Estate, we recognize that a community-oriented cafe with quality coffee and a friendly vibe is a must, and we are fortunate enough to have such a place at Kona Coffee & Tea. Kona Coffee & Tea is a family-owned and operated café and is a favorite amongst both residents and visitors alike. Step into the quaint shop located in Kailua-Kona, and if the warm welcome from the baristas and staff don’t bring a smile to your face, the aroma of their award-winning Kona coffee surely will. We can always count on their café to be buzzing with happy caffeinated movers & shakers chatting about the latest happenings around town. One of the things we love most about their business is that it is a true farm-to-cup operation. All of the coffee served at Kona Coffee & Tea is grown on their single-estate farm located ten minutes up on Hualalai Mountain in Kona Coffee Country. The farm grows, mills, and roast their own beans in small batches to make sure each batch is roasted to perfection. Their coffee and teas have won numerous awards over the years including first place in the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Crown Cupping Competition, 2nd Place in the People’s Choice at the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival, and 1st place in Gevalia Grown Cupping Competition.

The Bolton family, owners and operators of this well-known establishments, has roots in Kona Coffee dating back to 1996 when they acquired 154 acres of ranch land located on the Kona CoffeeBelt. The first 20 acres of arabica coffee were planted two years later, when the family wasn’t busy working in construction for the family’s Construction Company. Two years later, and 99 acres more of coffee trees planted, the first coffee cherry was ready for processing! It was only two years after that in 2002 when they won 1st place in the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Cupping Competition. Their café, which they have called home since 2013, is located in the Kona Coast Shopping Center on Palani Road, but you can also purchase their coffee, tea, and other products like soap, honey, granola, and more.

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If you live on Big Island, chances are you frequent Kona Coffee & Tea. If you are visiting, we don’t think your trip would be complete with a stop into this local café. Big mahalo to the crew at Kona Coffee and Tea for being a quintessential piece to the Kona Coffee community.