Tips for Purchasing Kona Coffee
There are several considerations that you might want to have present when purchasing Kona coffee:
1. Make sure it is 100% Kona Coffee.
There are many brands of coffee that have the word "Kona" in the name but are not Kona. There are also many that are a "Kona Blend". A Kona blend can contain as little as 10% Kona beans or even none.
Wondering how is possible that you can find some 1 LB (16 OZ) of "Kona Coffee" bags sold at lower prices? Well, perhaps you are getting a "Kona-Blend", or lower grades beans that are being sold as 100% Kona Coffee. Be aware! There are a lot of scammers out there!
Always read the label. Look for the 100% seals of approval of the Kona Coffee Council, the Kona Coffee Farmers Association, and the Hawaii Department of Agriculture 100% Kona certification.
Make sure that you are getting what you are paying for: 100% Kona Coffee.
2. Check the size and weight of the bag.
Be aware that some packages look to be the same size but some contain only 7 ounces, or even 6.5 ounces instead of 8 ounces. At King's Cup 100% Kona Coffee, we always over fill our bags slightly (we take in count the bag weight) in order to make sure that you receive the amount of coffee that you were told that you are purchasing.
3. Look for Kona coffee that is fresh.
You are paying for a premium gourmet product, so you expect it to be fresh. In order to ensure freshness, we recommend you:
Purchase coffee that roasted to order, and in small batches.
Purchase packages with the one-way valve (degassing valve) that let the gasses from roasting escape, without letting in air that will make it stale quickly.
Look for bags that have solid sides. We suggest you to avoid packages with transparent panels, because light affects the coffee freshness.
Purchase whole beans, which keeps freshness longer than ground coffee.
Storage your coffee beans at room temperature, in a opaque container, with an airtight lid until you are ready to brew, then just grind the amount that you are going to use. if you decide to refrigerate or freeze your beans, be sure to use a good airtight container, to avoid the beans to absorb moisture, or freezer burn.
Kona Coffee Brewing Tips
Grind only the amount that you need, just before brewing. There is a significant difference in the flavor of freshly ground coffee.
Some coffee experts suggest using two (2) level tablespoons of ground coffee for each six (6) ounces of water, or 2.5 tablespoons for a stronger flavor. Other suggest, including the NCA (National Coffee Association), is to use 3 ounces of ground coffee for every 10 ounces of water.
A mesure that we use at home, using a standard drip and drop coffee maker: use 1/4 cup of ground coffee for every 4 cups of water (1/4 cup = 4 tablespoons) so, doing the math, for brewing the full 12 cups jar of a standard coffee maker, use 3/4 cup of ground coffee (or 12 tablespoons). At the end, it would depend if you like a lighter or stronger flavor, so make the adjustments until you find the balance that works for you.
You can brew your coffee either using a French press, or just use your coffee maker.
Always use clean water, cold and not boiled before.
The water temperature should be between 195 and 205 degrees Fahrenheit.