We are newly (last few months) converted coffee lovers. I think it became apparent when two family members, on different sides, gifted us a fancy coffee maker and rare beans. I can’t say we know our bean roasts or recommend a good brand of coffee, yet, but I can say that the locally grown Lion Coffee brand – toasted coconut blend – is our first choice for jump-starting the day.

In honor of National Coffee Day, and our newly found addiction, here’s a little history of Coffee in Hawaii and some places we recommend visiting if you are a coffee connoisseur:

DID YOU KNOW?
THE STATE OF HAWAII IS THE ONLY STATE IN THE UNITED STATES TO GROW COFFEE COMMERCIALLY.

(not to be mistaken with US territories such as Puerto Rico which also farms coffee. Additionally, at the time of writing this, California and Georgia are now running experimental coffee farms to see the potential of a (U.S) continental farm).

The state of Hawaii consists of eight main islands: Big Island (aka Hawaii Island), Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe, Oahu, Kauai, and Niihau. Although we are the most isolated population on earth, the islands are world suppliers of ambrosial coffee. Out of the eight islands, five grow coffee commercially. Cultivation of the Coffee bean, primarily the Arabica bean,  began alongside the Sugarcane industry in 1800’s. The first introduction to the crop started around 1828 on the Big Island which would later birth its familiar name “Kona-Coffee.”

Coffee is grown and exported year round in Hawaii. For a time, industrial Hawaii had two primary money crops, sugar, and coffee. Seeing that our largest sugar factories shut down, I think it’s safe to say that, with over 8,000 acres on 790+ farms, coffee won that debacle. However, in global sales, Hawaii is a drop in the bucket that is the coffee industry.

Other than Lion Coffee – Coconut Blend, throughout our travels our favorites would have to be:
Mary: Santorini Coffee (Santorini, Greece)
Reid: Columbian Coffee (Key West, Florida)

Click here and here for more info on coffee and specifically, the facts about coffee in Hawaii.

In honor of Coffee Day, this post was created to fill you in on some info you may not have known and if you’re a coffee loving tourist, hopefully, we pointed you in the right direction. This post was not sponsored. Thank you for reading, have a beautiful moment!

Author

Wanderlustyle is a travel orientated blog by Reid and Maryrose, a Hawaii-based couple in the pursuit to help others live a venturesome lifestyle. They love to explore new places, document their adventures, relieve their travel experiences via written word, and share tips along the way in hopes for the reader to achieve the best out of their journeys. If you would like to know more, visit the "About Us" section to really understand the lifestyle they hope to cultivate in others!

1 Comment

  1. Hey you two new coffee “lovers” as you put it! What took so long?! Nice write up about coffee in Hawaii 🙂

    Did you know that the largest coffee farm in Hawaii (and the U.S.) is on Kauai? Yup! You’d think it’d be on the Big Island with their, well, BIG island and their prestigious Kona coffee (my personal fav is the Kona peaberry from the Hualalai estate), but it’s not. Sweet little Kalaheo, Kauai takes that honor. I used to live on Kauai and I’d often take visitors there for a fun tour of their farm plus you get to taste ALL of their different coffees.

    Can’t wait for you two to run through Oahu and show us all the best coffee spots!

Write A Comment