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Origin: Kona coffee
Roast: Medium-Light
Tasting Notes: Honey-butter, toffee, nougat, jasmine, cacao, stone fruit (peach and apricot). Light and syrupy mouthfeel. (natural/ unflavored)

100% KONA COFFEE | BRIGHT MEDIUM-LIGHT ROAST

For bright and sweet coffee lovers, our lighter 100% Kona medium roast coffee - Kona Bloom - comes from the same farm as our popular Kona dark roast called Kona Moon. It's a naturally sweet and floral Extra Fancy Kona coffee with tasting notes of jasmine, peach, honey, caramel, and toffee.

Compared with coffees from other regions, like Ka'u or Maui, our medium-light roast Kona coffee beans have a smooth mouthfeel, and peach, jasmine, and cacao aromas. In contrast, both of our popular Ka'u coffees - Ka'u Morning Glory and Ka'u Wood Valley Single Estate - are brighter, akin to white wine, and our Maui coffee - Maui Mellow has stronger notes of roasted nuts. 

This Kona coffee is roasted to order with the roast day stamped on the bag. It's perfect for medium-light roast Kona coffee aficionados seeking naturally sweet & juicy coffees.

BACKGROUND: PROCESS OF REFINEMENT 

Before roasting, each of our Kona coffee undergoes three additional steps that elevate the quality and meets our expectations: optical sorting, grading, and storing in Grain-pro bags.

✓ Grading separates the beans into different sizes and removes some defects. This creates a clean consistency in the cup.
✓ Optical sorting removes remaining defects, discolored and damaged beans.
✓ Grain-pro storage protects the delicate coffee from Hawaii's humid environment.
✓ Bean size We use a larger bean size for this Kona medium roast, which is both beautiful to look at and, weʻve noticed, tastes a bit fruitier and more floral in the cup.

In addition to harvesting ripe Kona coffee cherry, these three steps separate exceptional specialty-grade Kona coffee from commodity-grade Kona coffees, which can be overly acidic or bitter. Thatʻs one among many reasons to choose specialty Kona medium roast coffees, like Kona Bloom, over others.

DOMESTIC SHIPPING RATES

FedEx 2Day delivery is free on U.S. orders over $59.00. Under $59, standard shipping rates are $5.95. 

Standard U.S. fulfillment times are 2 - 5 business days. Holiday fulfillment  times vary, and can be 5 + days. 

Upgrade to priority shipping for faster fulfillment times.

HAWAII SHIPPING UPGRADES

  • FedEx Priority (1 - 3 business days) $14.50*
  • FedEx Standard (2 - 4 business days) $9.50*
  • Order value over $59: Free FedEx Standard upgrade (3 - 5 business days)
  • Order value under $59: $5.95 USPS (3 - 6 business days)

DOMESTIC SHIPPING UPGRADES

  • FedEx Priority (2 - 4 business days) $16.50*
  • FedEx Standard (3 - 5 business days) $10.50*
  • Order value over $59: Free FedEx upgrade (4 - 6 business days)
  • Order value under $59: $5.95 USPS (4 - 7 business days)

* Priority FedEx shipping may be purchased at the time of checkout. This prioritizes your shipment in the queue.

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING RATES

Hawaii to Canada*
Up to 1 lb: $11
1 - 2lb $14
2 - 3lb: $17
3 - 4lb: $25
4 - 5lb: $35
5 - 10lb: $42
11 - 25lb: $56 
25 - 99lb: $87 

Hawaii to Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, & South Pacific*
Up to 1 lb: $16
1- 2lb $18
2 - 3lb: $25
3 - 4lb: $37
4 - 5lb: $43
5 - 10lb: $63
11 - 25lb: $93 
25 - 50lb: $165

Hawaii to Europe*
Up to 1 lb: $16
1- 2lb $18
2 - 3lb: $25
3 - 4lb: $37
4 - 5lb: $41
5 - 10lb: $59
11 - 25lb: $85
25 - 50lb: $142

Hawaii to the Middle East*
Up to 1 lb: $16
1- 2lb $18
2 - 3lb: $25
3 - 4lb: $37
4 - 5lb: $43
5 - 10lb: $65
11 - 25lb: $104
25 - 50lb: $180

Hawaii to the South & Central America*
Up to 1 lb: $16
1- 2lb $18
2 - 3lb: $25
3 - 4lb: $37
4 - 5lb: $39
5 - 10lb: $61
11 - 25lb: $90
25 - 50lb: $128

* Please note that customs and duties are displayed at checkout.

FULFILLMENT TIMES

Orders are roasted Sunday-Thursday and shipped Monday-Friday. Roast dates are applied to your order.

We cannot ship Fedex packages on Friday, Saturdays nor Sunday.

ESPRESSO BITES

Because Espresso Bites are made without stabilizers or preservatives, they may bloom or melt when shipping temperatures exceed 80 F. If this is a concern in your location please select FedEx shipping.

If you notice a white color to your bar, it's perfectly safe to eat. This happens when the cocoa butter softens and migrates to the surface. It happens more often when shipping in warm weather. Learn more about blooming.

Espresso Bites that melt or bloom when shipped via FedEx are eligible for a full refund or credit.

Espresso Bites that melt or bloom when the buyer elects Free Shipping or standard USPS are eligible for a credit.

If your order is incorrect or damaged in any way, please email us at hello@bigislandcoffeeroasters.com with your order number within 7 days of receiving your order.

CREDITS, RETURNS & EXCHANGES FOR PERISHABLES

We stand behind the quality of all our coffees and want nothing more than for you to love them.

Please consider your preferences and ensure the coffee(s) you order align with those preferences. For example, if you love dark roasts, we strongly advise you only order dark roasts.

If you're dissatisfied with any of our coffees, please reach out to us at aloha@bigislandcoffeeroasters.com within 7 days of receipt and we'll do our best to find the right coffee for you. Please note that we do not provide refunds or returns for perishable products.

If your coffees arrive damaged, please send a photo of the box in the condition you received it within 7 days to aloha@bigislandcoffeeroasters.com. We'll send a replacement.

If you receive the wrong items, please contact us within 7 days of receipt and we'll gladly provide a replacement or credit. We may request you mail it back for inspection and assessment.

COVID UPDATE: We are not responsible for the tracking or delivery of packages once they leave our facility and are in the hands of the carrier. Carriers are experiencing record volumes and transit times may change based on conditions at the time. We are not responsible for packages that are delayed or changes in transit time due to Acts of God. However, if your package fails to arrive or disappears en route, please contact our team.

AUTO-RENEW PRODUCTS

We offer a 5% discount on auto-renew products. In order to be eligible for the discount, we require two shipments. You may swap to a second product if you are not satisfied with the first. This policy is to deter individuals from purchasing a subscription for a single shipment solely for discounts.

RETURN INFORMATION 

All merchandise and non-perishable, non-coffee items may be returned or exchanged within 14 days of receipt. Please reach out to us at aloha@bigislandcoffeeroasters.com and our team will be happy to facilitate. To be eligible for a full refund, items must be in original packaging and in new condition. Please include your full name and order number with the return.

Once your return is received and inspected, we will send you an email to notify you that we have received your returned item. We will also notify you of the approval or rejection of your refund.

Please note: Only regular priced items may be refunded. Sale items cannot be refunded.

Roasted coffees are not eligible for refund.

RETURN ADDRESS

Big Island Coffee Roasters, PO BOX 400, Mountain View, HI 96771

Hawaiian Coffee Club Subscriptions

HAWAIIAN COFFEES

Our Hawaiian coffees are roasted to order and milled in small batches. Each bag is date stamped, so you know when it was roasted.

What's so important about fresh roasted coffee?

The fresher the coffee, the more intensity you’ll get because great flavors and aromas fade over time.

About 100% Kona Coffee

For some, 100% Kona coffee is the peak of the coffee experience. Others may have no idea what Kona coffee means and why it matters -- but it only takes a sip to create a Kona coffee convert. However, there are lots of purported Kona coffee brands, and some might actually be Kona coffee in name only, so it's important to know what to look for when you're on a quest for the most exquisite coffee taste in the world. 

It all starts with the coffee tree. Technically, coffee grows on flowering shrubs, but whether you call it a plant, a bush or a tree won't change how coffee cherry seeds are raised and processed into what we know as coffee. Ever since coffee was introduced to Hawaii in the early 19th century, coffee making has expanded across the islands with various varieties, though the most dominant is known as Kona Typica. 


Originating in Guatemala, Kona Typica has thrived in the climate and soil of Kona, which is a small growing region just two miles long on the western edge of the Big Island. A member of the coffea arabica family, Kona Typica coffee is a high-quality coffee bean that's more difficult to cultivate than its close cousin, coffea rusika, but it yields a smooth taste with low acidity and a heavy body. 


Trimmed short at about a foot or less, Kona coffee is hand-picked from its bushy trees when the cherries that contain the coffee bean are ripe red, which is the ideal and perfect time for harvesting. 


What is 100% Kona?


Just like how champagne can only be made from grapes grown in the Champagne wine region in Northeastern France, 100% Kona coffee only comes from a specific region in Hawaii known as the Kona Coffee Belt. That means only Kona coffee grown in the Kona Coffee Growing Region can be deemed 100% Kona coffee.


The Kona coffee region is a short, two-mile-long area on the western edge of the Kona island, with altitudes that range from 600 to 2,500 ft. Believe it or not, but this small region has hundreds of small farms, each with no more than a few acres. Some of the larger farms may have a few hundred acres, but compared to other coffee growers worldwide, Kona coffee production is rather limited. 


Kona Coffee Conditions


Because Kona coffee grows in specific conditions unique to the Kona region of the Big Island, there's a lot that goes into the Kona medium roast or Kona coffee espresso that ends up in your cup. 


The first important factor is elevation, which gives 100% Kona coffee the ideal temperature and precipitation needed to grow its delicious coffee beans. High up in the hills of Hualalai and Mauna Loa, temperatures are much cooler than the balmy coastal areas, which allows the beans to mature more slowly, resulting in a more complex, denser coffee bean.


The heavy rains that the region sees also gives the beans an ample amount of fresh water with an average of 60 inches of rain per year. Sure, it might not rain that much in the coastal regions, but up on the Kona hills, rain is a frequent and welcome sight for those growing 100% Kona coffee on the steep slopes.


But the rain isn't the only welcome sight in the Kona growing region -- rainclouds also provide the necessary shade to keep the coffee trees cool and locked in with moisture that would otherwise evaporate away in the hot Hawaiian sun. It's this slow development that makes for a denser and more flavorful bean, which is what gives 100% Kona coffee its full-bodied and rich taste.


Slope is also important to making a great bag of 100% Kona medium roast like our Kona Bloom coffee, and the ideal slope helps keep moisture from building up at the roots, causing root rot, or flowing away too quickly for the coffee tree to get adequate hydration.


The area's volcanic soil also helps establish ideal conditions for growing coffee beans as it contains valuable nutrients that the Kona coffee plant needs to grow and flourish. Unlike other types of soil, the region's rich soil also quickly absorbs moisture yet is dense enough (along with slope) to reject root rot by preventing pooling.


Evaluating the Numbers


While most coffee production in the world is governed by large plots, large yields and large-scale agricultural work, the Kona coffee region yields just two million pounds of Kona coffee on under 3,000 acres or 30 hectares. Brazil, by comparison as the largest coffee producer in the world, devotes more than two million hectares of land to grow almost 5 billion pounds of coffee.


That means that even the largest operation in Kona is quite small by global standards. But it's those small grows that are actually part of what makes 100% Kona coffee so delicious -- Kona coffee is grown more precisely and attentively by hand, and growers have a closer, more intimate relationship with the coffee beans grown in Kona more than anywhere else in the world. 


While other coffees might stand out because of the size of their operation, elevation or precipitation, Kona coffee has just that right balance of all factors that makes it one of the best tasting cups of coffee anywhere. Other coffees may do one thing well -- like Colombian coffees that are grown in high elevation, African coffees that are grown in earthy soils, and the sheer variety of South American coffees -- but only 100% Kona coffee really checks all the boxes.


Kona coffees receive an ideal amount of sun and precipitation, and the soil is perfectly balanced for both. The passion of the growers also can't be overstated, which enables Kona coffee to be grown consistently season after season, making 100% Kona coffee a delicious treat year after year.