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Origin: Kona coffee
Roast: Dark
Tasting Notes: Dark chocolate, hazelnut, graham cracker cookies; smooth and balanced

SMOOTH & BALANCED | DARK ROAST KONA COFFEE

For dark coffee lovers, our dark roast 100% Kona coffee - Kona Moon - comes from the same farm as our medium-light roast of Kona coffee, Kona Bloom These smooth, balanced, and sweet Kona coffee beans are unflavored and have real tasting notes of dark chocolate, hazelnut, graham cracker, and cookies.

Compared with our other dark roast Hawaiian coffees, Kona Moon is a bit more chocolatey and smooth, while Ka'u Darkwood is spicier.

BACKGROUND: PROCESS OF REFINEMENT 

After Kona Moon is milled, it undergoes three additional steps that elevate the quality and meets our expectations: optical sorting, grading, and storing in Grain-pro bags.

✓ Grading separates the Kona coffee 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.

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 coffees, like Kona Moon, over others.

DOMESTIC SHIPPING RATES

    HAWAII & DOMESTIC SHIPPING UPGRADES

    • FedEx Expedited (3 - 4 business days) $16.50*
    • Priority Upgrade (4 - 6 business days) $4.95 orders over $79 | $9.95 orders under $79
    • Order value over $79: Free General Shipping (6 - 8 business days)
    • Order value under $79: $5.95 General Shipping (6 - 8 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 

    Our policy for packages that have been received lasts 5 days. If 5 days have gone by since receiving your package, unfortunately we can’t offer you a refund or exchange.

    If your order has not been received, or has been lost by the carrier, please contact us immediately for assistance, including a refund, reshipment or help with tracking your package.

    All merchandise and non-perishable, non-coffee items may be returned or exchanged within 5 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.

     

    RETURN ADDRESS

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    Kona Peaberry

    BREW PERFECT KONA PEABERRY X HARIO V60

    Watch our step by step guide on how to brew Kona Peaberry coffee with a Hario V60.

    What you'll need:

    Kettle
    Scale
    Burr Grinder
    Coffee Dripper (Hario V60, etc...)
    Kona Peaberry

    Watch the video here

    Kona Moon

    What Makes 100% Kona Dark Roast Coffee So Delicious?

    For coffee connoisseurs, Kona coffee is one of the best-tasting coffees in the world. But what makes it so delicious is what also makes it expensive, such as the precise balance of climate, weather and soil. After all, Kona coffee is only grown in the rich soil of the Big Island -- and only 100 percent Kona coffees are able to be called "Kona."

    1. Kona Coffee Is 100% Pure

    Like certain spirits that only come from a specific region of the world, Kona coffee has many imitators but no equals. In fact, Kona coffees that are mixed with other coffees are actually called Kona blends, but it says nothing about how much Kona coffee is found inside. Some unscrupulous sellers may only have trace amounts of Kona coffee within. 

    While many might think that a Kona blend is an amalgamation of different Kona coffees, it actually means that only about 10 percent of the blend is Kona. As to what's in the remaining 90 percent, it's safe to say that it's likely whatever else they could get their hands on. That means the first requirement for a great-tasting cup of Kona coffee is a 100 percent Kona coffee -- no blends or imitations need apply.

    2. The Kona Coffee Belt Is the Perfect Place To Grow Coffee 

    With over 200 years of history in Hawaii, Kona coffee has found an ideal home in the volcanic hills of the Kona region. With a mix of sunshine and shade, as well as comfortable temperatures during the day and night, Kona coffee gets just the right climate to get the most out of the Kona coffee bean.

    High altitudes also give Kona coffee its distinctive yet mild taste, and regular rains make sure that the plants don't dry out or get too warm in the Hawaii sun. The porous, volcanic soil is also ideal for quickly wicking away excess water. Taken all together, it's this ideal mix that helps Kona coffee dial up the rich flavor.

    3. Dark Roast Kona Coffees Are Full of Bold Flavors

    Unlike light and medium roasts that provide a subtle and complex flavor, dark roast Kona coffees, like other dark roast coffees, are full-bodied and bold with a straight flavor profile and low acidity that is great for mixing with milks and creams and suits the preferences of most coffee drinkers. 

    If, on the other hand, you prefer more subtle notes in the coffee you drink, you may enjoy a medium or light roast. 

    Comparing the Different Types of Kona Coffee

    As mentioned earlier, not all Kona coffees are the real deal.

    A Kona roast has the least to do with real Kona coffee, and likely contains no Kona coffee inside at all. There's really no such thing as a Kona roast from a manufacturing perspective, and unsavory sellers have started to cash in on the Kona name with so-called "Kona blends." Suffice it to say that this term is about as valuable as the paper it's written on.

    Similarly, Kona style is another faux brewing term that is being used today to sell lesser coffee beans and roasts. Unless it mentions the amount of Kona coffee included (commonly 10 or 100 percent), there's likely no Kona coffee within.

    Kona blends tend to only have 10 percent Kona coffee, a legal requirement that mandates that any Kona blend maintain at least a 10 percent mixture of real Kona coffee. While Kona blends may contain more than 10 percent Kona coffee, they rarely, if ever, do so.

    By comparison, 100 percent Kona coffee contains only Kona coffee beans with no exceptions or substitutions. 

    The Stages of Coffee Roasting

    Straight from the coffee plant, coffee beans are more green than the tans and browns you're likely used to. That's because the roasting process is used to add complex flavors to the coffee beans -- flavors that will be released again during the brewing process. In fact, you can try your hand at roasting coffee at home if you purchase raw coffee beans.

    For most, they choose to leave it up to the professionals, which roast coffee beans in either a drum or hot-air roaster. The first stage of roasting brings the coffee bean to a light pale or white. No changes have yet taken place chemically, but under heat the color starts to shift.

    In the second stage of roasting, the coffee beans shift into an orange or tan color in addition to undergoing caramelization. From a more grassy smell to a sweeter, more savory smell, roasting continues until it hits the third stage, which is accompanied by an audible crack that denotes a "light roast."

    In the fourth stage of roasting up until the second crack, tastes are shifting wildly as the roasting process imparts more flavor and richness. Removing the coffee beans from the roasting process after the first crack but before the second gives you a medium roast, while removing the beans after the second crack denotes dark roast coffee.