Kona Moon | Dark Roast Kona Coffee

116 reviews
Grind: Whole Bean
Size: 4 oz.

Origin: Kona coffee
Roast: Dark

Kona 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.

PROCESS OF REFINING KONA COFFEE

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 U.S. SHIPPING RATES

Order Cost & Carrier Delivery
$89 $8.95 via USPS/FedEx 6-8 days*
Over $89 Free FedEx (USPS if PO Box) 4-6 days*
Expedited  $19.95 via FedEx 2Day 2-4 days**

 * Delivery quote excludes weekends/holidays and is based on fulfillment+delivery times. Does not include delays that are caused by carrier or out of our control.

** Upgraded and expedited shipping may be purchased at the time of checkout. ‘Expedited’ prioritizes your shipment in the queue. Delivery quote excludes weekends/holidays and is based on fulfillment+delivery times.

ROAST DATES

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

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING RATES

*Rural locations may incur additional fees at checkout.
Hawaii to Canada* Varies based on Territory
Up to 1 lb: $17.29-$18.58
2-5 lbs: $17.35-$25.28
6-10 lbs: $21.84-$29.76
11-15 lbs: $29.14-$44.21
16-20 lbs: $35.76-$48.72
21-25 lbs: $42.95-$55.63
26-30 lbs: $55.07-$70.03
31-99 lbs: $59.63-$125.86
100+ lbs: Email for quote

De Minimis for Duty

De Minimis for VAT
$150 CAD $40 CAD

Hawaii to Germany, United Kingdom*
*Rural locations may incur additional costs at checkout

Up to 1 lb: $17.62
2-5 lbs: $17.64-$25.22
6-10 lbs: $25.67-$29.08
11-15 lbs: $41.44-$50.04
16-20 lbs: $53.98-$58.28
21-25 lbs: $61.46-$62.84
26-30 lbs: $83.21-$88.46
31-99 lbs: $90.07-$165.31
100+ lbs: Email for quote
De Minimis for Duty De Minimis for VAT
150 EUR 22 EUR
135 GBP 15 GBP

Hawaii to Japan, South Korea*
*Rural locations may incur additional costs at checkout

Up to 1 lb: $17.64
2-5 lbs: $20.93-$31.81
6-10 lbs: $34.32-$41.56
11-15 lbs: $43.99-$53.74
16-20 lbs: $53.84-$61.03
21-25 lbs: $63.48-$67.64
26-30 lbs: $75.35-$92.33
31-99 lbs: $94.17-$189.94
100+ lbs: Email for quote
De Minimis for Duty De Minimis for VAT
10,000 JPY 200,999 JPY
150,000 KRW** 150,000 KRW
** price of goods+shipping cost+insurance
Hawaii to Australia*
*Rural locations may incur additional costs at checkout
Up to 1 lb: $20.70
2-5 lbs: $22.16-$30.40
6-10 lbs: $29.33-$36.40
11-15 lbs: $55.54-$72.31
16-20 lbs: $76.98-$85.37
21-25 lbs: $91.27-$93.29
26-30 lbs: $122.59-$126.73
31-99 lbs: $126.77-$245.34
100+ lbs: Email for quote
De Minimis for Duty De Minimis for VAT
1000 AUD None

* Please note that customs and duties are displayed at checkout. All costs listed are estimates.

Shipping and Returns Policy:

We stand behind the quality of our products and strive to provide an exceptional experience for you. Our Shipping and Returns Policy outlines the guidelines and procedures for shipping orders, handling returns and to continue providing care and quality. Please read this policy carefully before placing an order with us.

Shipping:

1.1 Address Accuracy:
It is the customer’s responsibility to provide accurate and complete shipping information at the time of purchase. We strongly encourage customers to double-check the shipping address before finalizing an order. Big Island Coffee Roasters will not be held liable for any delays, losses, or additional costs incurred due to incorrect or incomplete address information provided by the customer.
1.2 Additional Shipping Fee:
If an order is returned to us due to an incorrect or incomplete shipping address provided by the customer, we reserve the right to charge the customer an additional shipping fee to reship the package to the correct address. The customer will be notified of the additional fee and must provide the correct shipping address and complete the payment before the package is reshipped.  Big Island Coffee Roasters may make reasonable attempts to contact the customer over a period of 30 days, but will not be held liable for delays. If the customer does not respond or arrange for the package to be resent within 30 days, the original order will be considered void.
1.3 Refund or Credit:
Alternatively, if the customer prefers not to pay the additional shipping fee, we will credit or refund the customer for the order amount, less the original shipping costs incurred by Big Island Coffee Roasters. The credit will be issued once the package is returned to us and processed according to our returns procedure.  Perishable items are not eligible for refund or credit if the customer does not respond or arrange for reshipment within the 30-day period. These items will be disposed of in accordance with appropriate guidelines to ensure customer safety. For items that can be restocked, a credit may be issued.
1.4 Damaged Products:
If a product arrives damaged, the customer must notify us within 5 days of receipt. To report a damaged product, the customer should provide clear and detailed photographs showing the extent of the damage, along with a description of the issue.
1.5 Wrong Item Shipped:
In the event that the customer receives the wrong item, they must notify us within 5 days of receipt. To report the wrong item, the customer should provide clear and detailed photographs of the received item, along with a description of the item they expected to receive.
1.6 Return Shipping Costs for Damaged Products or Wrong Item:
For damaged products or wrong items, we may provide a prepaid shipping label to cover the return shipping costs. The customer must return the product in its original packaging, including all accessories and documentation.
1.7 Refund, Replacement, or Exchange:
Upon receiving the returned damaged product or wrong item, we will inspect it to verify the reported issue. Depending on the circumstances, we may offer one of the following options: Refund, Replacement, Credit or Exchange.

Returns:
2.1 Eligibility:
We accept returns for eligible products within 7 days from the date of delivery. To be eligible for a return, the item must be unused, in its original packaging, and in the same condition as when it was received. Perishable items are not eligible for refund.
2.2 Return Shipping Costs:
If a return is requested due to the customer’s change of mind or error (excluding defective or damaged items), the customer is responsible for the return shipping costs.
2.3 Return Process:
When a return is received, we will inspect the item. After inspection, depending on the circumstances, we may offer one of the following options: Refund, Replacement, Credit or Exchange.


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.

RETURN ADDRESS

Big Island Coffee Roasters, 76 Kalanianaole St. Hilo, HI 96720

HAWAIIAN COFFEE CLUB SUBSCRIPTIONS

best Hawaiian coffee accessories

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.

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.