After having a walk in downtown Kona, we delayed lunch and visited Greenwell Farms first. Kona coffee is one of the most famous coffee in the world, and by touring the farm I now know why it is so famous and popular.
After we arrived, we first tried a few different kinds of coffee at the gift shop. I had Private Reserve, which is one of the few coffee roasted by themselves. It smelled good and tasted smooth. Then, we joined the tour which took place every half an hour.
This is one of the oldest farms in Kona. It was founded by Henry Nicholas Greenwell in 1850 and have been managed by Greenwell’s descendants since then. I learned that this location south of Kona is the best place for planting coffee because of the weather. It is mostly sunny in the daytime, and clouds come in the afternoon which a bit of shower. The soil is also very fertile because of the volcanoes. This combination makes Kona coffee one of the greatest in the world.
We also learned the cycles of coffee planting and processing. We saw a lot of coffee trees with red coffee cherries on them. Once hand-picked, the workers will put these cherries into a machine to retrieve the raw coffee beans inside the cherries. After drying, the beans are sold to the retailers who will then roast them.
I loved this farm tour because I learned so much. Before I left, I bought a bag of Private Reserve and a jar of organic Hawaiian honey. They were a bit expensive, but with the quality, they are worth a buy.