“The call for Kona coffee, which is said to be inferior to none in the world, is much greater than for any other kind, and it is a thousand pities, that beautiful district does not send more to market.”
The Sydney Morning Herald, 1854
The Best Coffee in the World
For over a century Hawaii Kona coffee has been known as the best coffee in the world. Only coffee beans from the Kona region of the Big Island of Hawaii may be legally labeled “Kona coffee”. In 1828 Samuel Reverend Ruggles brought Brazilian cuttings of Coffea arabica to Hawaii; Hawaii’s first coffee plant. Coffea arabica is believed to be the first species of coffee to be cultivated well over 1,000 years ago.