Hawaii Coffee Growing Regions

Big Island


(commonly known as the Big Island)


Farms: 15-20
Growing Area: ~45 acres
Elevation: 350-2,500 feet
Average farm size: 5-7 acres

This region is a cool, high-rainfall, red soil coffee area.

Tasting notes: citrus, sweet cocoa, nutty. Good body and mouthfeel.

Gorgeous view overlooking a Kona coffee farm


Farms: 900-1,000
Growing Area: 3,800-4,000 acres
Elevation: 500-3,000 feet
Average farm size: 2-5 acres

Kona is Hawai‘i’s most recognized coffee region, commanding some of the highest prices in the world. The ‘Kona Typica’ variety is most commonly grown here.

Tasting notes: floral, citrus, berry, and nutty notes in the cup with a smooth finish.

Awards: 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 Hawaii Coffee Association (Grand Champion, various divisions)

IMG_7706 Ka_u Coffee pic


Farms: 80-90
Growing Area: 830 acres
Elevation: 1,100-2,700 feet
Average farm size: 5-10 acres

An unspoiled land, sunny climate and misty afternoons give Ka‘ū coffee its characteristic deep flavors.

Tasting notes: chocolate, cherry, floral, citrus.

Awards: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2017 Hawaii Coffee Association (Grand Champion, various divisions); 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 Roaster’s Guild Coffee of the Year



Farms: 20+ farms
Growing Area: 125 acres
Elevation: 300-2,600 feet
Average Farm Size: 2-3 acres

This region includes Puna, the wettest locale of Hawai‘i Island with an average rainfall of 150” to 220” annually. Most coffee farms in this region are composed of 2-3 acres.

Tasting notes: honey, mineral, wine, full-bodied, peach/stone fruit, nutty overtones.

Awards: 2013 Hawaii Coffee Association (Grand Champion, Creative Division)

Coffee bourbon cherries


Growing Area: 600 acres

Lahaina: 500 acres in large commercial production

Upcountry: 100 acres in smaller, independently owned farms.

Maui has a large-scale commercial farm on the Lahaina side and several smaller estates in the “Upcountry” region on the slopes of Haleakalā.

Tasting notes: Earthy, sweet, with notes of chocolate and vanilla.

Awards: 2017 Hawaii Coffee Association (Grand Champion, Creative Division)


Growing Area: ~150 acres

This small island of approximately 7,500 residents has one 150-acre plantation and a mill in the village of Kualapu‘u. It’s the sole source of Moloka‘i coffee.

Tasting notes: nutty, sweet, caramel, slightly herbal, full-bodied, earthy, chocolate aftertaste.


Growing Area: ~160 acres

The majority of the acres belong to a single farm on the island’s north shore. The smaller portion of acreage belongs to an agricultural research company that harvests a fraction of its fields for commercial use.

Tasting notes: milk chocolate, sweet, fruit, floral.

Kauai Coffee Company Coffee Field basking in the sun


Growing Area: ~3,000 acres

Most of the commercial coffee grown on Kaua‘i is washed processed Arabica varieties. There are three commercial farms, with the largest coffee farm producing more than one third of all the coffee grown in the USA.

Yield: 2.4 million pounds of green coffee

Tasting notes: chocolate, earthy, spicy, mango, mellow, delicate.

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