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Updated for 2016

As a blogger of all things kona coffee, the question people ask me the most is this: “what’s the best kona coffee?”. It’s a simple and fair question, and yet I have trouble answering it.
Why? For one, it depends on the time of day. I prefer brighter, more tart coffees in the morning and then I will go for smoother, darker and more chocolaty tasting coffees in the afternoon. It also depends on what your taste preferences are: do you like smooth, nutty coffees or floral, earthy type coffees? There’s great representatives of both in the spectrum of kona coffee.
Also, there’s so much choice. I’ve sampled a few dozen kona coffees, but since there’s over 600 kona coffee farms (not to mention Ka’u, Oahu, Maui and Kauai farms!). I’m still going through all the coffees. But in order for a coffee to even be considered as one of my top picks, it has to meet the following criteria:

  • It has to be 100% Kona Coffee. ‘Kona Blends’ are 10% kona and 90% crappy ‘filler’ coffee.
  • The coffee must be made up of the higher kona grades (i.e Extra-Fancy Beans, Fancy, Peaberry)
  • It’s gotta be smooth – I love smooth coffees. A little bite of acidity is okay, but on the whole I like coffee that goes down smooth.


1. Koa Coffee’s Estate Medium Roast

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I’ve already written a review of Koa’s peaberry roast, but the Koa Estate Medium Roast is my go-to coffee mainly because it has a similar bright acidity while managing to have the subtle cocoa notes that I like so much. Many people prefer the Koa dark roast because it lessens the acidity. I respect that, but I like coffee that ends with a clean finish. Plus, it’s not like we’re talking about Starbucks breakfast blend, or any other super-acidic coffee that will leave your stomach in pain. An acidic kona coffee is probably less acidic than any single African coffee (this region is known for its bright and citrusy coffees).
Koa’s Estate Medium Roast is also a good deal cheaper than the peaberry kona roast: $40/pound for the medium roast, compared to $50/pound for the peaberry. I also joined their monthly coffee club, so it actually works out to $36 per pound. I drink a fair amount of kona coffee, and this price is one of the most budget friendly kona coffees around.

Why this Coffee?

For one, this Estate coffee mixes the top three grades of kona coffee: extra-fancy, fancy and kona number 1 (with an inclincation towards extra-fancy) in this coffee. These coffee beans are the largest, most pure coffee beans (click here for more info about kona coffee grades). These coffee beans hold the most moisture and, hence, the most flavor.

How I Brew It:

How you brew coffee can be as important as the coffee itself. Regular drip coffee makers filter out the natural flavor-creating oils of the coffee. I use the French Press to brew coffee mostly, since it preserves the natural oils in your coffee. It also enables you to detect all the subtle flavor notes of coffee that can sometimes be lost in the coffee brewing process.

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More Notable Hawaiian Coffees:

It would be a disservice to exclude all the other great kona and other hawaiian coffees available right now. These are my picks for coffees that have served me well in the past. Again, coffee flavor is a matter of personal choice, but hopefully you will find the right coffee for you.


2. Starbucks Reserve Kona Coffee

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Starbucks Reserve coffees are limited edition specially roasted coffees that bring out the unique flavors of a particular coffee’s region. In other words, the “reserve coffees” aren’t over-roasted like the other Starbucks coffees.

Currently Starbucks is offering a Kona coffee from Parry Estates. It’s one of the largest and highest elevation coffee farms, covering over 900 acres. Starbucks tends to only offer coffee from the Parry Estates once every couple of years due to the relative short supply of coffee available from Kona (at least by Starbucks’ standards).

This coffee is as smooth as any kona coffee, and yet it’s the combination of flavors that make it so tasty: floral and caramel aromas to go with citrusy and nutty flavors. One sip of this coffee and you’ll be transported back to the Hawaiian Islands in no time.

Keep in mind this coffee is in very limited supply and will only be available for a limited amount of time.

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Best Ka’u Coffee: Rusty’s Hawaiian 100% Ka’u Peaberry Coffee

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Ka’u coffee has been making waves in the coffee world recently. The relatively new coffee region has won numerous coffee tasting competitions. This coffee by Rusty’s is my favorite because it has a mixture of chocolate and caramelly notes to start. These flavors then give way to a citrusy and floral aftertaste that is truly relaxing. Drinking a cup of this truly is an experience.

 
 



Best Maui Coffee: Pōhaku O Kā’anapali

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Most people are surprised to hear than Maui has a robust community of coffee farms. Centered mainly in Ka’anapali, these coffees are grown at a lower altitude than most Hawaiian coffees but the resulting spicy and fruity flavors are quite tasty. The Pohaku o Ka’anpali (I don’t want to type that again) coffee is a rich, sweet coffee with caramelly notes. For me it’s a definite afternoon coffee as it’s silky smooth texture makes for a great coffee companion while working on the computer.

 
 

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There you have it. This list is not meant to be ‘exhaustive’ by any means, and it reflects my own personal preferences for coffee as anything. If you know what kind of coffee you like, what kind of flavors, then by all means try a few of these coffees, or even a few different roasts of one coffee company just to see what you like. We’re all on a coffee journey.

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Keurig vs Tassimo With the rise in popularity of single serve coffee makers, there’s been two brands that have stood out as the most popular: Keurig and Tassimo. Here we’re going to pit one machine against each other to see which machine is, overall, a better value. Taking into account the simplicity of using the ...

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With the rise in popularity of single serve coffee makers, there’s been two brands that have stood out as the most popular: Keurig and Tassimo. Here we’re going to pit one machine against each other to see which machine is, overall, a better value. Taking into account the simplicity of using the machine, the quality of coffee, and wide selection of coffees available, we will see which coffee machine wins this battle of single serve coffee machines.
For this side by side comparison, we’re going to compare the two most popular models for each company: the Keurig B-60 K-Cup Brewer (priced at $129.99) and the Tassimo T45 Single Serve Coffee Maker (priced at $149).

Introduction to Keurig Brewers:

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Keurig is wholly owned by the Green Mountain Coffee Roasters company. The Keurig brewers were created all the way back in 1990 as a way to create single serve coffee for office environments. Over the years the Green Mountain Coffee Roasters company invested more and more in the Keurig brand until they bought it outright in 2003. Although Keurig’s initial focus was on drip coffee, it has expanded their patented K-Cup line of beverages to include hot chocolate, cider, and even lemonade! Keurig has continued its dominance of the ‘office coffee’ market (if you work in an office there’s a good chance your current coffee machine is a Keurig brewer. Keurig has grown to a $1.7 billion/year business.

Major coffee companies that produce K-cup versions of their coffee:

Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, Green Mountain Coffee, Tully’s Coffee, San Francisco Bay Coffee, Gevalia,

Introduction to Tassimo Coffee Makers

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The first Tassimo machines hit the shelves in France in 2004 and have rapidly expanded worldwide. The company is owned by Kraft Foods, and the machines themselves are built by Bosch. Whereas Keurig has focused on single-serve drip coffee, Tassimo machines have instead focused on espresso beverages like lattes, cappucinos, and other beverages that include milk. They accomplish this by having barcodes on the T-discs (which are Tassimo’s answer to K-cups) that instruct how much water, brewing time and temperature to use for each cup. A popular misconception is that Tassimo T-discs use powdered milk in their T-discs. Instead they use UHT (ultra high temperature) milk, which is a kind of ultra-pasteurization technique.

Major coffee companies that produce T-Disc versions of their coffee:

Tim Hortons, Maxwell House, Cadbury, Gevalia, and Nabob

Comparison #1: Quality of Coffee

For many of you this is the only factor that matters: does the coffee taste good? That wholly depends on what kind of coffee you intend on making. If you only drink drip coffee, or tea, then a Keurig Brewer will have a wider selection of coffees to try (although they tend to be slightly more expensive than T-discs). If you would like to have a latte or any other espresso based beverage in the morning at the push of a button, then a Tassimo coffee maker is the ideal choice.

Keurig:

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For the Keurig brewer I tried Starbucks’ Caffe Verona K-cups. Of the Starbucks’ coffees, Verona is by far my favorite. It’s smooth and has subtle cocoa notes (I have a weakness for chocolate). The K-cup version of the coffee managed to be quite tasty. I would say that it’s not as flavorful as purchasing it fresh from a Starbucks cafe (when they have it), but it tasted better than when I brew it in my regular drip brewer.
By the way, if you try out Verona, pair it with a chocolate snack of some kind. You won’t regret it!

Tassimo:

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For Tassimo I tried out Tim Horton’s Medium Roast coffee ($16.49 at Amazon.com). I wanted to compare drip coffees head to head. (Starbucks stopped making T-discs in favor of pods for their new Verismo coffee makers) Tim Hortons is a different kind of coffee compared to Starbucks: it’s roasted much lighter and has less caffeine. I was actually pleasantly surprised by the flavor of the T-disc produced coffee. It only produces 8oz. per cup, so I used two to fill my large mug. But it was very smooth, and overall I thought it was a little better than getting it straight from a Tim Hortons’ restaurant. However, you do have to add your own cream and sweetener.

gevalia caramel latte macchiato - tassimo t-discs

For the milk-based beverages I also tried out Gevalia’s Caramel Latte Macchiato ($12.50 at Amazon.com). I have a sweet tooth so Caramel Macchiato’s tend to be my espresso beverage of choice. I wasn’t sure how the coffee maker would handle a complex beverage like the Macchiato, but it handled it quite well. You start by inserting the milk creamer T-disc, and then when the orange ‘stand-by’ light turns on, you replace the milk creamer T-disc with the flavored espresso T-disc (which holds the caramel flavor). The whole thing took less than 45 seconds by my watch, and the drink was delicious: it wasn’t too sweet (my main concern), and the milk was surprisingly high quality. Not as good as freshly-frothed milk from a cafe, but considerably better than some Nespresso milk-beverages that had a distinct powdery taste to them. I do miss the caramel syrup pattern on the top, however I could just add that myself!

Comparison #2: Convenience and Clean-Up

Tassimo:

The Tassimo T-45 comes with a 61oz tank, which means you need to refill it every 5 cups or so. It does come with its own water filtration system so can use tap water to fill up the machine (which is convenient). The drink tray is completely removable, so if you want to brew directly into a travel mug it’s no problem at all (it also makes for easier cleaning). If you want to brew a french press, you can use the hot water function on the Tassimo brewer as a kettle replacement.
The best feature of Tassimo coffee makers is the barcode-specific instructions to create custom beverages. But it’s also the downside in that there’s no flexibility. If you wanted to have a larger latte, for example, then you’re only options are to use two T-discs and make a beverage twice as big.

Keurig:

Keurig has a slightly larger 62oz tank, however its position at the side of the coffee maker means that it takes up more counter space overall. It also has a removable drip tray for brewing directly into a travel mug. But Keurig’s main strength overall is its flexibiliy: you can choose you coffee size to be 4,6,8,10 or 12oz., which is great if you’re making beverages for a large group with varied interests. It also a wider selection of K-cup coffee options available. It’s disadvantage is that it can’t brew any milk-based beverages (unless you spring for the Keurig Vue Coffee Makers). You can also get a reusable K-cup filter that enables you to brew any kind of coffee you like in your Keurig brewer, which is something that Tassimo can’t do.

Conclusion:

Because I like the flexibility in being able to have either a drip coffee or a caramel macchiato (when I want to treat myself), I ultimately went for the Tassimo T45. There isn’t much flexibility in the types of beverages it makes, but in the end I will trade that away for convenience any time. The less decisions I need to make while making coffee in the morning, the better!

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Starbucks Kona Coffee Review: Updated February 2015

What a wonderful surprise this is from Starbucks. When the first batch of Kona Private Reserve sold out so quickly, I wondered if we would ever see it again. Kona is a tiny coffee growing region when compared to others.
starbucks kona parry estate coffee review
Starbucks has released the new 100% Parry Estate Coffee this month. The review featured below is for last year’s Kona Private Reserve, but the flavor profile is very similar: caramel and floral aroma with a citrusy aftertaste. Most high quality kona coffees have a very similar flavor profile.
The new private reserve is from Parry Estates, which at 2,000 feet elevation, is one of the highest coffee farms in the kona coffee belt (kona has a unique ecosystem that allows coffee to grown thousands of feet lower than other coffee regions).
While these private reserve coffees are expensive, I did find a website full of coupons for Starbucks’ online website:
Starbucks Coupons – Free Shipping Coupon Codes and More!

We will update the review soon once we receive our order for the coffee. However, be warned: the last private reserve kona sold out after three weeks. It might be all sold out by then!


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Our Original Review of Starbucks Private Reserve Kona Coffee:


Starbucks Kona Coffee: The Lowdown

Starbucks has created a private reserve collection of limited edition coffees that are meant to give coffee tasters an opportunity to sample some of the more boutique coffee regions where the coffee is either in too limited in supply–or too expensive–for Starbucks to put into all of its thousands of stores. Starbucks is now finally able to brew gourmet Kona Coffee.

The addition of the Clover machine to Starbucks’ armory means that it now has the opportunity to roast coffees that have more subtle flavors and aromas that would usually have trouble being expressed with their current brewing methods. An earthy Sumatran or a citrusy Kenyan will always taste like what they are, but with Kona coffee’s smooth and nutty notes, it needs a more refined brewing method.

Tastes like…a Spa?

Enter Starbucks Reserve 100% Kona Coffee. Ever since I became a fan of Kona Coffee way back in 2008 (a lifetime ago!) I’ve been waiting for Starbucks to give Kona Coffee it’s due treatment. I ordered it from a Starbucks cafe here in downtown Vancouver, and boy, oh boy: I’ve never been so uplifted and soothed by a cup of coffee like this.

When you sip this coffee, the first thing you notice is the sweet, caramelly taste. Kona Coffee is always smooth, which essentially clears the way for you to really experience the caramel. Then it gives way to a nutty aftertaste with citrusy notes. I noticed that my shoulders dropped and instantly felt more relaxed. It’s not quite a day at a rejuvenating spa, but the zen experience while sipping this cup was quite welcome.

State-of-the-Art Coffee Beans

Usually I’m not a fan of Starbucks’ darker roasts: French Roast is too smokey and charred for my taste, Yukon is like a punch in the face (some people like that in their coffee). I’ve heard people suggest that darker roasts are used to cover up imperfections in the coffee beans, so that all roasts, no matter the season, will taste the same. But with the Kona Coffee, Starbucks has really shown people how good a dark roast can be.

They use Kona’s Extra-Fancy beans, which as I’ve stated before, are the top of the line coffee beans in an already gourmet coffee region. Extra fancy beans are the largest, have the highest moisture content and the least amount of imperfections. The Extra-Fancy roasts for Kona Coffeee tend to go for about $35 for a half-pound usually. Starbucks is selling theirs for $28, which is the most expensive coffee beans Starbucks has ever sold. However, it’s actually the cheapest Extra-fancy coffee beans you’ll find.

The Takeaway

Bravo to Starbucks for making a truly gourmet coffee out of the best coffee beans that the Kona region has to offer. I instantly bought two packages, after sampling it. I advise that you do the same, since it’s been selling out all over the place.



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Best Burr Coffee Grinders When it comes to improving the quality of your morning cup of coffee, it’s hard to overstate how important your grinder is to your finished cup of coffee. To understand that, we have to think about the overall goal when we are making coffee: to extract as much flavor from the ...

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Best Burr Coffee Grinders

When it comes to improving the quality of your morning cup of coffee, it’s hard to overstate how important your grinder is to your finished cup of coffee. To understand that, we have to think about the overall goal when we are making coffee: to extract as much flavor from the coffee as you can.

Coffee and wine are very similar, in that geography and processing methods affect flavor. But unlike wine, coffee depends on the consumer at home to brew the coffee. And that is where most of the coffee’s flavor is usually lost.
How recently your coffee was roasted won’t make much of a difference if you aren’t grinding correctly. And the simplest and most significant change you can make is to start using a burr coffee grinder.

If you want to learn more about how coffee grinds work, check out our ultimate guide on how to grind coffee.

How Burr Grinders Work:

Whereas blade grinders use blades that violently tear apart the coffee beans, burr grinders use two plates, or ‘burrs’, that close in on the beans and ‘pulverize’ them. The coffee grinds from burr grinders are superior for two reasons:

  1. Uniform Grinds – the coffee particles from blade grinders are a mixture of too large (flavor-containing particles aren’t released), medium-sized and too small (flavor particles are eviscerated by the grinder).
  2. Flavor-Containing Oils Survive – the natural oils that are contained within coffee beans are mostly destroyed by blade grinders. Here the oils are released and stay with the coffee grinds.


1. Baratza Encore Conical Burr Grinder

baratza encore burr coffee grinder

The Baratza Encore wins out for its combination of versatility and budget-friendliness. David LaTourell of Intelligentsia recommends the Baratza Virtuoso coffee grinder for home use, but the Encore offers a comparable quality of grinds while costing about $100 less. The Encore has a high torque motor that, in combination with electronic speed reduction, grinds the coffee slowly to reduce any heat build-up and noise. It has over 40 settings, ranging from 250-1200 microns. It’s also very easy to use over time. You can easily remove the burrs for cleaning, and the anti-static technology keeps coffee grind build-up at bay. This is a great solution for the home or even a small coffee shop.

What Grind Setting Should I Use?

Most burr coffee grinders will let you choose the grind settings for your coffee. However, some of the automatic grinders want you to set their grind settings by ‘microns’. The size of coffee particles is measured in microns. So for French Press, for example, you will want larger coffee grinds (900 microns), and for espresso you’ll want a lower setting (about 300 microns).

You can use this chart as a reference:

coffee grinds microns burr grinders
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  • Turkish – 100 Microns
  • Espresso – 300 Microns
  • Paper Filter (i.e. cone-shaped coffee-makers) – 500 Microns
  • Metal Filter (i.e. flat-bottom coffee makers) – 700 Microns
  • Percolator – 800 Microns
  • French Press/Botum – 900 Microns


2. Capresso 560 Conical Burr Grinder

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This is Capresso’s commercial grade grinder. It has the sturdiest build quality of all the grinders on this list. The most impressive feature is how there’s no vibration when it’s grinding coffee. Most grinders will make your kitchen counter vibrate at least a little. The grind settings are also very wide, with its extra-fine setting even getting down to 150 microns. You can set a timer to grind anywhere from 5-60 seconds (depending on the volume of coffee). The only problem is that there is no on/off switch like in the Encore. Instead the grinder works on a timer.


3. Espressione Professional Concial Burr Coffee Grinder

espressione professional conical burr coffee grinder

This grinder, along with the Baratza Encore, are both quiet as a mouse when they are working. The Espressione also has a handy auto shut off feature, so it turns itself off when it’s done grinding the coffee. The only drawback is that you’ll have to keep yourself from forgetting that there is coffee in there (which I did) after it’s done working. It’s also really small and compact, so it doesn’t take up much space on your counter. The major drawback is the cleaning needed. There’s a large learning curve when it comes to cleaning the burrs.


4. Bodum Bistro Burr Coffee Grinder

Bodum Bistro Burr Coffee Grinder

Bodum has made a burr coffee grinder that is both incredibly easy to use, but be warned: this is for home use only. Bodum advises you to wait 5 minutes in between grinding sessions to keep the motor from overheating. This is definitely not for commercial use (unlike the grinders ranked higher than this one). The grinder does have some definite strengths that make it a great choice for a home grinder. Bodum made the tray out out borosilicate glass instead of plastic, which keeps the coffee particles from flying around and clinging to the tray. This makes clean-up and maintenance a breeze. The build quality is top-notch. In short, it’s a great home-use coffee grinder. If Bodum had used a more efficient motor, it might be a great choice for cafes as well.


5. Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Burr Coffee Grinder

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This grinder works by turning a dial on the bottom of the hopper. It goes from fine to extra-coarse (sorry, Turkish coffee lovers!). This grinder doesn’t have any stand out features, it just does everything well. It’s compact, sleek looking, works quietly, and is easy to use. The downside is that the grinds tray is made of plastic, which as we know is bad for cling. You can also set the amount of grinds and the Cuisinart will shut off after the amount specified is ground. I never used this feature, since I would only use the desired amount of coffee beans into the hopper in the first place. Dumping a set amount of beans into the hopper for days at a time is a recipe for stale coffee.


6. Mr. Coffee Automatic Burr Mill Coffee Grinder

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Mr.Coffee’s Burr Mill grinder is a very convenient, easy to use grinder. Where Mr.Coffee loses points is static. The finished coffee grinds seem to defy gravity as I pulled the tray out, and as a result it was a little more difficult to clean. The quality of the coffee grinds was above average, however the burr grinder seemed incapable of producing true espresso coffee grinds. I set it to maximum fine grind and the result resembled cone filter drip coffee rather than espresso roast. If you’re only going to use the grinds for a drip coffee maker or french press, then the grinder will work just fine. It’s also very budget friendly. Since it comes in under $50, it’s understandable that it can’t live up to a Baratza grinder.

 
 


7. Krups GVX Burr Coffee Grinder

krups burr coffee grinder

This is a nice looking coffee grinder. It’s one of those machines that you’ll want to leave on the kitchen counter just to show it off. Over time, though, the clear grinds tray won’t look nice and clean. Making the tray tinted in future models would go a long way towards aesthetics.
But forget about how it looks, how does it grind? The big drawback to this grinder is the static. Which means that the burrs will need to be cleaned quite frequently. The coffee grinds themselves were quality. The espresso was just as fine as it should be. The coffee grinds for french press seemed a bit smaller than they should be, but after brewing up a pot it didn’t make a difference in taste at all. Overall a pretty looking machine that will grind your coffee (albeit loudly for a burr grinder).

That’s it! Any burr grinders I forgot to mention? Let me know your thoughts and suggestions for burr grinders to try out.

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The Best Kona Coffee K-Cups, Pods and More The prevalence of single-serve coffee makers has been rapidly growing for the past couple of years. It’s easy to see why: you pop in one k-cups, or pod, and out comes your favorite coffee. But what about kona coffee lovers? It can be confusing with all those ...

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The Best Kona Coffee K-Cups, Pods and More

The prevalence of single-serve coffee makers has been rapidly growing for the past couple of years. It’s easy to see why: you pop in one k-cups, or pod, and out comes your favorite coffee. But what about kona coffee lovers? It can be confusing with all those coffee pods, k-cups and capsules. This guide is designed to help everyone enjoy the smooth taste of kona coffee from their single serve coffee maker of choice.
Also, if you haven’t bought a single-serve coffeemaker yet but want to know which one will give you the best kona coffee, stay tuned as we will recommend a single-serve machine for each category.

100% Kona Coffee vs. Kona Blend

This is a reminder that there is a big difference between coffee that declares itself to be ‘100% Kona’ and ‘Kona Blend’. Kona blend coffee is usually only 10% kona coffee beans and the rest is coffee from other regions. The 10% means that for every cup of coffee, there’s only a few beans of actual kona in the coffee. We will highlight both 100% and Kona Blend coffees in this guide so make sure you know which one you want when you order it.

100% Kona K-Cups:


1. Pooki’s Mahi 100% Kona K-Cups

pooki's mahi 100 kona k-cup coffee

Pooki’s Mahi is a company based out of Oahu (that’s the island with Honolulu on it). The coffee beans themselves are all 100% kona coffee and come from various farms in the kona coffee belt. The taste profile of these k-cups is: robust with hints of wine, and a spicy finish. What does that mean? Expect any treats with berries or ginger to pair extremely well with this coffee.
Each case contains 24 k-cups with a price per cup of $1.67. For 100% kona coffee that is actually a really good deal.


2. Hawaii Roasters 100% Kona K-Cups:

hawaii roasters 100 kona coffee

Hawaii Roasters is another company that just released their 100% kona keurig-compatible coffee. The combination of sun-dried and medium roast means that the coffee is brighter than your average cup of kona. Of course kona coffee has always been incredibly smooth, and Hawaii Roasters’ brew is no exception.

These cases only have 10 k-cups per case, meaning that the average price per k-cup is $2.10. That means that Pooki’s Mahi coffee is actually cheaper overall, even though the cost of the container is more.


3. Green Mountain Limited Edition 100% Kona Coffee

green mountain 100 kona

I had the chance to try out Green Mountain’s 100% Kona coffee back when it first became available last year, and it was amazing. It’s expensive ($49.99 total and $3.12 per k-cup), but if taste is your number one priority then it is totally worth it.

The only reason we have it #3 on this list is that it is extremely limited and Green Mountain only offers it at certain times each year. But if you want the best quality kona coffee that your Keurig can make, go for the Green Mountain.

Kona Blend K-Cups:


3. Keurig Tully’s Kona Blend Coffee

kona coffee k-cups and pods
Tully’s Kona Blend coffee manages to capture the distinguishing flavors of kona coffee. When you first coffee in your Keurig machine, you’ll notice a distinct floral aroma. The coffee itself is smooth and nutty at first, which gives way to a citrusy aftertaste. For a kona blend it sure tastes just like how 100% kona usually tastes.
This K-Cup Package has 18 k-cups, but if you want to save money they also offer larger versions of Tully’s kona coffee, up to 108 count. Click through to find out more:


2. Caza Trail Kona Blend – 50 count

caza trail kona keurig k-cups
Most kona coffees lay on a continuum: sweet on one side and tart on the other. Some even manage to land a perfect balance of both worlds. The Caza Trail Kona Blend coffee leans more on the tart side. It’s has a light and delicate body, which means that the coffee doesn’t sit on your tongue for too long. The smell reminds you of Hawaiian flora in the morning, which is a wonderful aroma to wake up to!


3. Timothy’s World Coffee Variety Pack

timothy's gourmet coffee k-cups
This pack isn’t just kona coffee, it’s a collection of gourmet coffees and teas from all over the world. It’s a 22 count K-cup package that contains, in addition to Kona Blend: Italian Blend, Breakfast Blend, Hazelnut, Mexican Organic, Kahlua original, and many more. It makes a great gift if you aren’t sure what they like, or are new to the coffee game and want to try an eclectic mix of gourmet coffees from around the world.

How to Get 100% Kona Coffee for your Keurig Brewer:

coffee pod adapter for keurig k-cups
What if you want to brew 100% kona coffee with your Keurig Brewer? Unfortunately there currently isn’t any ready-made 100% kona k-cups available, but there are some very easy ways to get 100% kona coffee through your Keurig machine.

  1. Pod Adapter – There are adapters that enable to you to use coffee pods in place of K-cups, which opens you up to a whole new world of coffee types and flavors.
  2. Grind your own and use a reusable K-Cup Filter – With this option you can buy whole bean coffee and simply use a reusable K-cup filters. Keurig recommends that you grind coffee on ‘french press’ mode (or if you have a hand grinder: 8-10 seconds). If you don’t have a coffee grinder, then go to any cafe and have them grind your coffee for a french press (I know Starbucks offers this service for free!).

Kona Coffee Pods

Pods are just like K-Cups except that they work in a variety of single-serve coffee makers, including: Cuisinart, Krups and Senseo. For a full compatibility list, check out this compilation from CoffeeWiz


1. Aloha Island Coffee Organic 100% Pure Kona Coffee Pods

aloha island kona coffee pods
This coffee from Aloha Island might have been my favorite of the single-serving coffees, if only because of the low-acidity. If you have trouble with acidic coffees, this one is a great to enjoy kona coffee without troubling your stomach. This medium-roast coffee also comes in very convenient 8 gram packages, which means that its compatible with all major pod-taking coffee machines (some can only take a maximum of 10 grams).


2. Senseo Kona Blend Coffee Pods

senseo kona coffee pods
Those who follow this blog know that I’m a bit of a chocolate lover. When it comes to coffee pods the Senseo coffee pods had a sweet aroma and very distinct chocolaty notes. It reminded me of Starbucks’s Verona Blend (although not as darkly roasted).


3. Reunion Island Kona Coffee Pods

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Reunion island has made a kona coffee pod is almost as smooth as any kona coffee brewed in a french press. The delicate taste complements the floral aromas that are abundant in each cup. This one is a really tasty coffee.

Feel free to visit the single-serve kona coffee section of our Kona Coffee Shop, where there are dozens more k-cups and coffee pods and discs to choose from!

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