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Where to Buy Kona Coffee Online

When I give samples of kona coffee to my friends, one of the first things they ask me is: “where can I get more of this stuff?” While you can purchase kona coffee pretty easily through mega-merchants like Amazon, there’s a couple simple tips to make sure you get the freshest coffee possible when you’re ordering it online. For one, ordering from the farms is the easiest way to make sure you get fresh coffee, although it’s not a guarantee. Koa farms (featured below) states that they will only roast your coffee after you order it.
If you want to order from Amazon.com (to take advantage of shipping perks), make sure the coffee you order says ‘farm direct’. Blue Horse, for example, takes orders through Amazon but ships the coffee directly to you (so your coffee isn’t sitting in a warehouse somewhere).

Make Sure you Buy 100% Kona Coffee

When shopping for kona coffee, make sure the package says 100% kona coffee. If a coffee says ‘kona blend’, it usually means it has less than 10% actual kona beans, with the other 90% made up of inferior-quality beans. Safeway recently settled a lawsuit involving ‘kona blend’, but there currently is no legal protections for coffee farmers at the moment. Until that happens, one thing we can do to ensure that our favorite coffee keeps thriving is to make sure we only buy coffee clearly labeled 100% Kona.

These resources are places with proven track records where you can make sure you will get high quality, freshly-roasted coffee (or unroasted green beans if that’s your preference).


1. Koa Coffee Company

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Koa coffee plantation is one of the largest farms in the Kona Coffee region and they have an excellent reputation for freshness. We’ve already declared their Kona Estate Medium Roast to be the ‘best kona coffee’. Their coffee is made up of the three highest grades of kona coffee: extra-fancy, fancy and peaberry. In response to the crop shortage this year, Koa has been purchasing high-grade coffee from smaller farms this year in order to meet demand. This means that Koa is a no-brained to be in stock even through this year of kona coffee scarcity.

The coffee you order is roasted the day of (if you order early in the day) and sent out early the next day. Which means that if you order your coffee on a Monday, it will likely be at your door Thursday afternoon.

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2. Coffees of Hawaii

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Whereas Koa Coffee focuses on using high grade kona coffee, Coffees of Hawaii is a great option because of their great variety of coffee regions. In addition to their kona coffee, they have coffee from Maui, Molokai, Kauai, Hilo and even Oahu!
My personal favorite is their Kona Nightingale coffee, which is a more evening friendly coffee. It has notes of black currant and pairs perfectly well with a chocolate-covered fruity dessert.

Save 10% + Free Shipping ($4.50 shipping in Canada) on ALL orders at CoffeesofHawaii.com. Use Promo Code: COFFEE10 (Offer Valid Until 02/28/2014)

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3. Blue Horse Kona Coffee

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Blue Horse thankfully makes their coffee available on Amazon.com, so you can take advantage of their numerous shipping options. The coffee you order is farm-direct however, so you can make sure that you’re still getting the freshest coffee possible. Blue Horse’s dark roast is a milk-chocolately flavored coffee that is almost as smooth as Koa coffee’s Estate roast.
Blue Horse also offers lots of options for their coffee: you can order it unroasted, in bulk, peaberry, etc. Pretty much any way you like it!

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$29.95

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There you have it! Be sure to check out our Kona Coffee Shop, where you can choose from hundreds of 100% Kona coffees. You can shop for a particular type of coffee (i.e. peaberry kona), by grade of coffee (i.e. Extra-Fancy, Fancy) and you can even search by Hawaiian Island.

Supply Shortage

Due to a shortage in teh supply of kona coffee this year, larger coffee farms have been purchasing coffee from smaller farms. This means that a lot of the smaller farms have already sold out of their coffee this year, whereas larger farms will be more likely to still be in stock.

More Sources of High Quality Kona Coffee:


Greenwell Farms

The Greenwell family history almost goes as far back as the history of kona coffee itself. Nowadays Greenwell Farms makes a few outstanding premium coffees. What they are most known for, however, is their coffee farm tours. If you’re ever in Kona I highly recommend going on a tour of their farm. You’ll learn everything you ever wanted to know about how to grow coffee. Plus you’ll get to taste some freshly roasted coffee yourself. Mmmm…I think I need to go back!

Click here to visit Greenwell Farms’ website.

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verismo 580 review

Verismo 580 Review


Starbucks Verismo 580 Review

If you’ve been in a Starbucks in the past couple of months you may have noticed the Verismo 580 brewers on display. The Verismo machines are Starbucks’ attempt to enter the world of single-cup brewers, which you may have noticed is a rapidly expanding market.
Starbucks actually used to sell Tassimo machines in their stores, but have replaced them with their ‘in-house’ Verismo machines (which are actually repurposed K-Fee machines from Switzerland). This way Starbucks is able to make sure that the espresso beverages they use end up tasting as close to their cafe-produced counterparts as possible.
Verismo 580 review
Most of your favorite Starbucks beverages are represented: the latte, vanilla latte, mocha, and caramel macchiato are available as pods + syrups.
The use of milk was actually a pleasant surprise. Starbucks says that they teamed up with a German company that’s able to separate the water out of the milk in a natural process. The result is that we don’t have to worry about that ‘powdered milk’ taste and instead you get a latte at home that’s almost indistinguishable from freshly frothed 2% milk at the cafe.

Using the Verismo:

When you first turn on the machine, you must run a rinse cycle first. It only took about 12 seconds, but it will warm the machine up and make for a hotter beverage.
Tip: – Put your coffee cup on the tray during the rinse cycle. It will pre-heat your coffee cup, which reduces heat loss and will make for a tastier beverage.

You insert the desired coffee pod in the top of the machine, and then press the silver handle down. Then you press one of three buttons: milk/espresso/coffee; This makes sure that the right temperature and pressure is used. I have large 16 oz. mugs, so for the milk pods I actually hold it down a few extra seconds to get more volume out of the latte.

After the coffee brews the pods are dispensed to a tray in the back, which can hold about 8-10 empty pods before it needs to be emptied.

You also need to do a rinse cycle after every use. Considering that the brewer makes milk-based beverages, I don’t see it as a problem and will happily keep rinsing the machine to prevent milk from damaging the machine.

Beverage Quality:

For this review I tried out the Pike Place Roast, House Blend and the Latte Pods.

  • Pike Place Roast
  • – Of the drip coffees, Pike Place and Verona are my two favorites. Pike Place is smooth with nutty notes. When I tried it in the Verismo, it was definitely smooth tasting coffee, but the nutty notes weren’t as easy to detect.

  • House Blend – I normally don’t like House Blend: it’s too acidic and it tends to give me a stomache afterwards. The pod version wasn’t nearly as acidic tasting, but it also didn’t stand out in any particular way. House is a ‘balanced’ coffee, meaning that nothing in particular stands out. The pod-version definitely lived up to its reputation.
  • Latte Pods – These packages are actually half espresso pods and half milk pods. The whole process took about 30 seconds, and was quite tasty. I normally don’t drink plain lattes, but the latte foam was quite tasty. There wasn’t a noticeable difference between the foam at Starbucks and the foam made here. I think it’s actually amazing that they’ve managed to make a milk-based beverage this tasty.

Overall:

If you want high quality lattes at home but don’t want to froth the milk yourself, this is definitely the Brewer to buy. The lattes taste better than Tassimo’s, and you can run the milk pods through longer to get a bigger latte out of your pod (without diminishing the taste). The espresso roast is also top notch. You could use this machine purely as an espresso maker if you have a milk frother of your own.
The cost per latte is $1.62, which isn’t bad considering you’re getting a $5 beverage at home each and every time.

For the drip coffees, however, the taste is not quite as good as the cafe. If you’re only going to be brewing drip coffee, then there’s no reason to get the Verismo when you could just as easily get a Keurig Brewer (Starbucks sells K-cups as well) for about $80 cheaper.

While you can only use Starbucks pods with the Verismo machine, with a little creativity (and flavored syrups) you can make almost any espresso beverage you can think of.

You can view the Verimso 580 at Starbucks.com, or you can order at:

 
 

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