Kona rain­for­est cof­fee

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How do you get to be one of the best cof­fee farms in one of the best cof­fee-grow­ing ar­eas on the planet? Af­ter all, there are more than 600 cof­fee farms in the Kona cof­fee-grow­ing re­gion or “cof­fee belt,” which ranges from about 800 to 3,000 feet in el­e­va­tion. Kona Rain­For­est Farms (KRF) was planted back in 1999, so it is a rel­a­tive new­comer to this area that saw its first cof­fee trees about 175 years ago. For­tu­nately, it pro­duced a su­pe­rior cof­fee bean right from the first har­vest, thanks to the per­fect com­bi­na­tion of or­ganic farm­ing prac­tices, vol­canic soil, sun­shine, rain­fall, tem­per­a­ture and lo­ca­tion at the 2000-foot el­e­va­tion on the flanks of Mauna Loa—all of which meant ideal grow­ing con­di­tions for great cof­fee.


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