Though the Big Island grows Hawaii’s most renowned Kona coffee, Kauai is actually the home to the largest coffee farm in all of Hawaii and the US. Kauai produces approximately 60% of Hawaii’s total coffee crop. Kauai Coffee Company on the southern side of Kauai grows more than 4 million coffee trees over 3,100 acres.
From my visit at Kauai Coffee Company, I had to ask what the difference between Kona coffee and Kauai coffee. I was told that Kauai coffee tends to have more fruit notes and slightly less acidity. The company representative then gave me a wine comparison that further explained the difference – Kona coffee is like a Cabernet while Kauai coffee is more like a Merlot or Pinot Noir.
At Kauai Coffee Company, you can take a self-guided tour , see harvesting and roasting equipment and, best of all, enjoy tasting the varieties that Kauai Coffee Company produces and roasts. Visiting and tasting is completely free. Though, if you are like us, after tasting some of the samples you’ll want to purchase Kauai-grown coffee to take back home.
Located in Kalaheo, Kauai Coffee Company is open every day from 9am to 5pm. (From June 1 – August 31 opening hours are extended to 5:30pm.) For directions, see this map.
I recommend a short stop into Kauai Coffee Company and have listed it as one of the best free activities on Kauai.
Have you tried Kauai coffee or visited Kauai Coffee Company?