Koa Coffee Review

If you’ve been in the coffee scene for a while you may have heard whispers and rumours about Kona Coffee. Kona coffee is produced out of Hawaii, and interestingly is the only coffee produced by the USA.  This much sought after coffee has been given the accolade of being some of the finest coffee beans in the world! And if you haven’t already tried Kona Coffee we highly recommend giving it a go!

We are excited to introduce you to Koa coffee, a company that grows and roasts 100% Kona coffee. Koa coffee is a well reputed brand that has been around since 1997 and is committed to producing premium coffee beans and celebrating their unique flavours.

What is Koa Coffee all about?

Established in 1997, Koa coffee started out as a small family business, but has grown in leaps and bounds since then. Over the years Koa coffee has gained much respect in the coffee world for producing high quality, award winning coffee, including the accolade of being named by Forbes as the Best Coffee in America!

Where is Koa Coffee grown? 

Koa coffee is grown in Hawaii on the Kona coffee belt. This is an area in Hawaii situated on the slopes of 2 volcanoes; Hualalai and Mauna Loa, at an elevation ranging from 500-3000 feet. The Kona region is one of the best growing regions in the world, with near perfect growing conditions; in fertile, mineral-rich volcanic earth and with weather that is ideal for growing coffee. It is no wonder the coffee that comes from here is such high quality!

At Koa coffee, the coffee beans are all picked by hand only when the beans are cherry red (ripe) and then processed. They are then roasted with the utmost attention to produce a unique coffee that has a delicate, yet rich flavour and aroma. Koa coffee also cups every roast to ensure the taste is perfect.

Photo showing coffee cherries at different stages of ripeness

When buying Kona coffee you always need to check the label to ensure that you are buying 100% pure Kona coffee and not a blend. A lot of companies market their Kona blend as Kona coffee when it only contains a small amount (maybe 10%) of Kona coffee mixed with cheaper beans. Koa coffee uses only 100% pure Kona coffee. 

How does Koa Coffee Taste?

Kona coffee is characterised as being lower in acidity than many other beans with a little more body. It is a smooth and rich coffee that has a sweet, simple, mellow taste that has only a hint of fruity flavour.

The verdict: Who is Koa coffee for?

Koa coffee is for the coffee lover who is looking for a high quality coffee that is 100% Kona coffee with a sweet, mellow flavor profile. Most people drink Kona coffee black to best savor the unique flavor profile.

Pros:

  • High quality coffee beans
  • Unique sweet, mellow flavor
  • Named by Forbes as being America’s Best Tasting Coffee!

Cons:

  • Expensive

What are the different Coffees available with Koa Coffee?

Koa coffee has 3 different blends of Kona coffee available:

Grande Domaine Kona Coffee

  • This is a rich, smooth, balanced coffee with little bitterness. It is only available as a Vienna roast- so is a little darker than medium.
  • Available as whole bean or ground coffee
  • Selected as a Kona Coffee Cupping Contest winner
Grande Domain Kona Coffee

Private Reserve Kona Coffee

  • Secret blend of Kona Coffee
  • Available in a medium or dark roast
  • Available as whole bean or ground coffee
Private Reserve Kona Coffee

Estate Kona Coffee

  • This is a single origin coffee (from one Kona coffee farm) that is grown at high elevation
  • Available in a medium or dark roast
  • Available as whole bean or ground coffee
Estate Kona Coffee

Peaberry Coffee

Koa coffee also has a Peaberry coffee available. The peaberry is a rare coffee bean that has a unique shape, having only 1 single oval shaped bean instead of 2 flat beans. This is caused by a rare mutation in the coffee bean. About 3-5% of beans are Peaberries and the resulting coffee produced by them has a light, fruity flavor, similar in flavor profile to a light roast. Given the rarity of Peaberries this roast is often out of stock. However we highly recommend giving it a try if you can get your hands on it. It isn’t labelled the ‘Champagne of Kona’ for no reason!

  • Available in a medium or dark roast
  • Only available in whole bean
Peaberry Kona Coffee

Swiss Water Decaf Kona Coffee

Koa coffee also has a decaf blend available. Koa coffee uses the Swiss Water Process to decaffeinate their coffee. This method is completely chemical free.

  • Available in a medium roast
  • Available as whole bean or ground coffee
Decaf Kona Coffee

Our top picks to try

If you can get your hands on it we highly recommend trying the Koa Peaberry Coffee at least once! It has a very unique flavour with a lighter, sweeter cup of coffee!

If you are looking at trying out Koa coffee we recommend starting out with a sampler pack. The  Medium Roast Tri-Pack is a great starting point giving you a bag of each of their blends: Grande Domaine, Private Reserve and Estate to sample. While more expensive this is great value as you get 3 bags of coffee.

While Koa coffee is one of the more expensive types of coffee available on the market we highly recommend giving it a go and experiencing this sweet, mellow, smooth coffee.

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