History of the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival. In 1828, missionary Samuel Ruggles planted the first coffee tree in Kona, where it thrived thanks to the rich volcanic soil. Since then, Kona has earned a worldwide reputation for high-quality, full-bodied coffee. Once the people heard that the coffee trees were being a success in the Kona district they thought and decided to try planting on other parts of the island, and this time they planted it on large land, and then the coffee market crash in the years of 1899 and causing to the owners to sell their land for lease to their workers. Most of the workers that were working in that time in the coffee plantations were Japanese people they were brought here to work on the sugarcane plantation, instead, they ended up owning land that they had to work for the lease of 5 to 12 acres.
Kona Coffee Cultural Festival began its celebration in 1970, to maintain and promote Kona’s unique coffee heritage. There are nearly 50 events in over 10 days with something for everyone to enjoy. Most
popular events include a Coffee & Art Stroll, Cupping Competition, Farm & Mill Tours, International Lantern Parade or explore Kona coffee country’s cafe’s, shopping and community with a self-guided driving tour brochure.
There are 650 coffee farms that are in the Kona district. Most of the sizes of the coffee farms are about 3 acres. Did you know that 3,500 acres of land for coffee agriculture produces around 3.8 million pounds a year of coffee, that’s a value of $14 million dollars. A lot of coffee farms and mills open their farms to visitors so they can come and experience the farmers’ life they give samples of coffee and you can see how they roost it and pick the ripe cherries by hand.
For almost 200 years there have been celebrations, discussions, and enjoyment over a cup of Kona’s world famous coffee. Admired for it’s fine, light and memorable taste, Kona coffee once again takes center stage at the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival.
Come join us this year – November 3-12, 2017 and sample some of the worlds greatest coffee.
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