About Kona Coffee History

Coffee was first brought to Kona in1828 as a decoration for the garden.

Then it was grown on large plantations, but the crash in the world coffee market in 1899 caused plantation owners to have to lease out their land to their workers.

Most of these workers were originally from Japan, and they worked their leased land parcels of between 5 and 12 acres as family concerns, producing large, quality coffee crops.

The tradition of running family farms has continued throughout Kona.

The Japanese-origin families have been joined by Filipinos, mainland Americans, and Europeans - all of who strive to keep their farms productive and their crops as perfect as can be.

Our Princess Radha Farm is one of those farms. The original Japanese immigrant family planted coffee trees on the volcanic steep hillside land. Their efforts produce tasty great coffee now.

Kona coffee is the only name for coffee  cultivated on the slopes of Hualalai and Mauna Loa in the North and South Kona Districts of the Big Island.

The "coffee belt" in Kona is approximately two miles wide from 700 feet (210 m) to 2,000 feet (610 m) elevation.

 Only coffee from the Kona Districts can be described as "Kona Coffee". The weather of sunny mornings, clouds or rain in the afternoon, little wind and mild nights combined with porous, mineral rich volcanic soil, creates favorable coffee growing conditions.