The Great Kona
by Les Drent
BUY ONLY 100% KONA
The difference is in the cup.
DID YOU KNOW that out of the 20 million pounds of Kona
Coffee bought and consumed every year only 2 million
pounds of that coffee is actually grown here in Kona?
And the frightening fact of the matter is...that most
Kona coffee drinkers around the world have no idea that
what they are drinking is a coffee containing 90 or
more percent of something other than Kona coffee.
It's time for this deceptive labeling and misuse of
the Kona name to end. In an attempt to preserve the
coffee growing heritage here in Kona and the gourmet
reputation of our local coffee and to combat this widespread
misrepresentation of the Kona name to sell counterfeit
coffee we here at Coffee Times unconditionally guarantee
that the coffee you receive from us is only 100% Pure
Kona coffee and meets the State of Hawaii's highest
You will be amazed to find out what you have been missing
when you get a taste of the real thing!
These four corporations in 1994 filed federal law suits
that blocked the trademarking of Kona Coffee. This trademark
would have aided Kona coffee growers in their battle
to combat counterfeiting.
1. C. Brewer d.b.a. Royal Kona Coffee Co., Honolulu,
2. Kona Kai Farms, Berkeley, CA
3. Hawaiian Isles Kona Coffee Co., Honolulu, HI
4. Woolson Tea & Spice d.b.a. Lion Coffee Co., Honolulu,
HONORARY MENTIONS to this villainous list are the Food
and Drug Administration which refuses to enforce its
own labeling regulations and the Hawaii Consumer Affairs
Department which refuses to police even the most egregious
deceptive advertising and label labeling practices.
Mayor of Hawaii County, Stephen Yamashiro, and the Department
of Agriculture have also been willing participants in
this travesty by not coming to the aid of the farmers.
Are you aware of how little some of your popular mainland
coffee sellers know about the true taste of Kona coffee?
For instance, Jim Reynolds who is President of Peet'
s Coffee writes this about Kona.
"On its own, Kona is too light and one-dimensional
to get our endorsement when selecting coffees for Peet's,
and it's too expensive to represent a good value to
Peet's coffee drinkers. We think that the requests we
get for Kona coffee have more to do with vacation memories
than taste characteristics. Most of the coffee is sold
to the tourist trade in Hawaii, although some of the
better green coffee does make it to the mainland but
at tourist (and rising) prices. Our dilemma is how to
respond to our customer's requests and still fulfill
our goal of offering great coffees at reasonable prices.
So we decided to blend Kona 50% with high-grown coffees
from Central America to balance Kona's smoothness with
a little flavor and body. We think the blend is much
better tasting than Kona coffee alone, and it allows
a price that is more commensurate with the coffee's
When asked if Jim has ever been to Kona, or knows anything
about how much it costs to produce coffee in Hawaii
he said no he has never been to Kona and doesn't know
anything about how much it costs to grow coffee in Hawaii.
Where he gets his opinion and why he even chooses to
sell Kona as a blend is unknown to us. If you care to
share your own opinion on his description of Kona coffee
he can be bugged at 1-800-999-2132.
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