We must roast a minimum of 5 lbs of Kona at a time so your order may be delayed to wait for a full 5 lbs to roast.
Kona Star Farms is located on the West Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii in the center of the Kona Coffee District on 35 acres of mountainside at an altitude of 1700 to 2100 feet. Kona, Hawaii is approximately 2400 miles west of California, USA and 3800 miles east of Japan.
Hawaii is a beautiful place to live and the Big Island of Hawaii is the most unspoiled and beautiful of all the islands. The Big Island is very private and isolated. But, we have an international Airport in Kailua Kona with service to any-place in the world.
The state of Hawaii is composed of 5 major islands. The State Capital is located on the Island of Oahu which is the most populated island and where the ocean port of Honolulu is located, Kona Star is located on the Big Island of Hawaii which is the largest island with mostly agriculture and is the least populated of all the islands.
Approximately 20,000 Coffee Trees with more trees being planted each year Approximately 350,000 pounds of cherry coffee harvested each year with the current trees Approximately 550 – One Hundred pound bags of green coffee produced each year from the current crop of cherry, this will increase as more trees reach production.
Complete Wet Mill which incorporates the newest technology for processing coffee without damage to the environment from waste water. This Wet Mill utilizes high speed water jets to remove mucilage from the cherry coffee as part of the pulping process.
Large Temperature and Humidity Controlled storage room for coffee. Complete “State of the Art” Dry Mill to process parchment coffee into Green coffee.
Here is what Kona Star has to say about their wonderful coffee
"At Kona Star, we have found that we can meet these two objectives, Product Excellence and Price but only by very careful attention to each stage of the coffee bean process, from the tree to the bag. We have found that the only way we could do this is to perform at Kona Star each step in the coffee process, from the tree, to wet milling and to dry milling. We have made the investment in processing equipment that allows us to perform and thereby control each step in the process from wet mill to dry mill.
For Example, in the dry mill process there is a machine called a Gravity Table. This machine separates the coffee beans by density. This is a complex process but running coffee for multiple passes over the gravity table will result in a more even bean density profile than could be obtained by a single pass. Since this is our processing plant and our employees operating the machines, we can afford to do it without impacting the price of the coffee. This then is what we do and this brochure will attempt to illustrate how we do it. This Brochure is primarily visual since I believe that pictures are better than words.
Kona Star is a Farm where our prize winning Kona Coffee is grown and processed and where our coffee is prepared for shipment to Gourmet Coffee Roasters around the World. Kona Star is an Estate, we only sell coffee that we grow and process on our farm. We grow the trees, harvest the coffee beans, process the beans into green coffee using our own processing plants and finally ship those coffee beans to our customers from our Air Conditioned Warehouse.
Our Goal is to produce the finest Kona Coffee available. We accomplish this by controlling each step in the process. We are considered the finest Kona Coffee available today and a fierce attention to detail is how we do it. There are no shortcuts to excellence. My home is located on the farm and I participate and supervise every detail.
Coffee is Harvested generally from early August to Early January, picking only the ripe coffee beans. Since our coffee is harvested by hand and because ripe coffee beans will be found growing next to unripe coffee beans there are 5 to 6 rounds of picking where the coffee pickers start at the top of the farm, pick to the bottom of the farm and then start again at the top. Each round of picking takes about 21 days.
After each coffee harvest, the coffee trees are pruned to about 8 feet tall, the pruning remains are chipped and left under the trees as compost. After pruning, normal maintenance including fertilization and mowing is done while the cycle of nature produces another crop of coffee beans. Coffee requires a close attention to the characteristics of the ground. We fertilize about every 4 to 6 weeks, about 2200 pounds of fertilizer per acre is applied each year and we adjust the fertilizer as required by the environment. We do not allow the use of any pesticide on this farm.
In this brochure we show pictures from various stages of production including pulping where the Cherry coffee bean is separated from its skin and sun dried on a drying deck, the dried coffee beans are called Parchment at this stage of processing. The Parchment coffee beans are then final dried in a tower dryer so that each bean is at the correct moisture level and then placed into large bulk storage bags and stored in a large air-conditioned storage room.
Finally, the stored parchment enters the final stage of processing called the Dry Mill where various machines remove the inner skin (silver skin), sort the beans by size and then, sort the beans by density with a gravity table which removes the underweight beans. The final step in processing is to place the coffee beans into 100 pound burlap bags where the beans are inspected the State of Hawaii Department of Agriculture. Only then is Kona Star Coffee shipped to gourmet roasters around the world."
Free Shipping and Discount Program:
Chicago Coffee Roastery, Inc. offers prepaid ground freight on 40 lbs of Bulk Roasted Coffee and Bulk Tea shipments in the continental United States.
We offer free shipping on full cases of Big Train. Normal shipping charges apply to all other products. Shipping charges are based on weight and destination zip code.
Bulk Coffee Discounts
$0.25 off per pound at 100 lbs
Bulk Tea Discounts (Must be the same tea)
$0.20 off per pound at 6 lbs
$0.30 off per pound at 12 lbs
$0.40 off per pound at 20 lbs