Pure Kona Coffee – Black Gold Peaberry

Pure Kona Coffee How to Guide

What kind of grind have you selected? Remember to be creative; you can choose a dark roast espresso and still have it ground to be brewed in a drip system. No matter how you choose to brew your Pure Kona Coffee, there are guidelines to follow which will give you the best cup of Hawaii coffee possible. To optimize the quality of every Kona cup you prepare, fine-tune your brewing routine by incorporating these suggestions.

Peaberry Coffee

Peaberry Coffee – 100% Pure Kona Coffee Beans 7 oz

The brew Machine or Mechanism.

Make sure that your brew machine is thoroughly cleaned after each use by rinsing it with clear, hot water and drying it with an absorbent towel (using any chemicals is not recommended). Check that no grounds have been left to collect on any part of the equipment and that there is no build-up of caffeine oils. Such residue can impart a bitter, rancid flavor to future cups of your best Kona. We do recommend periodic equipment replacement for safety.
The Pure Kona Coffee.

Purchase Pure Kona Coffee soon after they have been roasted or as possible; beans are green till you order (5 best custom roasters “same day or next day” Pure Kona Coffee). Fresh roasted Kona is essential to a superb cup of island Java, purchasing your kona Peaberry in small batches; only as much as you can use in a given period of time. Ideally for best results you should purchase whole bean Kona fresh every 1-2 weeks.
The Grind – Course or fine Kona.

If you purchase whole beans and we recommend you do, always grind your Pure Kona Coffee as close to the brew time as possible. A burr or mill grinder is preferable because all of the coffee is ground to a consistent size. A blade grinder is less preferable because the grind is often uneven. If your are normally using Kona grounds at home with a blade grinder, try having it ground at the Kona Store with a burr grinder. The difference may be a surprise!
Kona Bean Grind “Size Does Matter!”

Do not underestimate the importance of the size of the grind to the taste of your Kona. If your coffee tastes bitter, it may be over-extracted, or ground too fine. On the other hand, if your it tastes flat, it may be under-extracted, meaning that your grind is too coarse. Tell the professionals where you purchase your Kona (Custom roast pure kona coffee and custom grinds here) exactly how you will be brewing it. For example, will you be using a plunger pot? A flat drip filter or maybe A cone drip filter, A gold mesh filter? They will grind it specifically for the preparation method you have chosen and the equipment you use.
Kona Bean Grind Test.

Before using the Pure Kona Coffee, try rubbing some of the grounds between your fingers so that you can ‘feel’ the grind and become acquainted with the differences in size. Never reuse your Kona grounds. Once brewed, the desirable coffee flavors have been extracted and only the bitter undesirable ones are left.
Even the Best Water adds flavor to coffee.

The water you use is very important to the quality of your Kona. Use filtered or bottled water without salts, if your tap is not good or imparts a strong odor or taste, such as chlorine. If you are using the tap let it run a few seconds before filling your pot. Be sure to always use cold. Do not use distilled or softened. If you are not sure about your water; boiling for 20 minutes will eliminate most salts – metals that may assault your Kona flavor.
Best Ratio of Kona Coffee to Water.

Use the proper ground amount of Pure Kona Coffee for every six ounces of water that is actually brewed, remembering that some is lost to evaporation in certain brewing methods. A general guideline is 1 to 2 tablespoons of ground Kona for every six ounces of liquid. This can be adjusted to suit individual taste preferences. Be sure to check the ‘cup’ lines on your brewer to see how they actually measure. If the brew isn’t bright enough; try dark roast Kona as it is bold with brighter hints of chocolate.
Best Temperature when Brewing Kona.

Your brewer should maintain a water temperature between 195 – 205 degrees Fahrenheit for optimal extraction. Colder water will result in flat, under-extracted Kona, while too hot will also cause a loss of quality in the taste of your Pure Kona Coffee. If you are brewing your Kona manually, let the it come to a full boil, but do not over-boil. Turn off the heat source and allow the water to rest a minute (60 seconds) before pouring it over the Kona grounds.
Best Kona coffee Brewing Time.

The amount of time that the liquid is in contact with the Kona grounds is another important factor affecting the taste of your Kona. In a drip system, the contact time should be approximately 5 minutes. If you are making your Kona using a plunger pot, the contact time should be 2-4 minutes. Espresso, as the name implies, means that the brew time is short—the Pure Kona Coffee are in contact with the liquid for only 20-30 seconds. If the taste of your Kona is not optimal, it is possible that you are either over-extracting (the brew time is too long) or under-extracting (the brew time is too short) for your Kona. Experiment with the contact time until you can make a cup of Kona that suits your tastes perfectly.
Brewed Pure Kona Coffee should be enjoyed immediately!

Pour it into a pre-warmed mug or cup so that it will maintain its temperature as long as possible. Brewed Kona begins to lose its optimal taste moments after brewing so only Grind as much Kona as will be consumed immediately. If it will be a few minutes before it will be served, the temperature should be maintained at 180 – 185 degrees Fahrenheit. It should never be left on an electric burner for longer than 15 minutes because it will begin to develop a burned taste. If the Kona is not to be served immediately after brewing, it should be poured into a warmed, insulated thermos and used within the next 45 minutes. After ground Kona have been brewed;
Assisting you in your choice, the following are useful steps on best practices picking the best brands.
#1 RULE: Never reheat your Kona.

Best Kona How to Guide for Beans.

Although there are many unique types of Pure Kona Coffee available, essentially there are two main species of coffee plant, from where the beans come. Arabica Kona, which is believed to have originated in Kefa and is the oldest known beans whereas coffee canephora (robusta), which is thought to originate in Uganda and grows in harsh climates where arabica will normally produces cherries. Generally, of the two, arabica kona is seen by connoisseurs as being the better choice, while canephora is generally the coffee bean used in branded commercial coffees.

Many Kona lovers are particular about where they buy their beans. Knowing something about the different regions of the Hawaii coffee growing world is critical if you want to be taken seriously among the serious coffee drinkers. For example, Brazil exports the most in the world, and Columbian is used by many commercial coffee companies, but many of the world’s coffee lovers prefer the best Kona from Hawaii.

In order to enhance your experience you need to select the Pure Kona Coffee that have been roasted the best. However, you want to make sure that the Kona bean you pick has been recently roasted. As such, before you decide which one to buy, make sure you ask the sales person how long ago Kona was roasted. If it was more than a couple of days or so ago, you should probably avoid it.

Roasting the Best Pure Kona Coffee.

The way in which a bean is roasted has an impact on the overall flavor of the Kona. Knowing the different roasting procedures will help you to select not only the best coffee, but also the best roasted coffee. Generally they are either medium or dark roasted, so make sure you ask before buying.

Don’t buy a Kona because others tell you what you must like this bean or that. Drinking Kona is a deeply personal experience. Eventually there is a Kona out there for each of us. So, trust your instincts about the taste you like and once you have made up your mind whether your preferred choice is a mild, full-bodied, floral-tasting, nutty, winy, etc., just go with it. Obviously feel free to experiment with other coffees, but savor the pleasure – the best possible Kona you love.
Enjoy Your Pure Kona Coffee!

A finely prepared cup of Kona should be enjoyed as it is brewed. Take a moment to smell the aroma. Take a sip and notice your Pure Kona Coffee flavor. How does it compare to other commercial coffees with regard to body, acidity and balance? If Kona is new to you, notice how it is different. If it is what you normally drink, note the degree of Gourmet Kona Coffee freshness or how simple changes in preparation affect the gourmet cup’s flavor.

Buy Kona Coffee K-Cups

Pure Kona K-Cups

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Pure Kona Pods

There’s a whole bunch of confusion these days about what to call the various types of single-serve coffees (and teas). If you’re reading this, it’s likely because you want to know about Kona Pods and K-Cups.

If you are like most folks, you’re probably thinking “What do you mean? A pod and a k-cup are the same thing, right?”.

The short answer is that pods will not work in K-Cup machines and vice versa (K-Cups will not work in pod brewers). They are not interchangeable… unless you have an adapter or were smart enough to buy a java maker that brews both right out of the box.

The K-cup and Pod Difference

Pods are brew that is sealed inside filter paper. They have a round, flat shape and are usually soft and pliable. They are sometimes individually wrapped in foil or just packed loose in a larger resealable bag. Pods are also known as pads.

K-Cups are grinds (and recently hot chocolate and cappuccino) that is sealed in some kind of cartridge, generally a plastic cup. The cartridge has a plastic ring covered with a foil top. The inside of the capsule is lined with a filter material and keeps the coffee contained while brewing. When you place a kona coffee k-cups into a compatible brewer, there are two needles that puncture the lid and the bottom of the cup. Water flows into the top, extracts the coffee, and out the bottom (the bottom needle punctures the plastic cup, but not the filter paper… usually).

The history of the single-serve coffee container goes back well before Keurig K-Cup packs were invented. In fact, coffee pods (as we know them today) were actually the first, and others before that.

While pods were (and are) a great product, it’s success was limited from the beginning. It was hard to find the pods themselves, there weren’t many good pod brewers available, and there was no industry standard size or specification for the pod itself. The brewers were the most successful both in Europe and the US. These machines, too, faced the uphill struggle of getting their products into consumers’ hands. The choices were very limited and many of the ones that were available were not very good. While the first was generally regarded as a good brewer, it had two drawbacks. One, the pod holder was a tight fit that almost made it brew under pressure like an espresso machine. Two, the finished coffee had a lot of foam… something that didn’t always appeal to American consumers. The  pods were narrowed in diameter (55mm or less), were on the thick side, and were almost hard/tightly packed.

Other pods and pod brewers came to the market that used a different shape of pod, 60-62mm, thinner in height, and generally softer. Today, we like to call those “soft pods”… it’s what finally became the most popular type of pod.

Best advantages of pods:

  • Better extraction (more surface area for the water to contact the grinds)
  • More aroma while brewing (again, because it isn’t fully sealed in plastic)
  • Less packaging waste (only the wrapper is not biodegradable)

Disadvantages of pods:

  • Fewer options for pod brewing equipment
  • Fewer flavors, blends, and roast options available
  • Difficult to find in grocery stores (but are available online)

Best K-Cup Coffee

Hawaiian Isles Coffee K-Cups
Hawaiian Isles Coffee K-Cups

The K-Cup® term is trademarked by Keurig to describe their single-serve brewing capsule. As defined above, you can identify a kona coffee k-cup blends by the foil-lined, ringed design with a plastic cup. Other modified designs now exist, that eliminate the plastic cup but still use the plastic ring with foil lid.

There are different Keurig-branded brewer models for home use and commercial use. Commercial models, for example ones that can plumb into a water line, are exclusively available through traditional office coffee services (OCS companies). These providers have binding contracts with Keurig to install & maintain the brewers and delivers to the customers. They are only allowed to sell authorized brands and have strict requirements for the number of installations and new customers they must get to maintain their status. These providers are affectionately known as KADs (Keurig Authorized Distributors).

The home models, however, have no such restrictions – you can purchase the brewer from anywhere and the k-cups from anyone.

When key patents covering the design of K-Cups, it opened the door for other companies to make Keurig-compatible products. While these cannot be called K-Cups (because K-Cup® is trademarked), there are many that look-like and brew-like “official” ones. Nearly everyone has a “K-Cup compatible” coffee now.

Toasted Coconut Coffee K-cups - Lion Coffee
Lion Coffee – Toasted Coconut Coffee K-cups

In 2014, Keurig – faced with losing market share to the “other brands” – rolled out a new generation of brewer called Keurig 2.0. They heralded 2.0 as having more customization and brewing formats. Unfortunately, it also included a scanner that read the foil lids of capsules. If the K-Cup didn’t have their special ink (think barcode), it wouldn’t brew! Only kona coffee kcups officially manufactured or blessed by Keurig would work. This caused an uproar from consumers who purchased the 2.0 thinking they could continue to use their favorite other brand of k-cup.

Because of the lockout system, customers gave their brewers terrible reviews on websites and wrote lengthy letters complaining about the issue. Luckily, it didn’t take long for the competing brands to reverse-engineer the ink system and produce their own lids that were compatible with 2.0 brewers. In fact, in 2016 – months after the launch of 2.0 – they admitted the new system was a disastrous mistake. Despite of that, the K-Cup ecosystem has been wildly successful with a huge consumer market share.

Advantages of K-Cups -vs- Pods:

  • Impressive selection of blends, varietals, and flavored coffees
  • Lower-priced K-Cup compatible brands now exist
  • For most bean drinkers, it brews a perfectly acceptable cup
  • Highly convenient, self contained capsules

Disadvantages of K-Cups:

  • Generally higher priced than pods (especially more than regular brewed!)
  • Some claim k-cup coffee isn’t as flavorful as the soft pods
  • Plastic cup, foil lid, and ring creates significantly more waste vs. pods
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