Coffee Bean Direct Hawaiian Kona Blend, Whole Bean Coffee, 5-Pound Bag

This a true Kona blend, featuring Hawaiian Kona Fancy beans blended with smooth South Americans to create a cup very similar to 100% Kona. It has many of the same unique flavor qualities, at a fraction of the cost. This blend is recommended for those who want to see what this “Kona thing” is all about, but aren’t ready to commit to the high cost.

Quick facts

  • Coffee is roasted fresh immediately prior to packaging
  • Coffee beans are slow-roasted to bring out a fuller, more even flavor
  • Whole bean coffee stays fresher longer
  • Coffee beans are packaged to ensure optimal freshness
  • Tastes very close to 100% Kona without the high cost

Top reviews

Great Price, and good aroma

I have been buying this brand for the past 3 years. I am a Kona Lover, but have issues with spending 200 dollars for a 5 pound bag (I have the money but I much rather give it to charity than drink it). This brand almost gives you the Aroma of the higher quality Kona, even though it is a Blend, but for a lot lower cost. It has a perfect medium brew. Recommend it highly.
HesterArvada, CO

Kona Blend

This is amazing for a Kona Blend, it tastes like the real thing! AND….so much cheaper!
StepanieGranite City, IL

The Chocolate Notes of Hawaiian Coffee

This medium roast blend has all the flavors of Kona or Kauai coffee, especially the chocolate notes, and at a much lower price. We used to buy Kauai Coffee beans at Costco in Lihue on our trips there, and then started ordering it directly from Kauai Coffee, but at over $65 for 5#, we looked for a less expensive alternative, and found this. Excellent coffee and great price! We still serve our favorite Kauai Coffee at holiday time, but for everyday use, this is perfect.
AlexiaEncampment, WY

LIGHT ROAST KONA BLEND (“City” Roast)

This is a light roast Kona blend, known as “city roast”.
Light roasted beans have no oil on them and they smell a bit different – that is typical and normal.

Dark roast is what everyone is used to drinking – dark roast is used to hide how old and rancid the beans are. They began to only sell us old coffee in 80s and they began to roast it all dark then, to hide the fact that all the coffee was old, stale, rancid, etc. If you get a good fresh coffee that is lightly roasted, its a whole different cup of coffee! This is what I remember coffee tasting like, before they decided to feed us all only 1 type – old rancid dark “french” roast and worse.

This is Good Coffee! I highly recommend this.
Check their site (coffee bean direct)for the correct info.
Buyers are not always informed or correct, so check the site.

EveliaBloomfield, IA

Not Good

First, I will say that I have bought plenty of good coffee from Coffee Bean Direct.

That said, this is terrible coffee (for Kona or otherwise). I have had many different variants of Kona, ranging from pure to similarly labeled blends – none of which were so bad. This is dry, bitter and bland – probably the worst of all worlds.

To put things into perspective, Costa Rican from the same vendor is an infinitely superior coffee that I have as a subscription mainstay for my house.

Again, I like this vendor, but despise this particular coffee. Don’t waste your money . . . After Eight from your local grocer would be 100 times better.

WileyArmington, IL

Rancid and undrinkable

We just opened our 5lb bag of coffee and the first thing we noticed is that the beans had no oil left on them. Not a good sign. The smell was a bit off and you didn’t get that enjoyable aroma that you do from fresh beans.

Then we brewed a pot.

Rancid is the kindest word I can use. Flavorless but for the sour taste, we couldn’t stand to drink a cup. We immediately went and bought a bag of something else NOT from Coffee Bean Direct as the thought of drinking this stale bean for a month made us sick. You can’t return groceries to Amazon so we’re out $40 🙁

We’ve ordered from this vendor previously with good results but this bag has us turned off for good. We’ve had good results with The Bean Coffee Company, Le Bean but they seem to be running low on inventory. Time to search again.

PorterWilliamsburg, WV

Great coffee at a good price.

You can’t go wrong here. Order these fresh roasted beans and brew some up. I guarantee you will order more.
YukiMerrill, IA

not so kona!

Received the coffee and have been trying it out for a few days. I use an espresso machine to make my coffee..the bag doesn’t say how much Kona is in the blend, but I can’t imagine too much. The coffee doesn’t have the smoothness of the real Kona, is a bit on the harsher side. Probably ok for a run-of-the-mill cofee, but not much better. Wish I had bought a smaller bag first!
ShondraWilton, AR

A KONA Blend

We loved the KONA we had in Hawaii last year and subsequently purchased some at home. When I saw this product, it seemed like a good deal . First of all, when we opened the box, it smelled terrific; fresh and flavorfull. Our disappointment is in the taste. Though we have played around with the water: ground bean ratio, it still does not have the body and flavor we expected. Again, should have paid attention that it was a KONA blend. Its good but not great.
JeraldineEasthampton, MA

Coffee review

This is the best Kona coffee we have purchased and we have tried every brand that we have came across. And of course the price can’t be beat either….
AshlyByers, KS

Love this Coffee!

My husband and I went to Hawaii for our 30th anniversary and loved the Kona coffee that was offered in every restaurant! After returning home, and missing the great coffee, I decided to check on Amazon to see if they offered it. Much to my dismay, the “real” Kona was outrageously expensive. After reading the reviews about “blended” Kona coffee, I decided to try this one…and I’m glad I did! We just love getting up to the fresh aroma of this Kona Blend and feel like we are back on the Island enjoying the sun and surf and relaxing time! I have this on auto ship so I will never run out!
VanRossville, IL

Tasty Kona Blend

This inexpensive blend is among the best I have purchased. I have been trying others, but none of the others has been significantly better than this one.
VivianaRange, AL