Hawaii Roasters 100% Kona Coffee, Medium Roast, Whole Bean, 14-Ounce Bag

For years, visitors to Hawaii have been bringing a taste of Hawaii home with them in the form of 100% kona coffee. Now you can have it shipped directly to you. The unique environment of the tiny kona coffee belt, only about 2 miles by 15 miles, creates the ideal growing conditions for premium quality coffee beans. Coffee trees flourish on the kona volcanic slopes under warm morning sunshine and afternoon cloud cover. Individually hand-picking the coffee cherries at the peak of ripeness, our coffee is then sun-dried to bring out its characteristic flavor. The final step is artisan micro-roasting at the sustainable farm in small batches, helping to ensure the freshness of each and every bag of Hawaii Roasters 100% Kona Coffee.

Quick facts

  • All natural, hand-picked, sun-dried and farm-roasted by our master roasters, as it has been done for generations
  • Our medium roast is chestnut brown in color, producing a delicate and mild coffee. Also known as a full city roast
  • Founded by a 3rd generation coffee family and featured on the Food & Wine Radio Network and KGO Radio
  • Winner-Hawaii Governors Export Award and Winner-New & Innovative Product Award at the world’s largest food exhibition in Paris
  • For just 15 cents more per cup than all the mass market brands that use imported coffee, you can buy local, U.S. grown 100% Hawaiian Kona Coffee and support the only coffee farmers in the U.S.

Top reviews

Not exactly what I expected

I bought this coffee after reading the reviews. I was disappointed. EVERYONE seemed to think this coffee was wonderful. I certainly would not rate it bad, but OK–not exactly what I was anticipating.

UPDATE: I received an e-mail from the president of Hawaiian Roasters, the company that makes this coffee. Since I was not totally satisfied with the coffee, I was given a full refund. While this coffee is not my favorite, I will say the company makes a great effort to satisfy the customer. Thank you, Mr. Krant.

MelanyWattsville, AL

Not a good purchase

This was not a good purchase for me. I’m a coffee fanatic and was hopeful of a great coffee experience. Over half the bag went into the trash. I NEED GOOD coffee, especially my first cup of the day. If I don’t have that good coffee experience, I trash the offending beans and move on until the beans I find give me what I’m looking for. I found no aroma or flavor with the coffee brewed from these beans. I went back to my regular provider for my beans. (they don’t carry Kona which is why I was intrigued to try this offering) I’ve had 100% Kona many years ago and LOVED it, so it’s not that I’m unfamiliar as to what I should be tasting. It’s just that this brand did NOT “knock my socks off” and I was hopeful that it would.

UPDATE: After my review, the President of Hawaii Coffee Roasters contacted me and offered a refund or a new bag. I left the choice up to him. I received a new bag and have to say that I had the 5-star experience that I had hoped for. I ended up having received a “bad bag” the first time around. While it is not my favorite varietal, it certainly gave me the coffee experience I was looking for with great richness, smoothness and flavor. I also give 5-stars to Hawaii Coffee Roasters and its’ President for OUTSTANDING service.

RickeyTintah, MN

What a disappointment

For reference, I’ve had several Kona coffees before and loved them all. I had high expectations for this coffee after reading the reviews and then after smelling the beans. The smell of the beans is the only good thing about this coffee though. I was skeptical when I saw how very dry the beans were as if they’d been sitting on a shelf for quite a while. I decided to go ahead and make a pot of french pressed coffee regardless. Based on how bad it was (couldn’t even finish the cup), I’m guessing that everyone giving this good reviews must be dripping this coffee. Still, I can’t imagine that it’s very good either way and I have to wonder what kind of coffee is normally drunk by the people who rated this as good. This is nothing like any of the Kona coffees I’ve had in the past. It’s not even close to being on par with the Sumatra I’ve been drinking lately. If you normally drink pretty good coffee, especially if you grind your own beans that have a nice oily appearance, I’d recommend avoiding this one. I’ll probably be throwing the rest of mine out.
CaterinaWright, MN

Old Drrrrrrrrrrrry Beans

When coffee was being ground I could tell the beans were old and dried out, not a good flavor or or even much of any flavor at all, save your money on this company.
Call company and they made restitution.
NathanialValera, TX

What’s the taste of Kona like?

Maybe I am a taste disaster. I could not tell any difference between Kona and ordinary blend coffee.
I mostly drink Starbucks espresso or Starbucks Sumatra. Since I feel that Starbucks espresso tastes better than this product, I’d rather go back on Starbucks espresso. Also my friend agrees with me about the taste of Kona coffee.
Please tell me what the taste of Kona is like!!!
JuleneSayville, NY

Worth every cent–a special treat for yourself or a friend.

Pure Kona coffee, especially when it comes directly from the farm, is everything the coffee lover ever hoped for, absolutely as good as its description suggests it will be. The flavor is rich because farm-processed coffee never has the chance to get stale–the cherries are skinned and the beans are dried and roasted immediately after picking for maximum freshness and mellow flavor. They don’t sit around over-fermenting while waiting to be processed (which then requires dark roasting to kill the “spoiled” taste).

Though pure 100% Kona is rare and difficult to find, this coffee is the real deal–a premier coffee which is among the costliest and most sought-after. If you are just browsing for coffee, take a close look at the label. For some strange reason, coffee can be legally called “Kona” if it contains just ten percent Kona beans (with 90% of the beans coming from unknown sources), and some new buyers are unaware of this. This brand of 100% Kona will justify its price and confirm everything you ever wanted in taste. n Mary Whipple

CecilStephens, AR

Not Worth the Money…

I had been buying Lion brand Kona coffee and was quite satisfied. For some reason that has since escaped me, I decided to try the Hawaii Roasters coffee. I was very much looking forward to it, especially after reading through the Amazon reviews. When I opened the HRs bag, I was not captivated by the aroma as I am with the Lion coffee. I found the coffee to be bland and tasteless. Not objectionable by any means, but not at all what I would describe as flavorful. Perhaps I got an old batch or something, but regardless, I’m going back to the Lion brand.
VioletRiverdale, MI

Smooth and flavorfull

I bought the dark roast and am very happy. Nice and smooth with sweet after notes. I use a coffee press and ground my first batch with a blade grinder and was very impressed. Two days later I received my Hario hand crank burr grinder and what an improvement on a already great cup of coffee. I am really happy with both of my purchase’s. If you like a strong bitter tasting dark roast, then this might not be the coffee for you. I like to change it up once and a while and really enjoyed this brand.
WinnifredHeafford Junction, WI

Really bad coffee

I bought this coffee so I wouldn’t have to go out of my way to go to a specialized coffee shop. Big mistake. This is not strong, flavorful coffee, which is what I expect from 100% Kona. These beans taste like they’ve been sitting around in a warehouse for months, which is probably the reality. This is a waste of money, you are better off with Starbucks beans.
MaryTarkio, MO

Very disappointed

Got this coffee expecting good things as I had thoroughly enjoyed Kona blends before and wanted to “upgrade” to real Kona beans but was very disappointed in this particular product as it had almost no flavor. Just to be sure it wasn’t just me I shared the beans with other coworkers who agreed it was short on taste/flavor and were surprised that it was “high dollar” Kona coffee beans. I started mixing it w/Gevalia and Starbucks to get some taste and that way it won’t be a total loss. Maybe I got a bad batch or old coffee but I am not taking a chance on this product again.
KimberlieMilnesand, NM

Great gift

Just received this coffee as a gift – it’s a great coffee, lovely flavor and something I’ll buy again as soon as this runs out.
JulesPocomoke City, MD

I Just Had To…

…I’ve never written a product review before, but this is such amazingly good coffee I just had to say so. From the first sip I knew this was coffee like I had never tasted before. And in Seattle – where coffee falls from the sky like so much rain – that’s saying something. I had planned to serve this as the perfect cap for a recent dinner party with friends, but it didn’t last in my house long enough to make the dinner. So I’m back for more.

Now I’m wondering if the folks at Hawaii Roasters have any openings. I work cheap…you can pay me in these wonderful, rich coffee beans!

PazMinneola, FL

Nothing like real Kona

I lived in Hawaii (island of Oahu) for 6 years and drank Kona coffee every day. Now back on the mainland, I have been purchasing Kona blends. Having grown tired of these blends, I decided to try this coffee, based mostly on the reviews. It’s not even close to classic Kona. The beans seemed dry, did not have much aroma, and it took about 50% more beans per cup to make it as strong as an average cup of coffee. There was definitely some Kona characteristics to the flavor, but barely as much as you would find in a good Kona blend. I can only guess that the bag of beans that I received had been in storage for a long time or simply not stored properly. Whatever the case, I would not buy this again.
ErlindaSparkill, NY

Kona Coffee; you’ve got to be joking!

I am a big sucker for coffee; especially Kona and I try to to taste every brand I get. Hawaii Roasters is absolutely the worst I have tasted so far (Just in case you are wondering my favorite is Koa Peaberry). This one doesn’t have even the slightest characteristics of Kona Coffee. If you don’t want to spend a small fortune on good coffee; just go with blended Kona. You will save some money over this brand yet still will get a better taste.
ClotildePeridot, AZ

WOW! I can say it backwards !WOW.

EhtelTussy, OK

Not what I was expecting

Like many product review readers, I take all negative feedback with a grain of salt since people are more apt to write a review when they have a negative experience. I however should have listened to the negative feedback.

As an avid coffee drinker, I had ordered several other highly rated coffee’s from Amazon. I have always considered a genuine Kona coffee to be my favorite so I was a little disappointed when I ground up some beans and made myself a fresh cup.

It is more bitter and less flavorful then I expected. Not a terrible taste, just not what I expected. For the price, I wouldn’t recommend this coffee. There are many other less expensive; good coffee’s out there.

WindyGrandview, MO

Falls a bit bit short

The packaging is exceptional. I really did like the re-sealable bag. I have been buying coffee from assorted vendors on Amazon for awhile now and with the Super Saver shipping and no sales tax it’s been a worthwhile experience. I just wish the roasters would all consider packaging that allows the customers to store their products as well as HI Roasters. As for the coffee, it was very flavorful, a nice chocolate overtone. But for my tastes it fell short of some lower priced Kona blends I’ve had and I think it’s due to the light roast. If you’re into a more aromatic earthy taste w/ complex mellow undertones the Hawiian Dark Roast is among the very best.
CarlieMansfield, IL

Burnt and Stale, Not Medium Roast as Advertized

These allegedly medium roast Kona beans are stale and burnt like Starbucks roasts (Starbucks roasts their coffee just to the burnt stage in order to hide the fact that their beans are rancid), not a medium roast at all.

I strongly suspect that these beans are a few years old that were re-roasted, re-packaged, and sold on Amazon as fresh Kona beans.

When I opened the package, it smelled more like a chimney or an ash tray than a coffee.

I am very disappointed.

EricaQuanah, TX

Kona coffee

I say Kona coffee is over promoted and overpriced. The taste is way short of a great coffee.I cannot bring a well-balance taste out of this coffee no matter how I brew it. Don’t waste your $$$!

Cross my heart, there are other excellent coffees which cost less than Kona.

MarylynMaud, TX

Worth the money

Normally, the coffee is fantastic. This time, it was a bit stale, but still much better than alternatives. This might have been due to a slight tear in the bag during shipping
BettinaBladenboro, NC

Best coffee

So, I was looking for a really good coffee because my dad is a fanatic about caffeine. I bought him this one, other Kona coffees, and even the outrageously expensive, highly talked about squirrel-pooping coffee from the Philippines. After many months of trying different kinds, my dad kept referring to this one as the “best.” Guess I’ll be buying this one from now on.
JanellFairmount, IL

Award Winning Farm Roasted 100% Kona Coffee, Whole Bean, Medium Roast, 1 Lb

Delicious for what it is, being prepackaged…considering that it is not fresh roasted in your kitchen. Expensive as a full time enjoyment, but a nifty treat or gift.
MagenAtlantic, PA

Stale, Quality not Commensurate with Price Point.

Relative luxury items that charge a premium are subject to a greater degree of discrimination on the basis of commanding margin substanailly higher than that of more mid-stream, value or bang for the buck items. If you’re going to spend $30 for a 16 oz bag of Coffee, the expectation is that the quality of the product is high to exceptional. My personal opinion, and that of several office co-horts, was that the quality of this product did not match the price point.

Our office purchased a Techni-Vorum Moccamaster, with a copper heating element, for ideal brewing. Bottled Culligan water was used to make the coffee. Under such conditions, the sweet flavor of Kona shines. This did not happen with this product. The consensus in the office is that the beans were stale.

One trick in the food industry to add margin is to sell products that are slightly aged, and a at least a little bit if not moderately on the way to expiration. This is the model that Trader Joe’s operates under. The difference is with Trader Joes, you pay less for the product, so there is still some relative value in the purchase.

Pure Speculation: I do wonder if this is the case with this product. Higher Margin Product not selling in recession, gets older, passed off at disproportionately high price point. I can not know. What I do know is that I will not be buying this again. Again, while my experiences with Kona with other lines have been outstanding, this particular product was stale. Suggestions on other Kona lines appreciated. I am willing to pay up for good beans. If paying at this price point, the expectations are high.

Did have better Luck with Caffe Britt, which while a darker roast, exceptional quality, and good value at the price point on Amazon. Happy brewing.

CareyNewbury Park, CA

Not as described.

Although I might not be a coffee connoisseur, I do know the difference between a smooth or bitter tasting cup of Kona coffee. This might be labeled Kona, I say that it has an awful bitter after taste for being Kona. I have gone back to one of the original Kona coffee listed under the Kona coffee counsel. It is comparable to the pricing of this coffee yet a much smoother taste that I like.

As stated above, this coffee is “Not As Described”

TanaAnderson, CA

Hawaii Roasters coffee is good but

I love Kona coffee by Blue Horse. Hawaii Roasters is a blend of beans from more than one estate where Blue Horse is coffee beans from a single estate. I guess I am kind of snobbish about the coffee I drink.
MyraGurdon, AR

Not happy with the freshness and flavor

I am really surprised that this coffee wasn’t better. I have been to Hawaii and thoroughly enjoyed Kona coffee, so I thought I would treat myself. Eight O’Clock coffee from the grocery store tastes just as good for a third of the price.
DayleTracyton, WA

Not recommended

Really had high expectations of this Kona coffee–so much so that I even gifted a couple of bags for Christmas. I was not impressed and very much regretted gifting this coffee.
MarxBethany, WV

Love it , love it , love it

Hard enough to find good kona coffee that isn’t a blend harder still to find good Kona coffee. All I have to say is- when made in a coffee press this stuff taste great
BurtPalisades, WA

I am sooooooo disappointed.

I was so looking forward to trying this coffee & expected it to be great, from the reviews, reputation, and price.

After experimenting with more/less beans to try & brew the perfect pot, I’m about to give up.

Needless to say, I’m so disappointed I could cry.

MilaHungerford, TX

Not as good as expected

This product is a pretty DECENT product. I was expecting a much better cup of coffee. I purchased this along with “Cafe Altura Organic Peruvian Dark” and the other coffee was much better. In fact it was also a 1/3rd of the price. If I did a blind taste test I think the majority of the participants would select the peruvian dark.
UnCompton, IL