Flower on the coffee tree
Coffee fruitBags of green coffee ready to be roasted
We toured the Mountain Thunder Kona coffee plantation. Kona coffee is very good. It is smooth is has no bitter taste. I really liked it. It is very interesting how coffee is grown and processed. It starts in a state that is called cherry. It is in the fruit state. The fruit is removed and the beans are dried. After the beans are dried another layer of husk is removed. The beans are graded on size and color. They are also inspected for defects. A computer grades them into 6 categories: Peaberry*, Extra Fancy, Fancy, Number 1, Prime, and defective. (* read the peaberry link if coffee interests you) The whole process is very interesting to me. YMMV though.