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British-born Henry Nicholas Greenwell grew up a world away from the tropical shores of Hawaii, but his life would ultimately make a mark on the Kona coffee industry.
World-renowned Kona coffee, grown specifically in an optimal region of the Big Island of Hawaii, is considered some of the world’s finest coffee and remains a highly desirable product. At Greenwell Farms, where the production of coffee has remained in the Greenwell family for generations, 150 years of local experience has gone into making some of the best tasting coffee in the Kona region.
Tom and Jennifer Greenwell currently run the family business, and as fourth-generation coffee farmers, are extremely knowledgeable about the coffee industry. As Greenwell Farms has been passed down through the Greenwell lineage, original entrepreneur Henry Nicholas Greenwell was able to establish a promising business through buying fertile land in the Kona region.
Although he started off his business for the purpose of growing oranges, he shifted his focus onto coffee and watched his success grow. His business-savvy techniques exposed Kona coffee to the European market in the 1870s, and he achieved recognition at the World’s Fair in Vienna where he received a ‘Recognition Diploma’ from the President of the Kaiser’s Expedition.
Located at 1,500 feet above sea level, the scenic Greenwell Farms showcases not only a beautiful farm, but also overlooks glimpses of the nearby ocean. Greenwell Farms is a welcoming spot in the Kona region for daily coffee tours, where friendly guides take groups around the property to see how coffee is created from start to finish.
The complimentary tours start at the airy, outdoor gift shop, where visitors have the chance to sample tastes of Greenwell Farms’ signature coffees. Tours are available every day from 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. and are a great interactive way in understanding where your morning cup of coffee comes from.
Greenwell Farms currently uses Arabica coffee trees for the production of their coffee, where the beans are handpicked and processed on site. They have an array of coffee products that highlight a variety of different flavors. Greenwell Farms Private Reserve is their most signature coffee, picked straight from their farm at the most optimal time. The Private Reserve comes from the farm’s largest beans and offers an exceptional taste. The Private Reserve is packaged in signature green bags with the Private Reserve designation on it.
A main component of the success at Greenwell Farms is 100% Kona coffee. The farm sources their coffee cherry from specific farms in North and South Kona to produce only the most exceptional coffee products. The precise labor of picking and harvesting the coffee comes from dedicated workers who truly understand the process of making coffee.
One of Greenwell Farms’ most famous coffees is Peaberry, which comes from a small bean that packs a lot of flavor. The peaberry combines an acidity with tones of fruit. Greenwell Farms also offers a variety of roasts, including the Dark City Roast and Full Body Roast. While the Dark City Roast showcases a level of sweetness without any hint of bitterness, the Full Body Roast has a medium body and is typically known as a Kona classic. An Espresso Roast is also available, as well as a smooth Medium Roast.
With the macadamia nut a popular staple all across the islands of Hawaii, Greenwell Farms has incorporated its special taste into their macadamia nut flavored coffee. It is a medium roasted coffee with a touch of macadamia nut flavor added at the end. Similarly, the chocolate macadamia nut coffee comes with the added bonus of rich chocolate that makes for an exceptional cup of coffee.
Greenwell Farms offers a unique opportunity to become part of their coffee club, where people are able to order a minimum of two pounds of a specified coffee and receive the shipment on either a two week, monthly, or every other month basis.
Aside from freshly roasted coffee, Greenwell Farms also offers a variety of souvenirs, ranging from beauty products, locally sourced gourmet food products, and apparel. A stop at Greenwell Farms is not to missed, as their daily tours provide an inside look into Kona coffee, one of the most famous staples across the island. For more information on visiting Greenwell Farms for a coffee tour, visit their homepage.