Best Kona Coffee Brands of 2019 – Reviews & Buyer’s Guide

Kona Arabica coffeeOur ten Kona coffee reviews are the product of many hours of tests (and many more hours of jittery energy). We take our coffee tests seriously, studying each cup and rating them on the basis of the factors that matter the most to busy consumers.

Taste is the number one priority. All the coffees on our list are fit to satisfy even the pickiest of palates. However, we also take the entire user experience into account. From the packaging, down to the price, we have chosen options that satisfy all your major concerns. Here are some of the best-tasting Kona coffee products on the market!

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ModelPriceWeightEditor's Rating
Hawaiian Gold Kona Coffee BlendHawaiian Gold Kona_small(Top Pick)
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4 lbs4.85/5
Mulvadi 100% Ground Kona Coffee
Mulvadi Kona Coffee
(Top Ground Coffee Pick)

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1 lb4.60/5
Royal Kona 100% Kona CoffeeRoyal Kona 100% Kona Coffee(Top Decaf Pick)
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1 lb4.50/5
Landor Hawaiian Kona Coffee Medium Roast Whole BeanHawaiian Kona Coffee
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1 lb4.45/5
Blue Horse 100% Kona Coffee Medium Roast Whole BeansFarm-fresh: 100% Kona Coffee
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1 lb4.40/5

10 Best Kona Coffees Brands – Reviews 2019

1. Hawaiian Gold Gourmet Kona Whole Bean Blend — Top Pick

Hawaiian Gold Kona Medium Roast Gourmet Blend Whole Bean Coffee - 2 Lbs Bag

We start our list with our best Kona coffee beans (or best Hawaiian coffee, depending on what you prefer). The Hawaiian Gold whole bean gourmet package is a subtle medium roast.

The vibrantly exotic beans are hand-selected to ensure that each cup of coffee boasts the highest possible level of quality. The radiant flavor features smooth notes for palates that appreciate a level of subtler sophistication.

This is a fairly pricey coffee, but you get two pounds worth of beans for your money, which should last for a while.

Pros
  • Two-pound package
  • Hand-selected beans to ensure quality
  • Smooth, delicious taste
Cons
  • Fairly pricey

2. Mulvadi 100% Ground Kona Coffee — Top Ground Coffee Pick

Kona Coffee, 100% Pure, Ground, Gourmet Roast 7 Ounce Bag by Mulvadi Corporation

Our top ground Kona coffee is, without question, the Mulvadi Corporation blend. This gourmet coffee features a special foil bag with a freshness filter that automatically removes toxins that decrease the quality of the coffee.

The alkaline-heavy chemical nature of the product makes the coffee less acidic than most comparable products. This creates a very smooth drinking experience. It also helps to make the coffee more suitable for those with sensitive stomachs.

Like our top whole bean choice, it is a very pricey coffee, but that is to be expected with gourmet products.

Pros
Cons
  • Very pricey

3. Royal Kona 100% Decaffeinated Kona Coffee — Top Decaf Pick

Royal Kona 100% Kona Coffee, Decaf, Medium Roast, Ground, 7 Ounce

If you’re looking for a good cup of decaf Kona style coffee, you may appreciate the Royal Kona 100% blend. This flavorful coffee is roasted by the sun and is made in small batches on a single Hawaiian estate. The limited roasting process ensures that only the finest beans make it into each bag.

The care and dedication translate into a smooth taste and a robust flavor that lower-end coffees can’t quite compete with. Unfortunately, the coffee does leave a regrettably bitter aftertaste that is unusual for a product of this price.

Pros
  • Sun-roasted process leaves only the best beans
  • Smooth, robust flavor
  • Decaf
Cons
  • Bitter aftertaste

4. Landor Hawaiian Kona Coffee Medium Roast Whole Bean

Hawaiian Kona Coffee - 1 Pound - Medium Roast - Whole Bean

The Hawaiian Kona Coffee is a single-source product made of pure Arabica beans. Subtlety is a blessing and a curse with this coffee. On the one hand, the mild flavor means a relaxingly mellow drinking experience. On the other hand, the taste can come across as almost muted, especially when compared to some of the other products on our list.

However, there is a good deal of value to this blend. This is one of the most affordable options on our list, making it a good option for people who’ve been intimidated by the price tag of our last two coffees.

Pros
  • Affordable
  • Large quantity
  • Smooth drinking experience
Cons
  • Some people may feel that the flavors are muted

5. Blue Horse 100% Kona Coffee Medium Roast Whole Beans

Farm-fresh: 100% Kona Coffee, Medium Roast, Whole Beans, 1 Lb

Freshness is the guarantee of our fifth choice. Farm-fresh is a single-origin coffee farmed on a small estate in Hawaii. The beans are grown organically, collected by workers (who are paid a fair wage), and dried in the sun.

The purity of the process creates a truly unique flavor you won’t find anywhere else. The flavor is rich and smoky with spicy undertones that set the coffee apart from comparable products.

However, it’s important to note that the caffeine count is uncommonly low. If you are looking for a morning pick-me-up, this might not be it.

Pros
  • Unique spicy flavor
  • Organically grown
  • Single-origin beans
Cons
  • Unusually low caffeine count

6. Kona Kulana 100% Kona Coffee Dark Roast Beans

Kona Kulana Farms Estate Grown 100% Kona Coffee – Dark Roast

The Kona Kulana is an award-winning dark roast. This coffee features a low acidity, which makes the finished product taste balanced and smooth. This gives the natural flavors of the beans plenty of space to shine.

Astute tasters will notice hints of cinnamon, brown sugar, and even lavender. The overall drinking experience is extremely pleasant right up until the finish. However, there are two key exceptions. The aftertaste tends to come across as somewhat bitter, which compromises the overall drinking experience.

It also comes across as more acidic than some of the other coffees (which, incidentally, probably contributes to the bitterness in the first place).

Pros
  • Award-winning coffee
  • Low acidity
  • Balanced and smooth flavor
Cons
  • Bitter aftertaste

7. Cameron’s Light-Roast Kona Blend (Ground)

Cameron's Coffee Roasted Ground Coffee Bag, Kona Blend, 12 Ounce

You probably noticed that many of the options on this list are very expensive. Because of the way that Kona beans are grown and harvested, it can be hard to get a good deal, which is what makes the Cameron’s Coffee Bag such an enticing opportunity.

This affordable coffee is carefully roasted to maximize the taste factor in each reasonably priced cup. The carefully selected beans are roasted in a sustainable facility to reduce emissions.

The taste is not quite as sophisticated as some of the other options. However, you may be willing to forfeit a little complexity to enjoy a delicious, affordable product.

Pros
  • Great product
  • Sustainably produced
Cons
  • Unsophisticated taste

8. Landor Hawaiian Kona Coffee Light Roast Whole Bean

Hawaiian Kona Coffee, 1 Pound, Light Roast, Not a Blend

The Hawaiian Kona Coffee light roast is a subtle option for drinkers who appreciate an understated flavor. This is a whole bean product that brings a tremendous deal of freshness to every cup. The understated, alkaline-enhanced taste will be a welcome treat for buyers who shy away from more bitter coffees.

It’s a pretty decent coffee, but doesn’t do much to distinguish itself relative to the other options on our list. Though the taste is pleasant and fresh, the exorbitant price is cause for some concern. For the money you pay here, you can get a coffee with a little more to offer.

Pros
  • Very fresh
Cons
  • Pricey
  • Lacks value relative to the other options on our list

9. KonaRed Ground Dark-Roast Kona Blend Coffee

KonaRed Premium Hawaiian Kona Blend Coffee - Ground - Dark Roast

The KonaRed is a moderately priced option that buyers on a budget will be especially fond of. This coffee promotes a balanced, smooth drinking experience and features chocolatey caramel notes with a faint floral hint in the background. The sophisticated flavor combination is only made more appealing by the company’s commitment to eco production practices.

The beans are hand-roasted in small batches for a low environmental impact and a truly unique taste. While the coffee is slightly more acidic than we like to see, the overall experience is mostly very smooth. Note that this isn’t a particularly potent product. It won’t be a very good fit for people who like something with a strong taste and a tempting aroma.

Pros
  • Environmental
  • Ethical sourcing
  • Unique flavor profile
Cons
  • A little too acidic
  • Not very pronounced taste or aroma

10. Hawaii Roasters 100% Kona Coffee Medium Roast Whole Bean

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

We end things with an affordable coffee that can be easily bought in bulk. Unfortunately, though, the value offering is the biggest thing that Hawaii Roasters coffee has going for it.

Though not bad in its own right, this whole bean coffee simply doesn’t have the same level of sophistication and quality as the other options on our list. It’s great for buyers on a budget who want to stock up, but it won’t be for people who want a fresh taste, a unique flavor profile, or a delightfully aromatic smell that is pleasing to wake up to.

However, if you are okay with getting a rather plain coffee, this is a good option to consider.

Pros
  • Affordable
Cons
  • Lacks freshness relative to higher-end coffees
  • Not very aromatic
  • Doesn’t feature the high-end flavor profile of other coffees on this list

Buyer’s Guide

If you haven’t quite landed on a coffee yet, we have a few tips and tricks that may help the buying process go more smoothly.

Company Ethics

As buyers become increasingly aware of the environmental and humanitarian concerns that pertain to the world of coffee, fair-trade businesses become increasingly important.

While the aim of many companies is to produce as much coffee for as low a price as possible, some make ethics their priority. They do this both by harvesting the beans in a sustainable manner and by paying all their employees a fair, livable wage.

Shopping at fair trade companies tends to be pricey. The cost of their business operations is higher, and that cost is naturally passed on to the consumer. If you want to be a conscientious consumer, you will need to be willing to fork over a few extra dollars.

Bulk

The quantity of the coffee you buy has a big effect on its overall value. The bigger the bag, the better the price you will get per ounce.

It’s the same approach one might take to buying paper towels or any other household product, but with one critical catch: the more coffee you buy, the less likely it is you’ll get the chance to enjoy the beans while they’re fresh.

From the moment you open a bag of beans, you’re on a clock. Most experts feel that the freshness factor begins to decline sharply after one week. You can preserve the flavor somewhat by keeping the beans in a darkened, room temperature space, but even then, you are on a time limit.

Acidity

All coffee is acidic. It’s just a fact of the product. However, some beans are more so than others. For example, dark roast coffee features chemicals that balance out the pH level in your stomach, making the drink less harsh. Conversely, light and medium roast beans tend to be a little harder on those with sensitive digestion.

Brand Name

Coffee is a big brand business: Starbucks, Seattle’s Best, the list goes on and on. When it comes to big brand companies, you often pay more for the name. As you may have noticed on our list, you can find smaller manufacturers that provide delicious coffee at a much more manageable price.

Conclusion

Which of our Kona coffee reviews helped you make a final decision? The hope is always that you’ll know exactly what you want by this point, but when faced with ten great coffees, this is often easier said than done.

There are a couple of standout options on our list that should appeal widely to certain types of drinkers.

If you are the type of person who likes to treat themselves to a very high-end cup of coffee, you may favor our top choice, the Hawaiian Gold Kona Medium Roast Gourmet Blend.

There are also good choices for buyers on a budget. For example, the Landor Trading Co. Kona Coffee is a great combination of quality and affordability.

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