Farming &
Growing Practices

We have developed Best Farming Practices Standards that we employ on our farm. All farmers participating in the Kona Hills, coffee trading program will be held to the same standard and are expected to exercise best farming practice efforts to improve the yield and quality of their coffee. These standards are based on best farming practices and are designed to help our preferred farmers produce the best sustainable quality arabica coffee possible, and are outlined below:

Quality & Consistency

  • High quality washed Kona green bean – Prime to Extra Fancy grade with an excellent cup, demonstrating traditional Kona flavor profile and characteristics – excellent aroma, clean, flavorful, low acidity, medium to heavy body/texture and well balanced
  • Zero to minimal defects, good even color and consistent bean size.
  • Kona Hills representatives may conduct field visits to each farm from time to time and take samples of cherry for analysis prior to agreeing to purchase. Farmers will cooperate in this quality control and assessment effort

Social & Employees

  • All farm/grower employees will be documented, will be treated well and will be paid no less than minimum wage as set by the State of Hawaii and the US Department of Labor, including benefits. The goal is to pay farm workers a fair wage that will support workers families. Farms are solely responsible for the payment of all wages and taxes of employees and independent contractors
  • All OSHA and state Department of Health regulations will be complied with to protect workers from workplace hazards

Land & Soil

  • All coffee land will be cared for and maintained under best farming practices standards so that the farm is sustainable and able to produce quality coffee for many years
  • Farm management practices should effectively control soil erosion, and enhance soil structure and fertility using approved fertilizers, cover crops, mulch and compost to enrich the soil

Process & Environment

  • Coffee growing and processing should contribute to the conservation and health of the soil, water and wildlife
  • The farmer should employ efficient and renewable energy technologies where appropriate and feasible
  • The farmer should minimize application of agrochemicals to the greatest extent possible but still maintain the health and productivity of the coffee tree, when feasible. Alternative natural fertilizing techniques should be explored, when feasible
  • Processing cherry, coffee waste solids and liquids from wet and dry mill processing should be managed carefully and efficiently, to prevent soil erosion and contamination, and to enable recycling of those waste products, especially water, when feasible. The farmer should strive to minimize water usage during the pulping and wet mill process
  • The farmer should exercise best practices to prevent pollution of surface water and groundwater
  • The farmer should protect the surrounding natural environment, including forests and biodiversity
  • The farmer should limit the application of pesticides to what is needed to eliminate or control pests and tree disease, to the extent necessary for production of quality coffee

Trading & Distribution

  • Kona Hills will make its decision to buy or reject coffee offered based on the objective considerations above as well its own subjective assessment of the coffee, at its sole discretion
  • Pricing will be set/adjusted by Kona Hills from time to time, at its sole discretion. Quantities of coffee to be purchased from each farm will also be determined by Kona Hills, at its sole discretion. The goal is to purchase quality cherry, parchment or green beans at a fair price

The Farming Group

Kona Hills owns approximately 1,400 acres on the historical Hokukano Ranch, which will be planted with common and exotic varietals beginning August 2017. With elevation up to 3,000 feet, we believe our farming practices, and dedicated farm and nursery teams, will bring a new quality standard to Kona world class coffee

The Trading Group

Kona Hills Trading Group will purchase cherry, parchment and green coffee from local Kona farmers. We will sell the coffee under a trading label through existing commercial relationships. Our commitment to growers includes paying growers a fair price in a timely manner and offering multiple buying station locations for drop off

Independent
Contractors

Kona Hills looks forward to many strong and long-term farmer relationships. Working together, we can improve the quality of our world-famous Kona coffee, improve the quality of life for many farmers and move Kona forward with a new vision. Thank you for sharing our vision.

Farms and farmers are independent contractors of Kona Hills and are not employees, agents or partners of Kona Hills, LLC. Farmers are solely responsible for their farm operations.