Our Kona True Coffee Estate
Kona True is a traditional, family farm. Our family-owned and family-operated farm is on the Big Island of Hawaii, in the Kona Coffee belt. Our business is Kona coffee. It is hard work, but we love it. Bill is our master roaster, and we do everything from planting the trees to packaging the coffee.
Our Mission: To make a delicious cup of coffee and beautiful planet.
What We Grow
For our customers we grow Kona coffee to sell, and we are constantly adding new coffee trees, which we grow from seeds.
For our family and friends to eat and enjoy:
- Our orchard started with mangoes, macadamia nuts, coconut, papaya, avocados, breadfruit, guava, noni, two kinds of oranges, and aloe.
- We’ve added Meyer lemons, limes, black pepper, Hawaiian chili peppers, jalapenos, tomatoes, basil (thai, sweet, globe, and purple), oregano, lemon grass, galangal, ginger, turmeric, miracle berry, pineapple, star fruit, lilikoi, dragon fruit, kefir limes, pink lemons, and even more papayas.
- We planted cocoa tree and we’re anxiously awaiting our first crop.
- We planted and lost our lulo (also called naranjilla). We will replant this prickly plant, because it made a terrific drink. We tried cilantro, artichoke, and asparagus, but without success.
- We added lots of ornamental flowers and plants to make us smile, and keep the bees happy.
- We still want to grow longan, although we’ve been told they don’t fruit well at our elevation.
If you have any suggestions that you’d like to see us try next, let us know.
Our Kona True Free Time
When we are not farming and roasting, we appreciate roaming our wondrous island. Our favorite adventure is snorkeling in the Hawaiian waters of the Pacific Ocean. We video and photograph the animals that live here. We enjoy sharing the experience.
Before becoming Kona coffee farmers, we had more time to travel, write, take photos, and make videos (all things we love to do). We share some of that on Travel Gravy, which is our blog about our travels. You’ll also find some of Bill’s videos there, on the Kona True Facebook page, and a few on our Kona True YouTube channel.
Our Journey to Kona True
The story is about the long journey which brought us from Texas to Hawaii is chronicled in Engel’s story “Water Child.”