Kona - Greenwell Farms Coffee Tour

Kona is synonymous with coffee so we took time out to tour Greenwell Coffee Farms on our way back from our kayaking tour.
Eight varieties of coffee were on offer including various roasts (medium, full city, dark) and flavors (macadamia nut and chocolate macadamia nut).
 Needless to say, we were soon as wired as our tour guide.  The cups were small but we were encouraged to sample again and again.
We started our tour, not with coffee beans, but with bananas.
The farm takes advantage of the fertile grounds to grow a variety of produce including several kinds of avocados.  They collect the fallen avocados each morning and give them away to grateful guests there early for a tour.
We soon made our way out into the coffee plantation and saw the beans growing in bunches.
Each flower (see the tip of the branch in the picture below) becomes a bean.  
We also toured the processing equipment and saw this old fella' hanging out lazily in the heat.
Kona coffee is pretty high maintenance.  The beans don't ripen all at the same time and they need to be handpicked.  The farmers know they are ready when they turn red.
The coffee is pulped and dried before roasting.
They even passed around samples.  It's amazing the amount of work that goes into creating a drink we take for granted everyday.  I definitely recommend stopping by for the samples and tour if you find yourself out Greenwell's way.

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