|CERTIFIED ORGANIC KONA COFFEE ESTATES
About Organic Kona Coffee. On the west side of the Hawaii Island there are about 650 Kona coffee estates. Most of these 3 - 5 acre farms have been passed down through generations, where coffee is still grown as it always has been - traditionally. Over twenty years ago the status quo began to change. New owners changed to growing Kona coffee organically, complying with the strict rules of certifying agencies. Organic farmers cannot spray weeds or throw synthetic fertilizers. Instead they mow, whack and pull the weeds and use expensive, hard-to-find organic fertilizers.
Today there are around 60 Certified Organic Kona Coffee Estates. We have found several top organic growers to partner with us. They know that we will coax the very best flavors out of every bean with our careful, tightly controlled pulping, sun-drying, and roasting processes.
Growing Kona coffee organically benefits the environment and coffee experts are finding that it tastes better too. Consider this - in seven out of the past 10 years it’s been an organic estate that wins first place!
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|Benton Family Farm - Certified Organic by International Certification Services, Inc.
Lori and Tom Benton holding rich soil
created through organic practices
3 generations of coffee farmers
AVAILABILITY. Both ROASTED & GREEN are currently in stock (March 2015)
This 12 acre lush estate, our newest organic farm, was purchased by Tom and Lori Benton in 1975, 40 years ago. It is located, at an elevation of 2,000 ft. in South Kona, about a one-mile drive up from Mamalahoa Hwy. Like most land here in Kona, the rocky lava rocks and jungle had to be bulldozed. Three years later 250 Sharwil avocado trees were planted. Then, between 1995 to 2000 a total of 3,000 coffee trees were planted, patch by patch, among the avocado trees which provide natural shade.Three neighborhood farms have won cupping contests. Over 6 inches of soil has been created through organic practices. The entire 12 acres is Certified Organic by ICS (International Certification Services Inc). Tom takes care of the farm, including picking, fertilizing, drying and parchment skin removal, wholesale supply and Lori manages the retail business. Most importantly grown on the farm are our 5 kids and now 8 grandkids making us a 3 generation family farm of helping hands.
A classic Kona in every way. Cupper Gus (Head Bean) described this coffee’s flavor as full of chocolate with tones of sweet red berries and apricots. It’s full bodied, well balanced, with an aroma and fragrance of chocolate and berries and a lingering butter finish. Smooth, without being tarnished by acidic or bitter notes.
These beans are very fresh. Each bean is dark (avocado) green, indicating proper parchment storage. Older green beans that have lost color (due to age, improper storage, moisture, and heat) have also lost flavor. This green contains a complete mix of size grades, just as the trees produce: Extra Fancy, Fancy, No. 1, Prime, and Peaberry.
Certified Organic by International Certification
AWARDED HIGH POINTS - Coffee Review Journal
John & Elisa Tolfree
Elisa enjoys beautiful trees.
Exotic flowers can be found throughout the estate.
AVAILABILITY. IN STOCK
This beautiful 6 acre coffee farm, located at 2000 ft., was purchased by John and Elisa Tolfree in 2000. They cleared the jungle and planted more coffee trees, so that today there are 3,000 manicured, certified organic (by the International Certification Services, Inc.) Coffee trees. Exotic fruits and flowers abound in patches weaving around the coffee trees. Most of the coffee trees are 80 to 100 years old. In a typical year they produce around 10,000 lbs. of dark red cherries (which yields around 1400 roasted lbs).
COFFEE REVIEW BLIND CUPPING ASSESSMENT
Founded by Kenneth Davids, www.coffeereview.com and the Coffee Review Journal (highly esteemed), invites Farmers and Coffee Houses to submit roasted coffee for cupping. We are very proud that Tolfree Estate placed 93 (in a range of 70 - 100 Kona Coffees) in August 2013.
Here’s what the judges said:
"this estate's coffee is delicate but intense. Roundly and sweetly pungent in aroma and cup: dark chocolate, hazelnut, fresh-cut fir, apricot-like fruit. Gentle but lyrically lively acidity; smooth mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a lightly drying finish. Seductive, silky softness of the best Konas."
Kona Old Style
(Kuaiwi Farm) - Certified Organic by International Certification
Kona’s ONLY 2 x FIRST PLACE WINNER!
Gevalia 1st Place 2007, HCA 1st Place 2010, Gevalia 2nd 2008, Gevalia Finalist 2009
Una Greenaway, Leon Rosner
Gus, Una, Cynthia at 2007 Cupping
AVAILABILITY. At last, this special estate is back IN STOCK. The supply of green beans to roast is limited.
THE ESTATE. Una Greenaway and Leon Rosner have been growing and nurturing coffee at 2,000 ft. elevation, on their beautiful estate in Kealakekua since 1977. In 2007 they entered the Gevalia Cupping for the first time and took home 1st Place. A walk through this estate is a tropical dream with 1200 coffee trees, planted circa 1895, producing very large Kona coffee beans, thriving under the partial shade cover of Avocado, Mac Nut, Banana, Chocolate, Kukui Nut, and Koa trees.
CUPPING FROM THE GEVALIA JUDGES. When this estate was crowned 1st Place at the 2007 Gevalia Cupping Contest, one of the four professional judges, Sherri Johns, stated to the West Hawaii Today newspaper reporters
“This coffee has a subtle jasmine floral and sweet key-lime notes as if it had been dipped in honey. A lingering butter finish. A classic Kona with perfect balance, body, flavor and acidity that is not overwhelming so it can be enjoyed all day. Quintessential." We agree, this is truly one of the best we have ever tasted.
AWARDS. November 2007 Gevalia Cupping Contest. Rumors were spreading among the judges after the first’s days announcement of the Finalist (top 15) estates. “One estate cupped superior to all the others.” After re-cupping the Finalists on day two, the 1st Place Ribbon was awarded to Kona Old Style Estate, out of 60 competitors. In 2008, it placed 2nd , again out of 60 at the Gevalia contest. Most recently, in 2009, the Gevalia judges recognized this estate as a Finalist (Top 15).
HCA (Hawaii Coffee Association) Cupping Contest. The latest triumph came in July 2010 at the Hawaii Coffee Association (HCA) annual meeting. A different group of professional judges blind cupped the entrants from each Hawaiian Island - Kauai, Maui, Oahu, Kona, and the Kau District on the Big Island. Once again Kona Old style was awarded First Place, among the 25 Kona Estates entered.
BrocksenGate Estate, Honaunau - Certified Organic by International Certification Services Inc.
1st Place Gevalia Kona Coffee Cupping 1998, Finalist 1999, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2013
Coffee Farm Tours are available. See and learn about coffee trees, processing and roasting of your order. Call 800-366-0487 or 808-3282028 (on-island), or email for reservations and driving instructions.
Head Bean & Bean Marketing Gus and Cynthia
AVAILABILITY. Temporarily Out Of Stock.
Sorry, as of February 15, 2015, we are out of stock.. For the 2015 crop the trees first ‘round’ of flowering happened on January 1, 2015. That means coffee from BrocksenGate Estate will not be available until September 2015. In the meantime may we suggest that you order Tolfree Certified Estate instead. This estate has scored very high 93 out of 100 points in www.coffeereview.com among dozens of contestants.
This is Pele Plantations headquarters, purchased by Gus and Cynthia Brocksen in 1989. Here we weigh-in, pulp, sun-dry, and roast each of our family of estates. This is a Certified Organic Coffee Estate, certified by ICS (International Certification Services, Inc.) About 1500 Coffea Arabica Kona trees grow here as well as 150 Macadamia Trees. This estate, overlooking Kealakekua Bay, may have the best view in Kona. A flock of sheep wander around the Mac Nut trees to eat weeds and entertain folks on tour.
As posted in www.coffeereview.com by co-founder Kenneth Davids “this is a purists cup: big, authoritative, powerfully but sweetly acidy, complete. The (Pele) roast rounds the dry fruit tones toward chocolate but leaves the robustly rich acidity intact. 92 points (range from 70 to 100). Kenneth Davids, www.coffeereview.com
This estate has earned 1st Place in 1998 plus Finalist (top 15) in 1999, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2009, and 2013 at the Gevalia Kona Coffee Cupping Contests.
¹Kenneth Davids, www.coffeereview.com
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