Monthly Archives: March 2013

History of Kona Coffee in Hawaii

How did this ornamental tree imported into Honolulu in about 1813 by Kamehameha the Great's Spanish interpreter and physician Don Francisco de Paula y Marin become Kona's economic mainstay? The first coffee was planted in Kona by missionary Samuel Ruggles in 1828 or 1829. These first arabica trees were taken from cuttings planted on Oahu…
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25 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Coffee

Did You Know? 65 countries in the world grow coffee. They are all along the equator, within the tropics. Coffee is not grown anywhere in the United States except Puerto Rico and Hawaii. In 1675 Charles II, King of England issued a proclamation banning Coffee Houses. He said that they were places where people met…
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