FAQ

Organic, Estate-Grown, 100% Kona Coffee

Rancho Aloha’s rich and mellow coffee is grown on the slopes of the Hualalai volcano, just above the Kona coastline on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Our coffee is organically grown, picked by hand, and dried in the sun. Gentle farming techniques combine with the abundant rainfall, rich volcanic soils, and a natural afternoon cloud cover unique to the Kona coastline to produce a rich and mellow bean.

We often receive questions from our customers as to what makes Rancho Aloha coffee so special; please see below for our answers to some of those questions.

About our coffee

What is 100% Kona coffee?

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100% Kona coffee is coffee grown exclusively in the districts of North and South Kona on the Big Island of Hawai’i.

Be aware that many coffees labeled “Kona” or “Kona Blend” contain almost no Kona beans at all. Unlike blended Scotch, which is a mixture of several Scotch whiskies, Kona blends usually consist of 10% or less Kona, the rest being lower quality coffee of uncertain origin.

100% Kona is the real thing — not a component of a “mystery blend.”

What is estate-grown coffee?

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Estate coffee is coffee sourced from a single farm and carefully nurtured by the grower. Tenderly pampered, this special crop from a piece of land in a unique micro-climate will have its own taste profile.

What are the advantages of organic farming?

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Rancho Aloha coffee is an organic product, certified by International Certification Services, Inc. (ICS).

Organic growers do not use synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides. A rigorous inspection and certification process ensures that the customer receives the purest possible product. Organic farming promotes sustainable agriculture, not “chemical farming.”

Order & enjoy

What roasts are available?

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Rancho Aloha offer three distinct roasts:

1) our Medium Roast which was the first prize winner of the prestigious Gevalia Kona Coffee Cupping contest, 2) a mellow Medium-Dark Roast, and 3) a dark, Ebony Roast which is our newest roast and increasingly popular among our customers. 

For optimal freshness, all our roasted coffee is packaged and shipped as whole beans.

Is "green" coffee available?

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Yes, green coffee is also available in one, two, five and ten pound quantities.

Green coffee consists of coffee beans which have been harvested, dried, and hulled. They are jade green in color and ready for roasting.

Many coffee connoisseurs prefer to purchase green beans to roast themselves for the freshest custom brew.

How should I brew my Rancho Aloha coffee?

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While there are many ways to prepare your Rancho Aloha coffee, our preferred method is the French press.

A French press filters the brew directly through a metal screen, which means the essential oils found in the grounds are not absorbed by filters or evaporated. Instead, they remain in the brew and result in a stronger, richer coffee with a more aromatic flavor.

To prepare, coarsely grind your whole bean coffee and steeped for three to four minutes. A little experimentation will help you determine the amount of coffee to use, generally with a 1:12 coffee-to-water ratio. Filtered water is preferred and for best results remember to grind the coffee just before brewing.

For more detailed instructions on French press — as well as preparation guides for other methods including AeroPress, espresso, and pour over — we love this guide by our friends at Blue Bottle Coffee.

What is the best way to store 100% Kona Coffee?

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Rancho Aloha coffee is packaged in sealed foil bags which have a one-way valve, allowing gasses to escape but preventing air from entering.

Once the bag is opened, keep beans in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. We do not recommending storing coffee in the freezer or refrigerator as this will expose it to condensation (moisture and air combine to damage freshness and aroma).

Shipping

How will I get my Rancho Aloha coffee order?

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We ship our coffee direct from our farm to you via USPS Priority Mail. Delivery time to the US mainland is typically 2-3 days.

Can I order Rancho Aloha coffee to a non-US address?

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Yes! For all non-US purchases, please email us to let us know the coffee quantity you are interested in and we will get back to you with the shipping price.

General

Other than coffee, what else is grown at Rancho Aloha?

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Yes! In addition to coffee we also produce Sharwil avocado and various tropical fruits and citrus including banana, meyer lemons, lulo, starfruit, and lilikoi.

While not available for sale on our website you can shop for all Rancho Aloha produce (as in season) at our booth the Saturday Keauhou Farmers Market.

Can I find Rancho Aloha at any Kona area farmers markets?

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Yes! We encourage you to visit our booth at the Keauhou Farmers Market which occurs every Saturday from 8am to 12 noon.

Is it possible to tour Rancho Aloha?

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Yes! We encourage you to reach out when you next visit the Big Island to arrange for a Rancho Aloha farm tour

Please note that tours are by appointment only.

You can read reviews of the experience of a few of our visitors in these Yelp reviews.

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