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Be sure to come up mauka (toward the mountain) to embark on a tour of Greenwell Farms and sample our award-winning 100% Kona Coffee. From coffee fields to coffee tastings, discover why Greenwell Farms was voted Hawaii's Best Farm Tour in 2021 & 2023 by Hawaii Magazine and has won the TripAdvisor Traveler's Choice Award 2021-2023.

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Greenwell Farms

81-6581 Mamalahoa Highway Kealakekua, Hawaii 96750

Free Guided Farm Tours

Inspired by the Napa Valley Wine Tour, we offer complimentary guided tours of our coffee farm and processing facilities daily from 9:00am-3:00pm. From seed to cup, guests are given an inside look at the history, farming and processing of coffee before sampling Greenwell Farms 100% Kona Coffee. Tours walk over unpaved, uneven terrain, with mild upslope and downslope. Unescorted viewing of the farm is prohibited. Tours last 45-60 minutes and coffee is available for sampling both before and after the tour. If your group is over 15 people, please contact us to arrange a Private Group Tour.

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9:00am, 10:00am, 10:30am, 11:00am, 11:30am, 12:00pm, 12:30pm, 1:00pm, 1:30pm, 2:00pm, 2:30pm, 3:00pm No reservations are required for free tours. Please arrive 10-15 minutes before your desired tour time.

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Meet Expert Farm Tour Guide

Our latest piece of equipment is called a laser optical sorter which uses laser technology to kick out the over-ripe or under-ripe cherries. Then, it will go through a soaking time and dry up on the decks. When this is done perfectly, it helps to assure that you get the best quality coffee that you can.

One of the really cool places on the farm is what we call old trees, or affectionately Grandmas trees. These 2 acres of coffee trees were planted between 1900 and 1903, that makes many of these trees, this year, a hundred and twenty years old.

My favorite spot on the farm is going to have to be right here down at the nursery. At any given moment we have twenty to forty thousand coffee plants getting their first roots, kind of their first steps.

A lot of people ask me, how do you make flavored coffee? It is done after roasting. We use a syrup to flavor the coffee. We mix it here and we put the ground or whole bean coffee here, turn it on, mix it up and then you have flavored coffee of your choice.

My favorite coffee here is the Private Reserve. It comes from a particular section of the farm where I am standing now. This coffee is perfectly balanced and softly flavorful. I love it!

One of my favorite places on the farm is where the coffee trees are, especially when they are in bloom. This is a coffee flower and its starts to grow early winter to spring. It has a very pleasant smell and this a time we call Kona snow.

One of my favorite places on the farm is the retail store. I get to welcome people from all over the world and share our amazing coffee with them and this beautiful background.

One of the most amazing things about the farm here is that we have fruit all year-round including oranges, papaya, apple banana, lychee and so many more things, including our favorite Kona Avocado trees.

Deluxe Tour and Tasting

If you are desirous of an intimate, exclusive farm experience, please consider our very popular Deluxe Tour & Tasting. This tour gives you a small group, seed-to-cup perspective into the world of 100% Kona Coffee with a dedicated guide. You will visit many places the free tour cannot go, including the cupping room (when available) the roasting room, the farm, wet mill, nursery and dry mill. The farm has multiple varieties of fruit trees, flowers and other commercially grown products that guests can experience on a seasonal basis. The farm tour is followed by a guided cupping experience (which is like a wine tasting for coffee) where guests are instructed on the SCA (Specialty Coffee Association) protocols for evaluating coffee. This experience will forever change the way you think about coffee and is described by many as a highlight of their stay. The Deluxe Tour & Tasting is semi private and limited to 6 guests. This tour cannot accommodate children under 12. The farm tour takes approximately 1+ hour, cupping about 30 minutes. Please arrange at least 2 hours for your complete experience. The Deluxe Tour & Tasting is offered at 9:30AM and 1:30PM Monday through Friday. $39.95 per person plus tax. (minimum 2 people) These tours sell out quickly and advance reservations are required. Please email [email protected] to secure your reservation.

The Art of Coffee: Manual Brewing Class

What's the point of buying really amazing coffee and not having the skills to get the best flavors from it? Sign up for our Art of Coffee: Manual Brewing Class and our highly trained staff will guide you through a Pour Over, French Press, AeroPress and Moka pot. You will learn the detailed variables, weight ratios and water temperatures to get the best flavors from your coffee. We will explore recipe variations and how each of these methods changes the final cup profile. Now that you are on vacation, take a breath and learn how to make your coffee really, really well. This experience will live with you for the rest of your life! You will also receive a brew manual to take home and continue your coffee journey. This class is limited to 6 participants and cannot accommodate children under 12. The class takes approximately 1 hour, and we will cover four methods of manual brewing. The Art of Coffee: Manual Brewing Class is offered at 9:30AM and 1:30PM Tuesday through Saturday. $39.95 per person plus tax. (minimum 2 people) To book a class please mail: [email protected]

Private Group Tours

Although groups of up to 14 can join our regular free tour as they like, many large families and groups want that deeper more intimate experience. The Private Group Tour is the same extended tour of the farm as the Deluxe Tour without the guided cupping. Guests will however be able to sample many different types of coffee at our tasting station. This tour can accommodate up to 48 people. Children under 5 are not counted in the totals. Tour Drivers and Conductors are also not charged. The Private Group Tour is customizable to your group’s needs so please discuss scheduling and the needs of your specific group by email [email protected] Private Group Tour 1-10 Guests - $120 per group + tax 11-30 Guests - $11 per person + tax 31-48 Guest - $9 per person + tax

The Best Part of Greenwell Farms Tours?

The Retail Store! Before or after your tour, you can browse products from Greenwell Farms, including 100% Kona Coffee, souvenirs & gifts, specialty food & beverage, coffee accessories and fresh, seasonal produce from the farm. RETAIL HOURS: 8:30am-5:00pm daily COFFEE TASTING HOURS: 8:30am-3:30pm daily

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What Our Guests Are Saying

This was by far our favorite coffee tour on the island. Matt was an incredibly knowledgeable and friendly tour guide around the field. It was also free which was really cool. We learned about the history of Greenwell, and coffee cultivation in general. We were able to taste test a number of delicious blends and took a bunch home. Highly recommend visiting this farm!

If you love coffee and want to learn what makes Kona Coffee special, then this is the place to come. This coffee farm began in 1850 and they provide a wonderful, informative tour. Tastings of their coffees are available. The kona coffee belt area is a unique mixture of ocean breezes and cool mountain mist that makes this coffee one of a kind. We have tasted many different Kona coffees and Greenwell’s is our favorite! Enjoy the tour of this outstanding coffee farm and don’t forget to pick up a bag or two for home!

We visited the farm earlier this week & the staff was very friendly. They greet everyone & make sure that you are aware of all of the coffee samples and when the next tour will start. I would definitely recommend visiting their farm. They were very pleasant & the coffee was good. You will learn a lot during the tour.

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The Best Kona Coffee Tours

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The Best Kona Coffee Tours of 2023

  • Best Overall Tour: Hula Daddy
  • Best Original Tour: Greenwell Farms
  • Best ATV Tour: Buddha’s Cup
  • Most Unique Tour: Kona Joe Coffee Farm

Best Overall Tour : Hula Daddy

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A charming house with a small patio and rocking chairs is the first impression visitors receive of Hula Daddy Kona Coffee farm. The guides that operate here are particularly passionate about the land surrounding Kona, taking pride in picking only the ripest berries from the coffee trees. The care and time put into the plantation are obvious, and the guides explain the meticulous process from start to finish.

For $35, the amount of information and attention to detail is second to none. Reviews across the internet rave about the ability each guide has in teaching the visitors about the coffee. Besides, the fact that the majority of berries are hand-picked in comparison to the "big name" coffee companies which pick on-mass, regardless of ripeness is encouraging.

Best Original Tour : Greenwell Farms

Founded in 1850 by Henry Nicholas Greenwell, Greenwell Farms is one of the largest producers of coffee on the Hawaiian Islands . The family-run company maintains coffee orchards on 85 acres and controls and manages another 60 acres of coffee for other landowners.

Greenwell Farms Coffee thrills visitors via a walking tour of the coffee fields and processing facilities, as well as the ability to see a working Hawaiian farm. Like many farms across the Kona area, Greenwell offers free samples of various 100 percent Kona Coffee products. Depending upon the season, it is possible to learn about each stage of production of Kona Coffee. Greenwell Farms offers complimentary farm tours every day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Best ATV Tour : Buddha’s Cup

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Arrive at the Buddha’s Cup Sanctuary and hop aboard an ATV to experience a great host of coffee-related sights. Pick fresh fruit throughout the sanctuary and return to the shop to sample a hoard of tasters, as well as edible treats, including cakes and fruits. For $35, the ATV tour is a must-do while in Kona.

A plantation of macadamia trees is the highlight for many who visit Buddha’s Cup, and a ripe nut is always a pleasant surprise. Staff is extremely knowledgeable about the sanctuary as well as the biodiversity of the island.

Most Unique Tour : Kona Joe Coffee Farm

Kona Joe is not only a farm with breathtaking views, but it was also the world’s first trellised coffee plantation, using similar techniques as winemakers in their vineyards. Kona Joe is, in addition, the only Kona Coffee Farm where you can see the entire process from planting to brewing, including their famous roasting and tasting room. 

Kona Joe has a myriad of tour choices, the Standard Guided Tour includes a full cup of 100% Kona coffee and a unique souvenir coffee mug to take home with you. Tours are offered daily from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Prices range from free to $549 for the ‘Ultimate Kona Joe Tour and Roasting’ which includes six pounds of coffee and a two-hour tour. 

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Looking for a more caffeinated taste of the Big Island? We waded through its more than 630 coffee farms to bring you the seven best tours the Big Island has to offer. This world-renowned coffee can be an elusive find outside of the island chain, so be sure to follow your coffee bean bliss to one (or more!) of the plantation destinations below.

Not a coffee connoisseur? These farm tours offer plenty of aloha for coffee aficionados, coffee-prohibited kiddos, and everyone in between!

Map of the Best Big Island Coffee Farm Tours

Hala Tree Coffee

This farm offers free one-hour tours of its coffee tree plantation (certified USDA organic!) and surrounding acreage on the sunny hills of Kona.

Hala Tree Coffee takes care to tailor its tours to the day’s conditions, ensuring the most memorable, comfortable, and informational experience possible. Depending on the season you may see coffee blooms or coffee cherries (green, red, or both!). The sights only improve during the tour’s conclusion: a tasting under a pergola with stunning ocean views. Be sure to take-in your scenic surroundings with Hala Tree Coffee’s award-winning coffees and teas during this delightful stop in Kona Coffee Country.

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Fast Facts:

  • Tour price: Free
  • Tour hours: Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm (last tour starts at 3pm)
  • Reservation required? Yes
  • Book online

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In addition to a punny name, Kona Joe’s serves up one mean cup of coffee. This plantation’s namesake is also a partial owner of a Californian winery, and it definitely shows!

Each of the plantation’s coffee trees are trained to grow along the wires of an intricate trellis system, creating the rows and rows of this coffee bean “vineyard.” But Joe’s wine-making influence does not stop there. Rather than observation alone, he utilizes state-of-the-art technology to monitor the coffee cherries pH level, sugar concentration, and titratable acid content. By these metrics, the plantation’s scientific team determines the optimal maturity for the bean and the perfect time for its harvest.

This plantation offers something for everyone with a large breadth of tour options from a free self-guided tour to the interactive “Ultimate Tour.” Plan a visit to see if you can taste the difference in this cup of Joe!

Fast facts:  Self-guided Tour: Free, offered daily, on demand, between 8am to 3pm Standard Guided Tour: $20, offered daily at 9am, 11am and 1pm No reservation required

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Sunshower Farms

A venture a little further off the beaten path (and a little farther up the mountain) will be well-rewarded with this Sunshower Farms spectacular views and intimate setting. The tour’s length is a bit longer (1.5 to 2 hrs) and its content more technical, so the kids will most likely prefer to stay beachside for this excursion. However, if you are looking for an informational experience that leans far more towards the ‘intimate’ than the ‘touristy’, this family-owned farm is for you.

Each tour begins with a short walk through the orchard (and an introduction to its resident sheep), and concludes with a “coffee cupping experience,” hosted by Kate, Sunshower Farms owner and coffee roaster. The strict brewing protocols required for a “cupping” to enhance the coffee’s taste and aroma set it apart from a standard tasting, and will make you feel like a certified Q grader (professional coffee taster)!

Fast facts: Tour price: $30 How to book: Book directly through their website .

Coffee tasting is kid-friendly, but if you’re looking for more things to do with kids, check out 12 epic things to do in Kona with kids .

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Monarch Coffee

When Monarch Coffee calls themselves an ‘Ohana’ (family) operation, they mean it. This multi-generational family of coffee growers began on a modest two-acre plot on Maui before growing into their Kona property, tucked into the hills above Holualoa. 

Monarch imported the seeds of their “Gesha” (not “Geisha!”) coffee trees themselves in 2010, and boy are we thankful they did. Though only on their fourth Gesha harvest, their coffee has already won Grand Champion First Place at the State of Hawaii Cupping Competition, among several other accolades.

If you and your keiki (kids) find yourselves at the farm on a Wednesday at 2pm, The Keiki Farm Walk is a must. During a short walk through the farm, your keiki can learn about a happy, healthy ecosystem and the important role of pollinators before tasting fresh fruit, and participating in a craft project. Whether it’s an egg crate caterpillar or planted milkweed, each project certainly makes for a unique souvenir to take home!

  • Walking Estate Tour: $25; 10am to 3pm every hour, Tuesday-Thursday; 1 hour long; 17 and under are free
  • Estate Tasting Tour: $75; 10am and 12pm; 2 hours long (limit 4 guests, 18 years or older)
  • Keiki Farm Walk: $10; Weds at 2pm; 45 minutes
  • For reservations, book here

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Kona Coffee Living History Farm

The Kona Coffee Living History Farm certainly lives up to its name. On this family-friendly farm, early Kona coffee history springs to life with costumed interpreters, a preserved 1920’s farmhouse, and demonstrations of traditional agricultural crafts, activities, and more!

The farm, homesteaded by the Uchida family in the early 20th century, recreates the daily domestic life of the Japanese-immigrant family. Upon entering the original farmhouse (and removing your shoes) you may find a homemaker starting a fire on a traditional open-hearth stove, or making musubi for the farmer’s lunch. Outside, visitors can learn to farm coffee just as the Uchida family did. From picking the fruit, processing in the kuriba (mill), and drying on the hoshidana (drying platform), guests learn the techniques and stories of Kona’s earliest coffee pioneers from the farm’s living history interpreters.

Afterwards, you can explore the gardens, visit the chickens, and meet Shizu and Charlie Boy, the farm’s resident donkeys and verified ‘Kona Nightingales.’ And if you find yourself missing Shizu and Charlie Boy after your visit, you can tune into the Kona Historical Society’s “Story Time” here to see a member of the society’s team read stories to the beloved Kona Nightingales!

Fast facts:

  • $20 per Adult, $15 if Hawaii Resident
  • $10 per Student (ages 7 to 17), $5 if Hawaii Resident
  • Entry is free for children under 7

Please note: the farm is closed in June for a local youth summer camp

All proceeds go directly to the Society’s educational programs and preservation projects.

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Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation

If a standard tour and tasting is not your cup of Kona tea, a family trip up the (volcanic) mountainside to Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation is in order.

Mountain Thunder stands apart from the standard plantation tour, and not just because of the elevation. Located in a Cloud Forest (the only one in the US!), with Lava Tubes to boot, it is easy to forget that they are also the closest coffee farm to the Waikoloa resort area. You can even make a day out of it by visiting the neighboring Kona Cloud Forest Sanctuary!

The standard walking tour is free, if only 20 minutes. However, they are offered every half hour from 9:30am until 3:30pm, everyday, and groups under 10 do not need a reservation. Additionally, the walking tours are wheelchair friendly and available rain or shine.

For an additional $10 per family, you can explore Mountain Thunder’s Nature Trail with the  Self-Guided Lava Tube & Nature Walk. The fee includes a guidebook that highlights points of interest along the trail along with stories of Hawaiian culture, history, and geology. The hike takes around 20 minutes, but you are welcome to stay as long as you like if you are hoping to catch a peek at some local wildlife indigenous to this unique ecosystem. Chameleons, butterflies, and cockatoos are the most likely sightings. However, the endangered Hawaiian Hawk is also about, so keep a sharp eye.

If you are looking for a lengthier tour with a bit more umph , a 1.5 hr ATV tour is available for up to five people at a rate of $125.

Remember to pack your lunch for this outing, there are no snacks or lunches for sale. Picnic space can be found in the gift shop area or down the Nature Trail at the observation deck, though it is limited.

  • Pack a lunch! No food or snacks are available.
  • Walking Tour (20 min, free; no reservations required)
  • Self-Guided Lava Tube & Nature Walk (20 min, $10 per family; no reservations required)
  • ATV Tour (1.5 hrs, up to 5 people, $125; reservations recommended)
  • Roast Master Experience (2 hrs, up to 6 people, $325; reservations required)
  • Visit Mountain Thunder’s website to learn more or book a reservation.

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Heavenly Hawaiian Farms

Though Heavenly Hawaiian Farms coffee and snacks are delicious enough to border on the ethereal, the true standout is the exceptionally knowledgeable and welcoming tour guides who make every visitor feel like Ohana. And if you are also looking for a pool, tables with an incredible view, homemade honey, and a farm side coffee bar, they have that too…

The Konalani Coffee Bar offers pour overs, cold brew, Italian sodas(!), and of course, 100% Kona Coffee. Heavenly Hawaiian beans can lean to the more expensive side of Kona coffee, but the farm’s flexible hours (the one-hour coffee tour is available Monday through Saturday from 9:15am to 4pm), incredible tour guides, and delicious offerings make it a fantastic stop on your trip through Kona country.

If you are looking to curate a milestone ( eh hem … proposal) or don’t mind breaking the bank on a memorable morning (pricing starts at $750), Heavenly Hawaii recently teamed up with Malama Luxury Picnics to create a ‘Luxury Coffee Picnic.’ Each customized picnic includes a luxury set up, charcuterie breakfast, Heavenly Hawaiian cold and fresh brewed coffee, take home gifts, and more.

  • Paniolo Roasting (45 minutes, Ages 13+, $40)
  • Coffee Tour (1 hr, All ages, $12)
  • Paint & Sip (1.5 hr, Ages 10+, $70)
  • Brew Your Best Cup Workshop (1.5 hrs, Ages 13+, $55)

All available times and dates for your tour can be found on Heavenly Hawaiian’s website under ‘Farm Tours.’

Interested in other farm tours? We have you covered with the best Big Island Farm Tours you won’t want to miss. The first one on the list was surprisingly my favorite.

Other Big Island coffee questions?

Why not just say kona coffee.

Kona is just one of the Big Island’s four coffee regions (Kona, Hamakua, Puna, Ka’u). Each boasts a unique microclimate with its own specific conditions for the cultivation of the Big Island’s many distinct varieties of coffee bean.

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What makes Hawaii coffee tastings so special?

Hawaii is one of two US states that grow coffee , and many other international growing locations only produce for export. This makes Hawaii one of the only places in the world where you can experience your coffee from cultivation to cup, all in one idyllic setting.

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What is ‘Kona Snow?’

As you may have guessed, it is not snow, snow. During the months of February and March, small white flowers bloom on the coffee trees, in preparation for the creation of their coffee cherries. These small blossoms blanket the Kona hillsides with a fragrant and beautiful “snow.”

What is a ‘Cloud Forest?’

A cloud forest is a rare ecosystem unique to montane (mountain) rainforests of high elevation. A cloud forest receives its water not only from rainfall, but from a heavy condensation, or “mist” that can be so thick you feel like you are in a cloud, literally. The tropical cloud forest in Kona Country is the only one located within the United States, so be sure to see it for yourself if you have the opportunity!

Why are there so many sheep?

Seeing more than your fair share of sheep on your coffee excursion? Sheep love to eat the weeds found on plantations, but not the coffee plant, making them a staple of Big Island Coffee farms.

Why do they call donkeys “Kona Nightingales?”

The Kona nightingale is a particularly vocal breed of donkey found in the Kailua-Kona region of the Big Island. Originally brought to the area to work the land, they quickly became beloved pets. However, families could often only afford one donkey. When the family would retire for the evening, the singular donkey would grow lonely and begin to bray (a distinctive loud cry). The sound would carry to other donkeys on neighboring farms, who would answer in turn. Through this night time “singing” the donkeys earned the nickname “Kona nightingale,” after the nocturnal songbird.

When is the Kona coffee season?

The Kona coffee tours run year-round. Harvest generally takes place from August to December. This is when you can see the pulper (the machine that extracts the coffee bean from the pulp) in action. Kona snow is another memorable season, particularly visually, which takes place during the months of February and March.

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Our Top 5 Coffee Farms to Visit in Kailua-Kona, Hawaiʻi

  • February 3, 2020

We’re proud of our coffee bean-growing heritage here in Hawaii, and the locals in Kailua-Kona all have their favorite go-to sports for their regular caffeine fix. For some, it’s the aroma or the smooth finish that makes the flavor unique. For others, it’s the region-specific location – a little like Champagne in France. Either way, there’s something extra special about drinking coffee on the very farm where the beans were grown, harvested, and roasted.   

If you’re looking for the best places to enjoy your Hawaiian caffeine buzz, here are our top 5 coffee farms to visit in Kailua-Kona.  

Mountain Thunder Coffee 

Sitting high above the competition in both altitude and quality, Mountain Thunder Coffee is our No. 1! This plantation sits a dizzying 3,200 feet or 975 meters above sea level in the moist, sub-tropical cloud forest of Hualalai – the ideal place to grow the perfect coffee bean. At the entrance you’ll be greeted by ducks, chickens, dogs, or maybe the resident cat if she isn’t napping… There’s a farm tour that covers it all, an incredible retail store, and even a donkey on site. They have also perfected teas as well if coffee isn’t your thing. This is an ideal stop for coffee-loving families to spend the morning and experience a place unlike any other.  

Bay View Farm Coffee 

Bay View Farm’s coffee beans are grown on the slopes of Hualalai and Mauna Loa, in the north and south Kona Districts of the Big Island. Here, the combination of sunny mornings, cloudy afternoons, and mineral rich volcanic soils produces one of the best coffees on the island. Bay View Farm also offers some of the finest views along the Kona coastline anywhere in the coffee-growing region.  

Kona Joe Coffee 

Here’s something new: trellis-grown coffee! The central-Californian farmers at Kona Joe Coffee may have figured out the perfect new way to grow and harvest the humble coffee bean. By exposing the cherries to more sunlight, they believe that the beans will be more flavorful – and result in a better coffee. It’s tough to argue with that; this coffee is so good! Located in South Kona, this is a great place to visit for one of Kailua-Kona’s finest brews.   

Hula Daddy 

Hula Daddy is simply one of the best coffee farms to visit along the coffee belt road in Holualoa, and many of the high-end hotels here recommend a visit. From the moment you enter, you’re greeted by warm, knowledgeable, and friendly staff. The views and décor make a visit here special, and the coffee is superb.  

Greenwell Farms 

For its rich history, insightful tours, and impeccable service , Greenwell Farms is the gold standard in Hawaii . Greenwell is the most-trusted name in the Kailua-Kona coffee farm business, and everyone in the region knows them. Their farm tours are amazing as they explain the history of coffee, show you how the cherry grows, and take you through the roasting process. There are plenty of samples for you to try, and their service is second-to-none. Greenwell is our go-to coffee farm in South Kona.  

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