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Make Your Own Kona Coffee Blend
Kona coffee is grown in the Kona region of Hawaii, in Hualalai and Mauna Loa.
It has a characteristic smooth taste and low acidity. Grown in a very limited region, its rarity makes it expensive.
Also, it's grown in the United States, which means workers on Kona farms get U.S. wages, so you pay U.S. prices for it. But devotees believe it's worth every penny.
To reduce the price, many coffee companies offer some type of Kona coffee blend.
Some combine Kona with high-quality but less expensive types.
There's confusion and controversy over how much Kona has to be included in order to be a true Kona coffee blend.
Even some good blends contain as little as 10% Kona.
For this reason, as well as for reasons of personal taste and preference, devotees are encouraged to create their own Kona coffee blend.
To create a Kona coffee blend, you will need to know something about the many different kinds of coffees and their characteristic tastes.
Some coffees taste much better in a Kona coffee blend than others. Coffees vary widely in taste. Roasting and grinding also affect taste.
Devotees speak of coffees as nutty, smoky, chocolatey, even winey. When they describe an "acid" coffee they are talking about a fresh, clear taste. Coffee should never taste sour -- it's usually a sign of bad processing.
If there is a good locally-owned coffee shop in your area, go there and try everything they have, and decide which ones you like.
You might be able to buy sample packs and making experimental Kona coffee blend at home. The coffee shop may even give advice on how to make your own blends.
Combine whole bean coffees, then store the whole beans in the freezer, grinding just before brewing for maximum freshness.
Several companies exist on line dedicated to informing the public about the hundreds of coffees, blends, and roasts available.
Try the Roasterie -- they have a service which allows you to create your own blends on line.
You can create and enjoy your own signature Kona coffee blend, and share it with family and friends.