Koa Coffee Plantation is a grower and processor of Kona coffee on Hawaiʻi island, United States.
The company was established on the western slopes of Mauna Loa in Captain Cook, Hawaii by Marin Artukovich in 1997, at 19°29′33″N 155°53′32″W / 19.4925°N 155.89222°W / 19.4925; -155.89222Coordinates: 19°29′33″N 155°53′32″W / 19.4925°N 155.89222°W / 19.4925; -155.89222. It began as a small backyard business only producing 38,000 pounds (17,000 kg) of coffee in its first year. Coffee production nearly doubled every year to reach 2010 production of over 700,000 pounds (320,000 kg). In 2007, Artukovich sold most of the assets of the company to Kona's Best Natural Coffee. KNBC does business as Koa Coffee Plantation.
The Koa Coffee plantation produces and sells only hand picked 100% estate Kona coffee, including organic Kona coffee and a heritage blend (Grande Domaine Kona) harvested from trees dating back to 1918. The plantation uses a wet mill facility from Colombia, a dry mill from Brazil and maintains temperature and humidity control in their green bean storage facility.
Koa Plantation was named by Forbes as America's best coffee in 2001, won the Pacific Coast Coffee Association Coffee of the Year Award in 2004 and Gevalia Cup in 2002. The Koa Coffee Plantation is also a member of the Specialty Coffee Association of America, the Kona Coffee Council and the Hawaii Coffee Association.
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