We appreciate our wonderful customers and want to share with you what they're saying about Hula Daddy Kona Coffee.
I love coffee, and while I'm largely ignorant of the process that brings it to my cup every day, I especially love Kona coffee. It was a dream come true to visit the region and learn from Karen and Laura about the prices of growing one of the highest rated coffee brands (not just Kona) in the world.
We did the tour, which is worth every penny, and learned about Karen's very intentional approach to growing the perfect Kona cherry. She and her team automate nothing. It's all laboriously driven by hand. That is amazing. It was also helpful to learn how this applies to the coffee growers and the means they use to create coffee en masse. Really... intentional might be the wrong word. Obsessive is probably more accurate.
After the tour, Laura, one of a handful of Coffee Q graders, allowed me to try the Red Bourbon variety and helped me better understand what flavors might better appeal to me in coffee. This is boutique coffee on a whole next level, so if you aren't interested in learning about the process or prepared to spend some serious money on beans, it's probably not for you. But my daughter, who isn't much of a true brewed coffee drinker, loved it and said it was really informative.
Fun tour at about 1500 feet, overlooking the Ocean, Beach and Kona area.
They fight off the goats and feral pigs and harvest some damn good coffee.
The ride up from the resort areas is fascinating in that we don't have roads at that angle in Illinois. Felt like we were going straight up at times
Recommended stop if you're on the Big Island.
It was a bit overwhelming to figure out what coffee farms to visit on the island, but thanks to the Reddit community we settled on visiting / buying from Hula Daddy Kona Coffee! We stopped by early in the morning to try some of their coffee and check out the beans. We didn't do a tour (we're pretty well versed in coffee farming/roasting), but we were able to enjoy a gorgeous view of the farm and the ocean in the background.
For tastings, we were able to try their Medium Roast Karen J Red Bourbon and their Dark Roast Karen J Red Bourbon Natural Process. It was our first time having a natural process coffee and despite being a dark roast... it was actually pretty fruit forward for a coffee. The medium roast was also good, not too harsh/burnt and well rounded for a coffee. You can enjoy the tastings on their front deck (they have rocking chairs) but we were allowed to enjoy them inside on the couch with the view.
The fiance is a huge coffee fanatic and this was the only place we ended up buying beans from. Kona coffe is quite expensive, but we felt like this was worth it. Make sure to check out when they're open as their days/hours are limited.
Finding the perfect cup of Kona coffee is a challenge - especially with what, 650 growers in Kona? We found Hula Daddy by chance and were lucky enough to grab tour slots given by Karen, one of the owners. The hour+ tour where we met the roaster/taster; learned about their history and how they grow their coffee, (incl. the challenges of coffee 'predators' like wild pigs and a rust that can kill the tree if not caught), was fascinating. We tasted an amazing variety called Red Bourbon in both medium and dark roast and it was surprising how literally minutes of roasting makes a huge difference in taste. (FYI - no bourbon is used, it's a variety of coffee plant). HDad is very highly rated - the official international rating organization has given them 95+ ratings on multiple varieties. Their beans are not inexpensive but if you appreciate truly great coffee, or want to learn how it's made and what it tastes like you will absolutely love Hula Daddy!Anne G. 1/28/2022
Not only is the coffee fantastic but we had a fun and informative tour. The owner personally provides the tour so if you're interested in the farming and making of coffee you can't get a better source than this. Plus, you get to drink their coffee the entire time which is a huge bonus!!Maria Leonardi 10/21/2021
We had a great tour with Karen (the farm owner), she really knows her stuff and definitely has an incredible drive to produce the BEST Kona coffee out there. She took us from the plant fields to the roaster to the shipping area, and it is all done by her incredible staff onsite. Highly recommended stop on the Big Island. Thank you so much!Leah Morris 9/24/2021
We had a great tour with Karen (the farm owner), she really knows her stuff and definitely has an incredible drive to produce the BEST Kona coffee out there. She took us from the plant fields to the roaster to the shipping area, and it is all done by her incredible staff onsite. Highly recommended stop on the Big Island. Thank you so much!Amelia B. 9/24/2021
I booked the coffee tour 1 month in advance and was so glad I did! Karen made sure the tour was kept small and personable. She was so knowlegdable and friendly and I loved hearing about the how HulaDaddy was started. As this was my first ever coffee tour I was blown away at how careful and precise they are from how they grow and pick their berries/beans to the roasting process all done in small batches from 1 machine! You better believe we left with some amazing coffee and have been enjoying it since returning home. For sure this was one of the highlights of my trip! I recommend taking the tour but if you can't then please check them out anyways they have a great front porch with free coffee samples and someone is always available to talk you through their various types of coffee.Emily Cao 8/18/2021
Had a great experience at Hula Daddy last time I was on the Big Island, but had the unfortunate experience of discovering that they are closed on the weekends! Ended up going further up the mountain for coffee as I was leaving that day, but really wanted Hula Daddy! I will be back next time I visit the Big Island, but will make sure I visit on a weekday! Co-owner Karen is so friendly and engaging; she even recommended other places to visit on the island. And their coffee is exceptional! Check their current hours and make sure to pay them a visit!Gary Chow 8/10/2021
Found this spot on Yelp and I was not disappointed! One of the owners, Karen, gave us our tour so it felt super personalized to us. We got to try coffee before and after the tour which was really a treat! I usually don't drink black coffee, but I enjoyed the unique flavors of the Hula Daddy coffee. We learned the history of the company and how the beans are grown, picked, and roasted. We even got to taste a cherry right off the tree. Really cool experience and I'd definitely recommend stopping by and supporting Hula Daddy.Sarah S. 8/05/2021
We visited several coffee farms in Kona, & this was by far the best. Their commitment to quality shines through in their brews. The tour was also very informative, & our party learned a lot about coffee beans, the roasting process, & even the business side of the industry.
We will be ordering more beans from their website & highly recommend a visit!
Great tour! Very informative for true coffee lovers and is open to answering all sorts of questions on the topic.
The tour took exactly one hour and you learn so much - agriculture, farming the beans, what's good quality and why, roasting and tasting, local life as well as the origins of their company.
Free coffee tasting on porch with medium and dark blends. Coffee for purchase available to take home.
My husband is a huge coffee fanatic. He already told me ahead of time that we were coming here during our trip. We actually tried to come here our first day on the Big Island. We arrived shortly they opened on a Tuesday. We were greeted promptly to try their samples. My husband and I ventured in and Laura started chatting with my husband. She offered to let us try beans she just roasted a couple days. We ended up buying three bags! My husband had a great time and was giddy the rest of the day. Thanks Laura!
Tours weren't offered due to covid but you can walk around.
Their price is higher than most. No discounts. No specials. No Costco versions. No ads. They only open for 3 hours. Even so, they sell out and you have to get on the waitlist for special batches. Why? They have great coffee - it's the best Kona coffee I have tasted. I tried about 10. Several coffee makers have consistently recommended their coffees. Unsolicited. Also, they have won numerous awards. What’s interesting to me is their story and how they have perfected their coffee beans and the roasting process. it's Kaizen at its best. When you visit, you will probably meet Lee and Karen, the owners. Both are down to earth. Super nice people. Read their story on their website. Highly recommend this place.Wunan Li 4/28/2021
Their price is higher than most. No discounts. No specials. No Costco versions. No ads. They only open for 3 hours. Even so, they sell out and you have to get on the waitlist for special batches. Why? They have great coffee - it's the best Kona coffee I have tasted. I tried about 10. Several coffee makers have consistently recommended their coffees. Unsolicited. Also, they have won numerous awards. What's interesting to me is their story and their 20 year journey to perfected their coffee beans and the roasting process. it's Kaizen at its best. When you visit, you will probably meet Lee and Karen, the owners. Both are down to earth. Super nice people. Read their story on their website. Highly recommend this place.Wunan L. 4/28/2021
Karen is very knowledgeable of Kona coffee and roasting the beans in small batch. It was fun walking the grounds and capturing the beautiful view from the office balcony.
Flavorful coffee ... smooth and perfect for any Time of day.
Thank you Karen & Lee !
Cheers to many more successes for you B and your Companies !
Beautiful location. Took free tour of coffee plantation. Tour guide was super knowledgeable and entertaining. Learned a lot about coffee production with lots of hands on experiences. Samples of coffees were provided along with honey samples. Cute coffee shop on premises. Gift shop is well stocked with many varieties of coffee grown on the estate.Kathleen J. 2/06/2021
Hula Daddy Kona Coffee is a very charming coffee plantation. Laura taught us all about the coffee process and made us several different coffees to try. Karen then came and took us down to the coffee trees and explained the growing process. We spent a wonderful afternoon with Laura and Karen talking about much more then coffee. Highly recommended Hula Daddy Kona Coffee!gary brown 2/04/2021
Coming from mainland America, sometimes it can be hard to get your mind wrapped around it the cost of Kona coffee. If you already love coffee, but you need it a more convincing reason to spend the extra money on beans, you should absolutely try Hula Daddy.
Seriously though, you're going to want to up your coffee game across the board. You got to make sure you're brewing with the right temperature, you want to have the right kind of grinder... Otherwise you're just not going to get the full flavor and you won't taste the difference. I do recommend experiencing higher level of coffee if it's something that you enjoy.
Unfortunately I wasn't able to taste any this time I was on the island because of Covid restrictions but I've had the pleasure of tasting in the past and buy it regularly online. For those extra special days you want to start with some delicious Kona Hula Daddy!