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Gary Strawn

Kona, Hawaii

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Written by: Gary Strawn

Kona Earth is a family owned and operated coffee farm located on the tropical slopes of the Hualalai volcano in the famous Kona coffee district on the Big Island of Hawaii.  We live on the farm and grow the coffee ourselves.  As an estate farm, our coffee receives our constant care, ensuring the highest possible quality.  The high mountain "mauka" climate combined with our green farming practices allows our Arabica trees to grow lush and healthy, producing gourmet coffee beans of remarkable size and flavor.

We follow organic practices and our efficient processing techniques save water and energy  Our coffee is entirely hand picked, washed in rain water, sun dried and pesticide free.  When ready for shipping, our premium coffee is expertly roasted and sealed for maximum freshness.

We take great pride in our wonderful 100% Kona coffee.  With our farm direct shipping, you can't get coffee any fresher unless you visit the farm yourself.

Gary Strawn


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Kona, Hawaii

Kona Coffee farmer, ex-video game programmer

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Sarah, Emily

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