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KONA TYPICA — Position Statement and Resolution of the Kona Coffee Farmers Association

Adopted by KCFA Board of Directors, November 15, 2011

WHEREAS, the Kona Coffee Farmers Association (KCFA) since its founding has included protection of the “Kona coffee heritage” among its core goals and objectives;

WHEREAS, for more than 100 years a variety of arabica coffee from Guatemala (Caffea arabica var. typica) has been the predominant variety of coffee grown in the Kona region and has been the standard bearer of the heritage flavor profile of “Kona coffee’;

WHEREAS, this Guatemalan variety, as adapted to Kona’s unique soil and climate, is now commonly referred to as “Kona typica”;

WHEREAS, the hard work, dedication and skill of generations of Kona coffee farmers have built worldwide recognition of the unique heritage and flavor profile of 100% Kona coffee harvested from Kona typica trees;

WHEREAS, long-time Kona coffee farmer and past-KCFA President Ken Sheppard has advised new farmers, “If you have no trees then seek out good genuine Kona (Guatemalan) Typica cherry from known heirloom stock.  Remember it is Typica that makes Kona, Kona; the cupping quality and the history. Avoid other varieties however much you are tempted by yield and bean size.”

WHEREAS, Donald Schoenholt, a founding member of the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) and long-time KCFA member, has observed that, “The heritage coffee of the Kona coast is Coffea Arabica V. Typica, and it is fair and reasonable that the [KCFA] say that. It is also true that other cultivars grown in Kona [technically] are also Kona coffee, just not ‘Heritage Kona’”;

WHEREAS, the reputation built by Kona coffee’s heritage flavor profile allows Kona coffee to command some of the world’s highest coffee prices and these premium prices are a critical part of the continuing economic viability of coffee production in Kona.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Kona Coffee Farmers Association:

1–Reaffirms and restates its policy to protect and defend both the Kona coffee heritage and the coffee flavor profile on which this heritage has been built; and

2.—Encourages all Kona coffee farmers to cultivate Kona typica coffee trees, to produce the highest quality coffee from those trees,  and to continue to supply world markets with our renowned “Heritage Kona Coffee”.