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100 percent pure Kona coffee usually costs about $50 per pound, but Kona Coffee Market does the roasting themselves, and can offer some of the best coffee in the world for about 50 cents a cup.
100 percent pure Kona coffee usually costs about $50 per pound, but Kona Coffee Market does the roasting themselves, and can offer some of the best coffee in the world for about 50 cents a cup.
Kona coffee brings a gourmet cup to Colorado

January 22, 2009 — To those of us who love our cup, coffee is more than just a pick-me up – it’s a bellweather for our entire day. In those heavy-lidded morning hours, or during the 4 o’clock afternoon doldrums, a cup of steaming coffee is a beacon of hope against even the darkest of days.

We who love it revel in our coffee. And we know that not all coffee is created equal.

Dave Benavides of Kona Coffee Market knows what coffee lovers are talking about, and he knows perhaps more about coffee than any other man in Colorado. He knows that here on planet Earth there are only a few select places in the world where geography, topography, weather, soil and climate combine to create ideal growing conditions for the ideal coffee berry.

Kona, Hawaii is one of those places – and arguably the best place in the world to grow coffee. Benavides imports his fine coffee from Kona and imports it right here to Colorado.

“Kona coffee trees are over 100 years old and still producing the world’s best coffee,” he said. “While the rest of the coffees in the world have been affected by disease and pestilence, Kona coffee, which is grown 2,500 miles in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, has the healthiest coffee trees on earth.”

Kona coffee is one of the most sought-after coffees on the planet. Smugglers and con artists are constantly trying to pretend they carry pure Kona, but only certified members of the Kona Coffee Farmers Association can sell the coffee.

Most Kona coffee in the U.S. is a blend of Kona and other types of coffee, Benavides said, but his coffee is 100 percent Kona.

Usually this kind of coffee costs $50 or more per pound, but Benavides has found a way to offer the coffee for as little as $25 for a one-pound bag or $13 for an 8 oz bag, or about 50 cents a cup.

The reason for the low price is because Benavides roasts the coffee himself right here in Colorado, and sells his popular brand at the Minturn Farmers Market, on the web, and in select locations around the state.

The low-acid, pesticide free coffee is perhaps the best in the world. Benavides brand is an inexpensive way to enjoy Hawaii’s best coffee right in your own home.

For more about Kona Coffee, watch the short video below and call (719) 330-2668 or visit

Benavides' coffee farm is in Captain Cook on the big island of Hawaii. He came to Colorado because the volcanic ash in the area was causing health issues for his wife, but now he's enjoying the clear air and healthy sunshine of Colorado, and has brought his coffee along to share with us here in the Rocky Mountains.

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