The Certification Process
The Hawaii Department of Agriculture’s certification process to
guarantee quality, condition and origin of Kona coffee and Hawaii
macadamia nuts works this way:
1. We process our commodities to the finished package stage, properly
closed and prepared for sale and shipment to our customers.
2. We notify HDOA of the number of units per grade of product we
want certified: this constitutes a “Lot.”
3. Based on the lot size, HDOA then randomly samples a true composite
of the product, taking an estimated 2 pounds of coffee and 4 pounds
4. HDOA affixes an “Officially Sampled” stamp to the tags
and boxes with an official lot number that’s readily traceable and
5. HDOA transfers the samples to their laboratory for testing and
6. First they check for size requirement by screening.
7. Second they check for moisture content.
8. Finally they check, record, and score all defects by inspecting
every bean or kernel.
9. After it has passed this checking procedure, Kona coffee is
roasted and cup tested by professional cuppers according to a pass/fail
analysis; macadamias pass through aa similar process although they
10. Only after this rigorous testing results in all aspects of
products being rated as passing can they be issued a Certificate
of Quality, Condition, and Origin by the Hawaii department of Agriculture.
NOTE: BE WISE, ASK FOR CERTIFIED!
BE AWARE THAT
THERE IS A CERTIFICATION PROCESS AND PROCEDURE FOR ALL KONA COFFEE
AND HAWAII MACADAMIAS
Certifiably the Best
Since 1987 all of Kona Pacific Farmers Cooperative’s raw products
have been certified by the Hawaii Department of Agriculture for
quality, condition and origin.
Our goal is to ensure that our buyers and consumers receive the
most authentic 100% Pure Kona Coffee and Hawaii Grown Macadamia
Nuts. We simultaneously strive to protect the environment where
our crops are harvested so that we can perpetuate our tradfition
For over 100 years Kona farmers have been assuring customers of
our commitment to consumers. To continue this commitment and being
a true representation of the farmers, Kona Pacific Farmers Cooperative
is 1 of the 12 charter founding members who has helped establish
the Department of Agriculture "Seal of Quality" program.
This logo represents the best premium quality products that Hawaii
has to offer. Look for it at selected Big Island retailers and partners.
to learn more about the program.