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 of nuts.

4. HDOA affixes an “Officially Sampled” stamp to the tags and boxes with an official lot number that’s readily traceable and tamper-resistant.

5. HDOA transfers the samples to their laboratory for testing and grading.

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 aren’t roasted.

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 of excellence.

“Stubborn About Quality”

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. Visit http://hawaii.gov/hdoa/add/soq to learn more about the program.

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