All of the wild winter weather going on right now on the mainland is inspiring a lot you to dream of moving to Hawaii, and for many, that dream seems to be owning a coffee farm here in Kona. As Hawaii Life Real Estate’s unofficial coffee farm expert, I thought I’d share my thoughts on the finest coffee farm currently for sale here on the Kona Coast.
Before I start talking about the farm though, I’d like to dis-spell two myths:
- Coffee farming is hard. Well, it’s not easy, but for most of the coffee farmers I know here it’s their second or third career. Many had professional jobs in big cities and had never farmed before. There is a lot of support and education here and neighbors are always willing to help out. For many, I would recommend starting out as a Gentleman Farmer. There are plenty of folks willing to do each job and as you get comfortable with tending the trees or processing you can take on the jobs you are comfortable with.
- Coffee farming will make me rich. I have yet to meet a coffee farmer here in Kona who has gotten rich selling coffee. I have met a lot of rich men who are coffee farmers, but the money came before the farm. Likewise, I have met a lot of farmers without much money who wouldn’t trade their life with anyone. It is a lifestyle that appeals to the rich and poor. It’s not about the money.
The finest farm currently available (MLS# 237553) is a 5 plus acre lushly planted farm with a nearly new main house with panoramic views, a state-of-the-art processing facility, as well as a separate worker’s cottage. The farm is priced at $899,000, far less than a vineyard in Napa, yet with much the same feeling.
This is a boutique operation where the coffee is grown, processed, and packed for sale. The current owners sell their estate grown coffee at the farm itself, at local stores, at local farmer’s markets as well as some grocery chains on the mainland. You can do as much or as little as you want with this one.
Currently, the sellers take care of processing and sales while they have a crew that takes care of the coffee trees and picking. In addition to the coffee they also have a crop of tropical flowers as well as tropical hardwoods.
This farm is located in Captain Cook which is about 30 minutes south of the airport and the town of Kailua-Kona. Just minutes away there is a grocery store, hardware store, restaurants, banks, and a post office so you won’t feel isolated. Yet, the house sits in the middle of the 5 acres and trees and plantings block out any neighbors. It truly feels like you’re miles away from the rest of the world.
Here is a gallery of a variety of Kona coffee farms I have put together priced from $150K up to $1.6 million: Kona Coffee Farm Gallery of Properties