How To Buy The Best Fresh Roast Kona Coffee?
What's better than learning how to roast Kona coffee beans? It’s a rhetorical question because for us: Nothing beats learning how to and roast beans at home.
Understanding the roasting process broadens your appreciation for the art and the science that goes into pouring the perfect cup of Kona coffee. Home roasting also ensures that your Kona coffee is as fresh as possible, and the roast is as light or dark as you prefer.
We’re strong advocates for home roasting - we love it! We’ve seen countless people intending to try it just once, only to become home roasting addicts. It’s a passion of lifelong learning with never ending surprises and satisfaction.
Enjoy the best tasting kona coffee in your home by following our simple guide. We cover the various methods, their pro’s and con’s and explore which one is best for you.
“What will I need to get started?”
The great thing about home roasting 100% kona coffee is there’s virtually no barrier to entry. Depending on your chosen method and what you’ve already got at home you can get started roasting today!
What Are The Preferred Methods to Roast at Home?
Diving into the world of home roasting 100% best kona coffee is incredibly easy. Choose the the Kona type coffee (north or south) and home coffee roasting method you feel most comfortable with out of the following:
- Roast in a pan/grill
- Roast in an oven
- Roast in a popcorn machine
- Roast in a purpose-built home roasting machine
Roasting in a pan or oven is the cheapest way to get fresh beans.
But for producing the best possible results we recommend that you choose either a popcorn machine or a purpose built roasting machine for their simplicity and consistency.
However, the price jump from a popcorn machine to a coffee roasting machine can be massive.
Popcorn machines can be picked up brand new from as little as $20 whereas a high-quality home roasting machine can be around $500, skyrocketing upwards from there. Cheaper machines can be around $150 but are often of inferior quality and may break down sooner.
If you're serious about home roasting your Kona coffee beans, it's worthwhile investing your money in a machine that will stand the test of time!
A Word of Caution
- Popcorn machines are not designed for kona coffee. Using one to roast coffee beans will void the warranty, and the machine may break after a few months of regular roasting. Additionally, not all machines are suited to roasting beans.
- Ensure your machine heats from the sides. DO NOT roast coffee beans in a machine that heats from the bottom! This will not only result in a weak and uneven roast, but the collection of chaff can ignite and cause house fires.
- Always clean out all chaff between roasts, and NEVER LEAVE YOUR POPCORN MACHINE UNATTENDED!
Buy a home roasting machine if it’s within your budget. Your resulting roast is often better than a popcorn machine, and these are purpose built so will usually last far longer than these ever will.
The one method we haven’t covered in this guide is microwave roasting...
It is possible to roast green beans this way, but the poor results and inconsistencies that come with it make it impossible for us to recommend this method. Use one of our four other methods if you’re going to roast coffee beans at home
The roasting process is simple, and if you follow our guide, you will be guaranteed a fantastic roast no matter your chosen method.
Understanding the Best Roasting Process
In this article, we’ve provided you with step-by-step instructions for each of the four home roasting methods. Your exact approach to roasting will vary depending on your chosen method.
But what never changes, is the roasting process:
- Beans get hot
- Beans get roasted
- Beans get cool
- Beans get delicious
It’s a simple process with some necessary steps to note along the way to guarantee great results. These important steps hold true for every roasting method.
Let's take a quick look at what happens during roasting, and after roasting, so that you know what's going on while the magic is happening:
- Temperature: 350F to 500F is the widely accepted temperature range. This varies depending on the roasting method you’re using
- Agitation: Your kona beans can never rest and roast! Constant stirring ensures an even distribution of heat, and thus an even roast
- First Crack: After 3 to 5 minutes the beans will produce an audible crack.This crack indicates that your beans are lightly roasted and ideal for white coffee. This the minimum amount of time required to produce kona beans. Continue roasting and agitating for darker roasts
- Second Crack: After a few more minutes another crack is heard. This second crack indicates a medium roast. A few more minutes of roasting and your beans will be burnt and unusable. Experiment with times to find your favourite roast
- Tip: We usually wait roughly 30 seconds after hearing the second crack
- Cool Down: Transfer beans to a metal colander or baking paper to cool. Use two metal colanders (plastic can melt). Shake and transfer your roasted beans between colanders. This cools the beans quickly and removes the chaff.
Spread evenly over baking paper to substitute for a metal colander. This method is not as effective
- Remove Chaff: Chaff is the dried husk of the coffee bean. It is very messy. Cool your beans down outside or in the sink to reduce clean-up
Pro Tip: Collect the chaff and make cascara coffee
It is one of those things that you'll get the feel (and eye) for with practice. This video is a good start:
Post Roast and Chemistry
When you’re roasting coffee beans, you are creating an awesome chemical transformation - the Maillard reaction.
Over 800 compounds are transformed from the boring, flavourless compounds present in the green bean into the delectably delicious and aromatic compounds found in roasted beans.
This is why green beans smell and taste nothing like roasted beans. The compounds in the green bean are waiting to be transformed!
Roasted beans release gas (CO2): This continues for weeks after roasting. Why should you care?
- CO2 helps to naturally preserve roasted beans by displacing oxygen
- Oxidation ruins beans. They become stale
- Too much CO2 in coffee beans creates too much crema (a bad thing)
- Not enough CO2 creates stale tasting coffee (also a bad thing)
De-Gas: Wait 12 hours before sealing in a container (Allow the initial Co2 to ‘de-gas’)
- Sealing newly roasted beans in storage too early will lead to CO2 pressurization. This can pop the top off your container potentially damaging it
- Coffee beans that contain too much CO2 will result in an undesirable flavor. Give your beans a chance to de-gas!
- Opinions differ. From a few hours to a few days. In our experience, we’ve found 12 hours to be a good rule of thumb. Your experience might prove otherwise - do what works for you
What About Grinding and Storing Kona Coffee Beans After Roasting?
- Wait 24 Hours before you Grind & Brew 100% kona coffee. When you buy 100% kona coffee fresh it needs a day to mature and reach full KONA COFFEE bodied flavor.
- Store in Airtight Container: Keep KONA COFFEE fresh and use within seven days.
- KONA COFFEE is always best when it’s fresh. After more than one week, your KONA COFFEE will begin to turn stale from oxidation.
- Read more info on 100% KONA COFFEE storage at the end of this guide and see our article on storing beans for more tips and tricks
Alright – enough with the science side of things, you’re here to learn how to roast your own beans at home, so follow these steps and you’ll be roasting like a pro in no time…
Step 1: Buy Green Beans
It all starts with the beans, which technically speaking are seeds. Fresh beans are green. Once dried, they become several shades lighter. Once roasted they are completely transformed, becoming the beautiful and inviting rich shades of brown that we’re used to seeing.
Excellent 100% Kona coffee is all about consistency. Choose green kona coffee that is uniform in size and color. This ensures an even and consistent roast and kona coffee flavor.
Getting these two elements correct - color and size - is vital to avoid producing coffee with an inconsistent and unfavorable flavor.
Step 2: Roasting
This is where the magic happens. Choose from one of the following four methods and follow our guide to producing the freshest, most delicious beans you’ve ever tasted!
We'll show you how to roast with a pan, an oven, a popcorn maker and a home roaster below.
Roasting Coffee in a Grill or Pan
Everyone has a pan or grill lying around, which means this method is very popular in the home roasting community.
You'll find plenty of how-to videos on YouTube, however, be weary of who you take advice from - many DIY roasters tend to overcook their beans using this method!
NOTE: Do not use a coated/non-stick pan. Doing so will negatively impact the flavor.
- Fast & convenient
- No need for additional purchases
- Difficult to get the correct temperature
- Very smoky
What You'll Need
- Green beans
- Thick pan (steel/uncoated)
- Hot plate/Grill (gas is preferred)
- Metal colander x 2
- Oven mitts
- Wooden spoon
- AIr-tight storage container
- Maximise ventilation. Turn on the exhaust fan and open the windows. It’s going to get smoky and smelly (the good kind of smelly, the bad kind of smoky). Grilling outside is the preferred option to avoid overpowering your fellow occupants
- Place a thick pan on medium heat. Around 450F will normally do the trick
- Getting the temperature right the first time can be difficult. Experiment to find the best heat
- A gas stove/grill will make attaining and adjusting the temperature much easier
- Add a shallow layer of green beans to the pan. Enough so you can stir with ease
- Keep Stirring. Never let the beans rest. Ensure they’re heated evenly
- Listen for the first crack after 4-5 minutes. Your beans are now a light roast
- Listen for the second crack after 6-7 minutes. A few minutes later the beans will crack for a second time indicating a medium roast. Roasting for much longer will result in burnt beans. Most people, us included, will wait roughly 30 seconds after this second crack before removing from the heat
- Dump kona beans into a metal colander. Stir and shake. Cool them down ASAP. Do this in the sink or outside to avoid the inevitable chaffy mess. Wear oven mitts! Everything will be very hot
- Leave beans exposed for 12 hours to de-gas
Roasting Coffee in the Oven
Another popular DIY home roasting method involves your oven, but be warned: you'll need ventilation as it will get smoky!
NOTE: If your oven is the kind that blows a gale, do not use it. The chaff will get blown around leaving you with a great chaffy mess to clean up.
- No need for additional purchases
- Slower than other roasting methods
- Difficult to get a perfect roast
- Very smoky
What You'll Need
- Green beans
- Perforated oven tray (regular trays will also work)
- An oven
- Metal colander x 2
- Oven mitts
- Air-tight storage container
- Preheat oven 500F: Crank it up to 11. Temperature will vary for different beans and different ovens. Start at 500F and experiment up and down from here to find what works for you
- Open everything but the oven door: Things are going to get smoky. Maximize ventilation
- Spread green beans over a perforated tray: One layer deep only. Do not stack them!
- A perforated tray will produce the best results. Just make sure that the tray you’re using doesn’t allow kona beans to slip between the holes
- Beans expand during roasting and will get stuck in any holes that are large enough to accommodate a green bean
- Don’t have a perforated tray? Try your luck with a regular oven tray and place a sheet of baking paper under the beans. Give them a shake or two as they roast
- Place on tray on middle shelf: The middle of the oven provides the most consistent temperature
- Listen for the first crack after 5-7 minutes: Your beans are now lightly roasted. Roasting for much longer will result in burnt beans.
- Listen for the second crack: The beans are now a medium roast. Most people, us included, will wait roughly 60 seconds after this second crack before taking out of the oven
- Transfer to a metal colander. Stir and Shake: Cool them down ASAP. Do this in the sink or outside to avoid the inevitable chaffy mess. Wear oven mitts the whole time
- Leave beans exposed for 12 hours to de-gas
Roasting Coffee in a Popcorn Machine
Popcorn machines are made from popcorn. Certain types, however, will do a great job at roasting coffee beans. Just make sure you read our safety concerns about roasting with a popcorn machine before getting started.
NOTE: You must use a machine with side vented heat to avoid burning and to ensure rotation.
- Automatically agitate/rotate beans
- Easy to get a perfect roast
- Not built for roasting coffee
- Some machines will break after a few roasts
- Price is not an indication of the longevity of machines used for roasting
What You'll Need
- Green beans
- Popcorn machine with side vented heat
- Wooden spoon
- Metal colander x 2
- Oven mitts
- Air-tight storage container
- Ventilate! Roast near an open window, or outside, if possible, to avoid filling your house with smokes and smells
- Pre-heat machine. 30 seconds, depending on the model
- Measure ½ cup of green beans. Plonk into the machine. Ensure the beans can rotate
- Popcorn machines should agitate the beans. If there’s no agitation you’ve probably filled the machine too full
- Using the same quantity of beans as the machines’ recommended quantity of corn kernels is a great starting point
- Assist the agitation. Use a wooden spoon and encourage the beans to start moving
- One you’ve got some consistent movement place the lid on
- Keep an eye on this for the whole roast and lend a helping hand if you must
- Use the handle if your spoon is too big
- Collect chaff in a large bowl. Catch all the chaff that will come out of the machine’s spout. As soon as the lid is back on get your bowl in position to avoid a massive clean-up
- Listen for the first crack 3-5 minutes. You’ve achieved a light roast!
- Listen for the second crack 6-8 minutes. Medium roast attained! Keep roasting for another 30 - 60 seconds to get a darker roast. Much longer and your kona beans will begin to burn
- Transfer between colanders to cool the beans. Use oven mitts when handling the machine and colanders. Things are going to be sweltering. Do this outside or over your sink to avoid a chaffy mess
- Allow 12 hours for the beans to de-gas
Roasting Coffee in a Coffee Roasting Machine
- Purpose built and long lasting
- Simple to use and clean
- More expensive than other options
- Bulkier than other options
What You'll Need
- Green beans
- Coffee roasting machine
- Oven mitts
- Optional: Metal colander x 2
- Ventilation. All roasting methods, including roasting machines, will produce lots of smoke
- Turn the machine on. Add green beans. Follow the manufacturer's instructions. Machines are similar, but requirements differ
- Monitor the entire roasting process. Many machines will claim full automation. However, with all of the variables (bean size/type, ambient temperature, age of machine, etc.) roasting times can still vary
- Listen for the first and second cracks. The first crack indicates a light roast. The second indicates a medium roast. Finish roasting once the beans have reached your desired roast
- Transfer between colanders to cool the beans: Your machine may have it’s own cooling process. If not, cool them down ASAP
- Do this in the sink or outside to avoid the inevitable chaffy mess.
- Wear oven mitts for this process
- Allow 12 hours for the beans to de-gas
Step 3: Storing home roasted Kona Coffee
When you buy KONA COFFEE in pre-roasted beans, you’ll notice a little valve on the outside of the coffee bag. This is a one-way valve that allows the built up CO2 to vent without letting oxygen in. This keeps 100% KONA COFFEE fresher for longer.
There are storage solutions that you can buy that employ the same one-way valve system. There’s even high-tech solutions that pressurize the container with an inert gas!
Regardless of your storage solution; space age or stone age, it needs to be airtight. It also must be kept cool and in the dark to ensure the flavors are preserved for as long as possible.
For something, a little different check out the wall mounted Zevro Indispensable SmartSpace Dry-Food Dispenser (below) that promises to be airtight and delivers roughly 1 ounce per turn.
There’s also the vacuum sealed Alpha Coffee Canister (below) that promises a 100% money back lifetime guarantee. The only thing to remember is that taking advantage of its features will require you to seal it after each time you use your beans.
Fancy storage solutions are all well and good, and they may help to extend the life of your home roasted beans by a few more days. However, you can avoid purchasing anything extra simply by repurposing an old mason jar.
And if you haven’t got anything fit for purpose, grab something cheap like the stainless steel Friis 16-Ounce Coffee Vault:
Regardless of how you end up storing your beans just remember:
- Keep it Cool
VERDICT - Should You Roast Your Own Kona Coffee At Home?
If you ask us, the answer is unequivocal yes.
It’s not just a fun and rewarding Hawaiian experience, but it’s the only way to guarantee the freshest, tastiest KONA COFFEE while ensuring that you’re always drinking the roast you prefer: light, medium or dark - the kona coffee choice is 100% yours.
With virtually zero barriers to entry, you can begin home roasting with whatever you already own, or make a few small purchases to get up and running. And now you know how to roast coffee beans from the comfort of your humble abode.
Buying fresh pre-roasted BLACK GOLD KONA COFFEE is still an excellent option. But with a little time and a small amount of effort you can begin drinking the best coffee you’ve ever had!
What’s more, home roasted 100% kona coffee makes an ideal gift for your kona coffee loving friends and family, providing they love buying kona coffee as much as you do.
So what do you think? Are you going to give home roasting a go? Have you already tried? Leave us a comment and share your experiences. If you’ve followed our guide, we’d love to hear how you went.
10 Best Reasons To Buy 100% Kona Coffee
#1 The Direct Effects of 100% Kona Coffee?
Excess sugar in your 100% Kona coffee is still bad for you, that said direct purchased 100% kona coffee has other nutrients which are still essential, although 100% Kona coffee can help your body burn any excess fat you’ve acquired from your local Kona coffee shop, and here’s how:
Caffeine: The higher your Metabolic rate, the easier it is for you to eat without gaining weight.
You know those skinny people who can eat a mountain of food and stay skinny? Chances are, they either buy the best kona coffee online a lot or they have a naturally high Metabolism.
One study has proven that caffeine can directly increase your metabolic rate by 3-11%, up to three hours after ingestion. Another study found that caffeine increases oxidative free fatty acid (FFA) disposal by 44%, which is just a fancy way of saying “converted fat to energy.”
Apart from speeding up your metabolism, caffeine also helps to release FFAs into the bloodstream, making them more available for energy conversion.
#2 What Are The Most Known Direct Health Benefits Of Kona Coffee? And Will It Give You A (Temporary) Energy Boost?
I know this point seems rather obvious - after all, it’s the reason most of you drink kona coffee - but for that very same reason it belongs in this list.
Do you know why caffeinated kona coffee has this direct effect?
In science-y terms, caffeine induces a brain hypoperfusion, which means (just in case you weren’t a neuroscientist) that caffeine speeds up the brain’s energy metabolism while also decreasing blood flow.
This triggers the release of norepinephrine, a chemical responsible for alertness and arousal (not that kind…).
And just in case you’ve been living under a rock at the bottom of the ocean for your entire life, there is some very recent research showing the positive effects kona coffee has on energy. As stated above, coffee can dramatically improve your alertness, but also can improve your mental performance.
Additionally, if consumed on a regular basis throughout the day, 100% kona coffee can help to maintain mental and psychomotor performance.
But I’m still not done! Some studies even indicate that coffee can improve physical endurance by 12%, but we will get into that a little later (in the list).
#3 Does Kona Coffee Directly Reduce the Risk of Parkinson’s Disease?
Apart from giving you energy and helping to burn fat, coffee also has some disease prevention qualities as well (que superhero theme music).
Black Gold 100% Kona Coffee can help to decrease your relative risk to a number of serious diseases, one of which is Parkinson’s disease.
There are quite a few studies that have found coffee can significantly reduce the risk of Parkinson’s. One study reported that a cup of kona coffee contributes to a substantial 31% decrease in risk.
Other studies have found even greater risk reduction when controlling for outside factors like smoking and drinking alcohol. One such study reported a 58% reduced risk in both men and women. Another found, when consuming five or more cups per day, men had a 61% reduced risk and women had 60% reduced risk.
Although the exact mechanism for 100% kona coffee on Parkinson’s demolishing powers is still unclear, one research study reported that kona coffee is most likely related to caffeine and not some other nutrient.
#4 Will Kona Coffee Protect You Against Alzheimer’s and Dementia?
Spoiler alert: coffee improves cognitive performance. Total shocker, I know, but for all of you non-believers, take a seat and prepare for some knowledge.
The study also noted that Hawaiian Kona Coffee was the major source of caffeine for the research participants.
Other studies have tried to pinpoint exactly what caffeine is helping to halt the onset of these diseases. A 2014 study found that caffeine blocks various tau receptors (a protein that contributes to brain cell degeneration). Another study found that caffeinated coffee increased GCSF - a substance greatly decreased in Alzheimer’s patients - levels in the bloodstream.
#5 Can Kona Coffee Protect My Liver?
Aside from being your brain’s best friend, coffee also has an interesting relationship with some of your other, equally vital organs.
Your liver has benefited from a bromance with Black Gold 100% Kona Coffee ever since they first met. After all, Black Gold 100% Kona Coffee is who your liver calls after a night of drinking, as it has been proven that some of the active ingredients in kona coffee protect your liver from alcoholic cirrhosis.
The relationship between coffee consumption and liver cirrhosis
Interestingly, another, similar study, showed that coffee can help protect you against nonalcoholic cirrhosis as well - although the causes of N.A cirrhosis are still unknown.
#6 Is Regular Coffee Consumption Reducing My Risk of Cancer?
Not that Alzheimer's, Dementia and liver disease aren’t big deals, but holy shit 100% kona coffee can help prevent cancer! And not just one or two types of cancers, kona coffee can help to prevent cancers in many of your body’s vital organs.
Regular caffeine consumption has been shown to reduce these types of cancers
- Drinking 1-4 cups of coffee a day can reduce your risk of colorectal cancer by 15%, and drinking 4-6 cup a day can reduce your risk by 26%
- Drinking 2 cups a day has been associated with a 43% reduced risk of liver cancer
- Daily coffee consumption has been associated with a 20% reduced risk of endometrial (lady parts) cancer, with that risk decreasing by 7% with each cup
- Consuming five or more cups of coffee a day has been linked to a 40% decrease in the risk of glioma (brain tumor)
The above kona coffee volumes are just for 100% type kona bean as the most significant findings, because 100% kona coffee has been linked, although mildly, to decreased risk of many other types of cancer (which you can see here).
#7 Is There A Link Between Longer Life Expectancy and Regular Coffee Consumption?
Apart from all the badassery I’ve already mentioned, coffee has been associated with longevity, and decreased overall risk of mortality.
A study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health found that drinking one cup of 100% kona coffee a day could lower overall mortality risk by 6%, three cups of 100% kona coffee could reduce risk by 8%, and five cups of 100% kona coffee could reduce risk by 15%.
In addition to general longevity (as if that wasn’t a big deal itself), coffee has been shown to help prevent a myriad of life threatening diseases. Some I’ve already covered, other’s I will cover later in this article; however, since we are talking about life expectancy here is a quick list of them all:
Since the CDC has listed diabetes the 7th largest killer in the good ole US of A, it is also worth mentioning that coffee can help prevent that as well.
#8 Coffee is a HUGE Source of
The Untold Story Of Antioxidants!
Forget wine, forget fruit, forget vegetables; 100% kona coffee is probably one of the largest sources of antioxidants in your diet. If you don’t drink 100% kona coffee, you better get on that, because you just won’t find a better coffee source of or higher percentage antioxidants out there.
As you can see, the level of antioxidants and coffee far surpasses any other source
It’s no secret that antioxidants are good for you. Antioxidants help to limit a chemical called free radicals, which have been associated with cell degeneration as well as a number of deadly diseases. By increasing the amount of antioxidants in your diet you can limit free radicals in the body, and limit your risk to some of these diseases.
#9 Are Kona Coffee Lover’s at Lower the Risk of Heart Disease and Stroke?
Did I mention that 100% kona coffee can also protect your heart? No? Yes it does… Well, 100% kona coffee can also protect your heart!
There has been a myth floating around that coffee can increase the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD).
However, that same study does point out that drinking more than six cups of coffee a day can result in a loss of these preventative benefits.
#10 Can Prevent Tooth Cavities?
Kona Coffee wouldn’t be much of a superhero unless it battled some evil enemy with a weird sounding name. And it does! Coffee can help to protect your teeth by ruthlessly destroying something called Streptococcus Mutans (AKA - S. Mutans) which sounds, even more, evil).
The study pointed out that additives, like sugar or syrup, essentially cancelled out any of the anti-mutans properties of coffee. Which means your dentist will not be impressed when you come strolling in for your appointment, with a venti caramel macchiato in hand.
#11 Does Caffeine from Coffee Improve Your Physical Performance?
It is not just your mental performance that Kona coffee stimulates, but also your physical performance. In much the same way coffee wakes up the brain, coffee can also help jump-start your body.
There have been many studies to show that coffee can enhance overall physical performance.
Using measures like time to exhaustion, running/cycling performance, the perception of fatigue and cycling power, researchers have found that drinking one to two cups of coffee can benefit performance:
|ACTIVITY||RESULT OF CAFFEINE ON PERFORMANCE|
|Sprinting - Running To Exhaustion||No Effect|
|Bench Press -Muscular Endurance||One Rep Weight Increased by 4.4 lbs. (2kg)|
|Marathon - 8km Run||Blood Lactate Levels Higher After 3 Minutes|
|Rugby||Improved Speed, Power & Passing Accuracy. Lower Perceived Fatigue|
|Cycling - Endurance||Time to Exhaustion Increased|
|Cycling - Speed and Power||Improved Speed and Power|
As mentioned in some of the earlier topics, caffeine provides an energy boost by increasing the release of norepinephrine, also known as adrenaline, into the bloodstream.
#12 How Can Coffee Reduce Post-Workout Muscle Pain?
Have you ever 'charged yourself up' with a coffee before hitting the weights? If so, good news: the benefits of coffee online don’t end in the weight room.
Not only will kona coffee make your routine exercise worthy of one of those ultra-intense Gatorade commercials, where everything has a strange green tint, but it will also help with the post-workout pain.
Muscle pain after exercising is consistently lower after caffeine consumption (black bars)
The same study also shows that the hit from caffeine may actually help you achieve greater physical fitness by allowing you to achieve a higher number of repetitions during your workout - pump that iron, son!
Maybe you’re wondering now what is really in your cup of coffee you bought online that could help curb muscle soreness?
Maybe you’d like to know how your coffee can, essentially, numb your pain?
#13 Will A Double-Shot Of Kona Coffee Improves Blood Circulation?
Here is another one that you’ve already heard: Kona coffee can help improve blood flow.
But, you probably didn’t know that, until recently, there wasn’t much scientific proof behind this statement, and that much of the research from before actually argues the opposite.
Let’s start with the opposing view.
Brain blood aside, coffee has recently been shown to increase blood flow throughout the rest of the body.
Increased bodily blood flow leads to the following indirect health benefits
Although the research isn’t exact yet, there is evidence that coffee can increase blood flow to most areas of the body, except the attic.
#14 Can Coffee Boost Your Short and Long Term Memory?
None of this extra energy and improved mental performance wouldn’t be much good if your memory couldn’t keep up.
Fortunately, the coffee gods aren’t that cruel, so they packed in some memory-augmenting power along with all the other good stuff.
Not only can 100% Kona coffee online enhance short-term memory, but it has also been shown to improve long-term memory as well.
The researchers even made this short video to help explain the study, for all you non-psychologists out there:
However, the same researcher did note that coffee online does seem to impact certain types of memory and recall, mostly related to alertness and passive learning.
Regardless of these mixed findings, psychology is complicated, and most of the research on caffeine and memory is fairly new, so it should not be too surprising that initial findings are relatively mixed.
#15 Are There Coffees That Reduce Gout in Men?
Last but not least, coffee can help curb the risk of gout. In case you aren’t familiar, gout is a condition in which defective metabolism of uric acid can cause arthritis. In most cases, gout affects the big toe, but can also cause swelling and pain in other joints of the leg.
A 2007 study found that coffee, not just caffeine, can significantly decrease the risk of gout in men, by lowering levels of uric acid in the body.
The relationship between coffee consumption and gout
Drinking six or more cups of coffee a day was associated with a 40% decrease in the risk of gout, but, unfortunately, drinking 5 or fewer cups a day yielded less than a 10% reduction in risk.
The study showed that kona coffee can help reduce the risk of gout in women, although the impact was more significant than that in men, with 4 cups a day yielding almost a 60% reduced risk.
Unfortunately, sugar seems to reverse these benefits.
A study conducted on the relationship between sugar consumption and the risk of gout found a positive link between increased levels of sugar consumption and cases of gout. So, considering this, it’s best to stick with just a black cup and avoid the sugar (once again).
Busting Common Myths About Kona Coffee and Health
There are a lot of myths around coffee; some strange, but some actually believable.
Hopefully with this list we’ve already debunked some of those myths, yet there are still some out there we haven’t addressed.
What most of these more believable myths have in common is that there is some science behind them, but not completely foolproof science.
Let’s take a closer look at some of these myths:
MYTH #1: Caffeine is Bad for You
People have been throwing this one around for a long time, and they cite everything from “that one headline they saw on yahoo.com,” to their yoga teacher.
Have you ever wondered why caffeine is bad for you? Sure there are negative effects of caffeine, but like everything, it needs to be consumed in moderation
I’m not saying that 100% kona coffee doesn’t have some negative side effects (if you like chugging it by the gallon), but to say that it is simply unhealthy is stretching things by quite a lot.
In fact, the opposite is true, coffee is healthy for you.
Just in case you’ve forgotten or (more likely) skimmed through the above list, coffee can help to burn excess fat, prevent many life-threatening diseases, as well as some not-so-deadly diseases, and it can improve both mental and physical performance.
MYTH #2: Unfiltered Kona Coffee is Bad for You
This myth is a little trickier because it does have some legitimate science behind it. There are two relevant studies from where the idea that unfiltered coffee is not okay for you, originates.
However, the relationship between homocysteine and CVD has been widely debated and is still uncertain.
However, this study took place over the course of just 17 days, which is hardly enough time to conclude any long-term health impacts.
When looking at these sorts of data it is important to know their limitations. Although the whole Clint Eastwood approach of shoot first, ask questions later may work well in some situations (but not really) it’s important to know the details before you go pointing fingers.
To sum all this up, the evidence behind the myth is far from conclusive, and there needs to be more research before anyone can accurately claim that unfiltered coffee is bad for you.
MYTH #3: Coffee Will Sober You Up
This myth is pretty popular, and, if you are familiar with all the energy and focus arousing awesomeness of coffee, seems pretty logical. However, I am sorry to report that it just isn’t true.
In reality, and strangely, coffee will still provide some of its attention-awakening benefits when consumed after alcohol, which actually contributes to some confusing side effects.
Essentially, what is happening here is that the side effects are mixing, but alcohol is winning.
Even though kona coffee can give some people the perception of alertness, it does nothing to curb alcohol’s delirious effects. This is because, as one study reports, caffeine does not reverse ethanol-induced (getting drunk) learning deficits.
Go ahead and try drinking coffee after you’ve been drinking (i.e. during le-hangover phase) however it won’t do you much good (apart from possibly giving you a little much-need energy)
Hacks: Maximize the Good Coffee and Minimize the Bad.
So you now know that coffee is actually pretty good for you, and you are ready to get started, but first let’s have a quick chat about how to get the most out of your coffee.
Here 5 simple coffee-health-hacks that will help you sidestep (most of) the negative, and magnify the positive:
HACK #1: Use Only Quality Beans
So much of this comes down to flavor and personal preference, however, just like with anything else you put into your body, you want to make sure it is of good quality.
Avoid cheaply produced coffee like the plague, because sometimes cheap production is synonymous with unhealthy pesticides and chemicals.
This doesn’t mean you should go buy the most expensive kona coffee you can find, this just means you should try and be aware of what goes into growing your coffee.
Buying from local roasters, instead of the supermarket, is a great way to avoid low quality beans. More than the supermarket clerk, the people working at the roastery will have a much more extensive knowledge of what they sell, and they typically aim for quality anyways.
You’ve been told a thousand time before: always check the label of the coffee you’re buying (and everything else that goes into your body, for a matter of fact).
HACK #2: Choose Your Brew Method Wisely
A little earlier I talked about the possible negative health impacts of drinking unfiltered coffee. Although the evidence isn’t completely convincing yet, you may still decide to play it safe.
If that is the case then you may want to avoid brewing methods like a French Press, which is basically just boiled and strained kona coffee grounds. It tastes amazing, but there are still ways to get great flavor with filtered coffee.
A drip machine is also a good way to brew filtered coffee. These are the machines you are probably most familiar with, and there are so many different versions.
Generally, I’d recommend avoiding the models that look like the greasy coffee making machines at Waffle House, because there are plenty of other good options out there.
Another common brew method is brewing using immense pressure AKA the espresso machine – just be sure to pass on the sugar if you give a damn about your health.
HACK #3: Time Your Coffee for a Better Night’s Sleep
However, this issue has an easy fix: good timing.
Although sleep disturbance is bad, bear in mind that what the study quotes as “significant disturbance” is not “staring at the ceiling all night.”
This means that if you have your last coffee at 5pm, you'll still have 80mg of caffeine in your system when you try to get to bed at 11pm. It depends on individual circumstances, but you should aim to have 50mg or less of caffeine in your system when you hit the hay.
An awesome way to track your caffeine levels is to use an app called caffeine zone, which allows you to input your beverage, time of consumption, and bedtime, and then tells you if you're good to go, or if you should skip that brew:
Yikes! According to caffeine zone, if I drink a standard sized coffee at 12:30pm, I'll only have a decent sleep after 10pm
Avoiding these negative side effects is as simple as timing your last cup of joe to 6 hours (ideally, 8) before you plan to go to bed. Personally, I don't drink coffee after 12pm (unless I know I'll be up late)
HACK #4: Coffee - Pair it with a Meal
You may, or may not, be familiar with new kona coffee trends. To be honest, it may be a fad, but I do love it personally. I went and made a whole recipe list of bulletproof coffee recipes here.
The defining ingredients of this coffee recipe is grass-fed butter and MCT oil.
The company claims that adding grass-fed butter, which contains certain fats and nutrients, to their brand of coffee can help to increase brain function and burn fat.
Great news: There's no need to carry a supply of super-butter around with you.
A simpler, cheaper and less douchey solution would be enjoying your coffee with a healthy meal.
Here is a list of the best food items to include in a meal (which also offer the same vitamins and nutrients):
Pair your coffee with these food groups, and you'll be mimicking a bulletproof coffee, minus the hype
- Saltwater fish, like tuna, herring and salmon are a great source of vitamin E, vitamin D, and omega-3 fatty acids
- Dark, leafy greens and carrots for vitamin A and vitamin K
- Nuts and whole grains for omega-3 and vitamin E
- Eggs and cheese (which should be used sparingly) are another good source of vitamin A
- And potatoes for vitamin K
Although you can still find many of these nutrients in red and white meat and dairy, those typically come with a lot of fat, and don’t offer as much as the items listed above.
So forget the fad, forget, and just shoot for a cup of kona coffee with a healthy meal (you may already be doing this).
HACK #5: Know Your Caffeine Limits, and Stick to 'Em
Despite all these numbers and figures and percentages I’ve thrown at you, you may still be wondering, “so, how much coffee should I drink per day?” or "How much kona coffee is too much?"It can get a bit confusing, with different amounts yielding different results, but the sweet spot seems to be 4-5 cups a day. According to a review by the European Safety Authority, 400mg is the daily, safe, upper limit of caffeine consumption for adults.
Kona Coffee has also not been shown to increase short-term feelings of nervousness and anxiety in some people. Keeping below six cups a day, and not drinking more than two cups in one sitting, can help you avoid these symptoms.
Check out this caffeine calculator for a more accurate (but not perfect) idea of your daily limits.
THE BOTTOM LINE – Kona coffee health effects
Did you enjoy this Black Gold 100% Kona coffee list? I hope you learned something new, but if not I hope this 100% Kona coffee list helped point you to even more informational Kona sources. Are there any benefits of not drinking 100% kona coffee? Maybe. But because there is so much unfounded 100% Kona coffee-bashing going on, it is important to know the facts. There are Kona coffee health benefits. Really 100% Kona can be good for you!
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