Kona coffee, grown exclusively in Hawaii, has always been known as one of the world’s more expensive coffees (that’s why you will often see Kona advertised as a “blend” with Colombian and/or Brazilian beans, rather than 100% pure Kona). Since 2010, the price of Kona has risen even further due to a supply shock — a beetle infestation that has wreaked havoc on Hawaiian farmers’ coffee crops.
As a result, Green Mountain discontinued its Kona K-Cup well over a year ago, early in 2011.
Now, production of Alterra Kona Blend is being halted as well. There is no word on if or when Kona coffee will once again be available for the Flavia single-cup brew system.
As a substitute, Mars Drinks recommends Colombia or Foundry Blend, two other options from the “Medium and Balanced” coffee category. Visit our Alterra coffee page to view the full lineup of available coffees. Please contact us if you need help changing over your merchandiser once you use up your remaining supply of Kona Blend and you are ready to switch the drawer to a new coffee.
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