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Topic: Kona (Chris Jones) (15 lines)
1) From: Bryce Decker
Hi Chris,
    You won't go wrong with Tom Owen's Sweet Maria's as a source for Kona green beans.  He is a skilled coffee cupper with devotion to quality in his bones.
    That is important, because there is no legal protection for the use of the Kona name or Kona origin on the labels of packaged coffee.  The big roasters like it that way, presumably because ambiguity leaves them free to hoodwink their customers.
     The Hawaii Island County Council, and Hawaiian public opinion generally support the efforts of Coffee farmers in Kona, including those who supply Sweet Maria's beans, to get truth in labeling of Kona coffee into law, but big roasters have the ears of powerful legislators and all such bills die in committee.   
     Read Tom Owen's comments on Kona coffee.  In my opinion they are spot on.  I have never seen anything there to take issue with.
     I have been homeroasting since the 60's, most recently with a Hearthware roaster.  I have retired to the Kona coffee belt where grow, process, and roast coffee from 18 trees in my yard.  I brew with a press pot, with a Technivorm for a backup when we have lots of guests.
Hope this helps,  -Bryce
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