Sunday, August 30, 2009

Kona Coffee

I didn't know that coffee was such an important crop in Hawaii before I got there. I certainly had heard of Kona coffee, but never associated it with the Kona in Hawaii.

In order to be called 'Kona' it has to grow in a 2 by 20 mile strip along the Kona coast at a certain altitude. We visited two coffee farms while there and learned quite a bit about the growing process. When the 'cherries' are a dark red then they are ready to be picked, dried, and roasted.

One fact to highlight a dark roast coffee has less caffine than does a medium roast. If you want to try some Kona for yourself, you can order it online.

1/250 f/5 ISO 200 EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM @ 73 mm Canon EOS 40D

The reds and greens make for a nice colour contrast. The f/2.8 aperture is what creates the blurred background. Also note the repetition of lines the lead from the lower-left to the upper-right corner? This helps to lead the viewer through the image.
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