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Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Continues With Weekday Coffee Competitions, Throwdowns and a Theater Debut

Hawaii’s Iconic Food Festival continues through Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022


The 2022 Kona Coffee Cultural Festival continues to take center-stage with farm tours, barista training, coffee cupping competition, a coffee tasting workshop, art exhibits and much more.


Festival Weekday Events

There are lots of coffee-themed events this week.


Today starting at 7pm, the Aloha Theater hosts the Kona Coffee Gamble: 60 Years. The film takes a trip down memory land to look at a Kona family between 1924 and 1984 as recorded by Big Island Television.


Brewing the perfect cup is an exact science of identifying roast profiles and characteristics that require a lot of expertise. There are no shortcuts in each step taken to cultivate Kona’s coffee from farm to cup. The farmer, specific growing areas in Kona, weather, microclimates and varietals all influence the cup. 


On Wednesday, the University of Hawaii at Manoa's College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources will host a new Coffee Tasting Workshop Do You Know How to Brew that Perfect Cup of Coffee. The workshop is offering two sessions, one at 9 am and the second one at 1pm. Interested? Class sizes are limited to 10 people. And, coffees will be served black. Cost is $25. Register at


Coffee Throwdowns are fast-paced competitions where coffee baristas create and pour beautiful latte works of art in cups of steaming hot coffee. All eyes will be on the baristas as they show off their skills under the watchful eyes of judges and of course, coffee enthusiasts. Will it go to a sudden-death match? Will the defending champ take it all again? Check out the highly caffeinated Kona Coffee Signature Beverage Throwdown on Thursday, November 10 starting at 6 pm at Kona Coffee & Tea Company at Kona Coast Shopping Center.


To build confidence, Kona Coffee & Tea Company hosts a Kona Coffee Barista Training starting at 5pm on Monday, November 7 where seasoned coffee educators, trainers and professionals guide a robust coffee education experience in manual brewing techniques, espresso techniques, milk steaming, and latte art.


Cupping judges trained as Licensed Q Graders, have been busy this week evaluating Kona’s single estate farms and large farms that have entered the prestigious Kona Coffee Cupping Competition. Find out which Kona coffee farmer will walk away with the prestigious cupping win announced on Friday, November 11 at the Kona Coffee Village happening at Hale Halawai County Pavilion.  

About Kona Coffee Cultural Festival

The Kona Coffee Cultural Festival is made possible through the support of Hawaii Tourism Authority through the Community Enrichment Program and the generous sponsorship of UCC Ueshima Coffee Co., Ltd., Kamehameha Schools, Alaska Airlines, Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union and numerous other corporate and community donors.


The award-winning Kona Coffee Cultural Festival is recognized as the oldest and one of the most successful food festivals in Hawaii. The 2022 Festival starts brewing November 4 through 13 with ten days of events promoting Hawaii’s unique culture and diversity and supporting the Festival’s mission to preserve, perpetuate and promote Kona’s unique coffee heritage

Festival Takes Home Four Golds

Every year, the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival strives to produce an experience enjoyed by the local community and visitors alike through the sharing of the unique history and culture of Kona coffee pioneers, farmers and artisans throughout the 10-day festival.


It is indeed an honor when Hawaii’s oldest food festival is recognized with accolades and awards.


Each year the International Festivals & Events Association recognizes outstanding accomplishments and top quality creative, promotional, operational and community outreach programs and materials produced by festivals and events around the world.


Kona Coffee Cultural Festival IFEA Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards



Best Event Program or Magazine 



Best Promotional Poster                           


Best Single Magazine Display Ad                      


Best Ad Series



Grand Pinnacle  


Previous Festival Awards include:


Best Fall Festival

National Geographic “Best Fall Festival in the United States.”

AARP “7 Fun Fall Festival Across the U.S.”

Frommer’s “Best Places to Go in 2020.”

National Geographic Traveler “The Best Food Festival in Every U.S. State.

Fodor’s “Weird Fall Food Festivals.”

Country Living Magazine “29 Best Fall Festivals and Fairs Across the United States.”

Expedia Viewfinder’s “Essential Fall Experiences across America.”

Country Living magazine“22 of the Best Fall Festivals to Celebrate the Season.”


World’s Best

Lonely Planet's Global Coffee Tour book listed Kona Coffee Cultural Festival as a world's best coffee experience.

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