KonaRed is a Hawaiian company that makes a couple of different things. They of course make their cold brew coffee but also they make 100% Kona coffee beans, Antioxidant Juices and Coffee Fruit Powder. I can’t find out when they actually started. They roast their coffee beans in house. The cold brew that they make is not pure 100% Kona coffee but a blend of the Kona plus Colombian coffee beans. What is interesting about KonaRed is that it does something a little bit different in that it infuses 100% Hawaiian Coffeeberry, which is the fruit of the coffee bean, into the cold brew. Coffeeberry benefits according to KonaRed is that these berries actually have 10 times the amount of antioxidants of blueberries. The cold brew that they make is cold brewed for 12 hours.
I had the great opportunity to actually get the KonaRed while I was in Hawaii. I had never seen or heard about the product before this time, but apparently you can get it in the continental US as well. When you open the bottle for the first time you get a nice aroma slightly sweet. Once you drink it for the first time you get a neutral water in the front end. Since the front of your tongue only has receptors for sweet and salty, it shows that the water and the coffee that they use is very clean and pure. Although the issue with this coffee is that there is coffeeberry juice infused so the front taste should be a little sweet or sour. As you pull it back a little more you get a slight acidic taste. Then as you bring it into the back of the mouth you get the nice coffee flavor with a small amount of bitterness. The flavor once it gets to the back is full of medium roast however it doesn’t really stay on the tongue and only gives you an average body. The price of this bottle is $4.99 for 12 ounces, which is $0.42 per ounce. (On their website it is a little cheaper which is 3.99 per bottle but you have to buy 6 bottles at least which comes out to $3.99 for 12 ounces, which is $0.33 per ounce)
Kona Hawaii is known for their coffee because of the rich volcanic soil with which the coffee is grown on. This really shows in the KonaRed Cold Brew Coffee. The coffee is very low in both acidity and bitterness which really let the coffee flavor shine. The only issue is that the body I would have liked it to be more robust, had it done it I think it would have been the perfect cold brew. The only other thing that is a problem is that there is no sight of the coffeeberry juice at all. If you had drank this without looking at the bottle you would have never known it was even in there. Looking at the price that is given online it isn’t much difference with other cold brews on the market, except you have to buy 6 bottles, which I get, since you are shipping them from Hawaii. I might get this again but it isn’t a must have for me.
Price: $3.99 for a 12 oz bottle, $0.33 oz.