The Kona Coffee Farmers Association (KCFA), a non-profit farmer organization dedicated to the protection of the heritage and reputation of Kona Coffee, has drafted a “Coffee Origin Disclosure Bill” for consideration by the Hawaii State Legislature in its 2012 session, which will open at the end of January.
For labels on packages containing 10% Kona coffee, the draft Bill would require to disclose the origin of the 90% not grown in Kona. Under the current regulation, such packages are only required to indicate “10% Kona Blend” (the disclosure of the origin of all coffee in a blend is voluntary in Hawaii). In the more than 20 years since passage of the law, none of the major Honolulu blenders has ever chosen to voluntarily disclose such information.
The draft Bill can be consulted at: http://www.konacoffeefarmers.org/10_Percent_Blend_Law.asp