About Greenwell Farms
The Greenwell Farms legacy began in 1850 when Henry Nicholas Greenwell left England and first set foot on the fertile soil of rural Kona.
Our Beginning - Henry Nicholas Greenwell
In 1850, Henry Nicholas Greenwell left England to pursue a new life in Kealakekua, Hawaii, which today is known as the Heart of Kona. Mr. Greenwell was later joined by his wife, Elizabeth Caroline, and the couple would spend the next 40 years farming, ranching and producing Kona Coffee. Eventually, the Greenwell’s one-of-a-kind coffee would catch the attention of coffee lovers around the world, and, in 1873 the President of the Kaiser’s Exposition awarded them with a “Recognition Diploma” for their Kona Coffee at the World’s Fair in Vienna, Austria.
Henry Greenwell’s legacy continued decades later, when his grandson, Norman Greenwell, and his great grandson, Thomas Greenwell, developed coffee in the early 1980s on some of the same land. This new generation of the Greenwell family has marshaled in the modern era of specialty coffee in Kona and has played an important part in Hawaii’s coffee industry. Today, the company maintains coffee orchards on 85 acres, is developing new farms, and it controls and manages another 60 acres of coffee for other land owners. As one of the largest and oldest coffee producers in Kona, Greenwell Farms is proud to celebrate its history and spread the spirit of aloha with every cup. Sowing coffee seeds for future generations, Thomas Greenwell was recognized by the US House of Representatives and Kaiali'i Kahele with a Lifetime Achievement Award alongside fellow coffee pioneer David Gridley. Described as a “trailblazer in the Hawaii coffee industry,” Thomas Greenwell is dedicated to upholding the Farm’s meticulous standards and committed to creating the finest 100% Kona Coffee. Whether it’s advocating for advanced farming methods, working with the team on new coffee varietals or offering individuals a chance to tour a real, working Kona Coffee Farm, Kona Coffee has a special place in Tom’s heart just as Greenwell Farms, located in the heart of Kona, has for the Kona Coffee community.