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Lawsuit Filed Against Hawaii Retailers In Kona Coffee Labeling Dispute

From: hawaiipublicradio.org

HILO, Hawaii — Hawaii coffee farmers have filed a lawsuit against major retailers after scientific tests confirm Kona coffee is mislabeled as authentic.

West Hawaii Today reported Tuesday that three Kona coffee farmers say chemical tests completed in May reveal coffee products labeled as Kona are not what they say.

Owners of Rancho Aloha, Kanalani Ohana Farm and Smithfarm contend the coffee beans’ flavor comes from volcanic soil on Hawaii island and scientific tests can isolate the unique chemicals.

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