GRADING STANDARDS FOR HAWAII GREEN COFFEE   

SIZE* DEFECTS** MOISTURE COLOR
Extra Fancy Type 1 19

Type 2 – 13

8 9 – 12% uniform, green
Fancy Type 1 – 18

Type 2 – 12

12 9 – 12% uniform, green
Number 1 Type 1 – 16

Type 2 – 10

18 9 – 12% uniform,green
Select Optional

(May be specified)

5% 9 – 12% ——–
Prime Optional

(May be specified)

20%**** 9 – 12% ——–
Hawaii No. 3*** ——– 35% 9 – 12% ——–


OFF GRADE = quality lower than Hawaii No. 3. Use of the term “Hawaii” in conjunction with the term “Off grade” is prohibited.

A bean affected by less than 2 pinholes by insect damage shall be scored as 1/10 full imperfection until June 30, 2017. Beginning July 1, 2017, the defect tolerance shall be 1/5 full imperfection.


* Tolerance for Type 2 beans is 10% by weight. No more than 3% other sizes.

** Defects are scored as either full imperfections or less than full imperfections, per 300 grams. Less than full imperfections are scored as 1/5 of a full imperfection.

*** Use of the term “Hamakua”, “Kau”, “Kauai, “Kona”, “Maui, “Molokai”, or “Oahu” in conjunction with the term “No. 3″ or “Off Grade” is prohibited.

**** Defect tolerance of 20% defective beans by weight shall be in effect until June 30, 2017. Beginning July 1, 2017, the defect tolerance shall be 15% defective beans by weight.


For a comprehensive summary of Hawaii’s green coffee standards, please refer to this chart. For a complete written description, please refer to HAR Chapter 4-143.


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