The Buzz About Coffee

Jackie Chen once said, “coffee is a language in itself” and we couldn’t agree more. The rich history, the vibrant color, and the advanced cultivation practices used by countries around the world, is art in its purest form. Sit back, relax, and grab a cup of steaming hot coffee. Or better yet? A glass of Glass Kona. Today we are learning more about the rich history of the tiny bean that changed humanity.

It all started back in A.D. 850 Ethiopia. A goat herder found his goats eating a mysterious red fruit. They suddenly seemed full of energy, and were acting quite strange. After some speculation, the man tried the red fruit for himself and had a similar reaction. Quite unknowingly, this fabled humble goat herder discovered a natural herbal energy stimulant that would shape the lives of billions of people for thousands of years into the future.

Interesting to note, throughout history coffee has been banned around the world five times, 500 billion cups are consumed every single year, the coffee industry employs 25 million people around the world, and is the second biggest commodity (the first being oil). That is one powerful commodity!

Many countries around the world grow coffee; and, in some places it is the primary source of economic income. Little known, Hawaii & Puerto Rico are the only locations that have the environment necessary to grow coffee beans commercially in North America.  With the associated climate and relative position to the equator, these locations make for ideal growing conditions for coffee beans to flourish.

Our coffee infused vodka, Glass Kona, is made with coffee beans that are sourced from the Keala Hawaiian Coffee company located in Seattle, Washington. The decadent coffee company sources from the island of Hawaii, Africa, and the South America. The coffee blends produce wonderfully balanced flavors; one taste leaves you asking for more. The dark roast is strong and earthy, filled with a smooth rustic coffee flavor.

Our distinctive blending and aging process creates a spirit that combines the bright, creamy sophistication of a freshly pulled shot of espresso with the elegance of Glass Vodka. Without any added sweeteners, this aromatic and naturally-infused coffee vodka will delight even the most refined connoisseur with its pleasing, authentic taste.

Glass Kona is not a liqueur. It is also not a sugary spirit. It resembles a dark shot of espresso finished with a vodka taste. Ian chose to pursue a coffee infused vodka because of his love for both espresso and spirits.  Combining the two was a natural first extension of Glass Vodka’s product collection. Our Glass Kona vodka has been used all over the country to create artisan cocktails specifically designed for coffee enthusiasts. Here are a few of our founder’s favorites we know you will love!

Chocolate Kiss

1 oz Glass Kona Vodka
.5 oz Espresso
.5 oz Meletti Chocolate Liqueur
.25 oz Sidetrack Raspberry Liqueur
Shake vigorously with ice and serve up in a martini glass
Garnish with a fresh raspberry

Baby, It’s Cold Outside
1.5 oz Glass Kona vodka
1 oz Bailey’s Irish Cream
2 drops real Vanilla extract
Pinch of Cayenne Pepper
Your favorite chocolate syrup
Swirl bottom of martini glass with chocolate syrup. Mix Glass Kona, Bailey’s and the vanilla extract together in shaker. Shake vigorously with ice and serve up in a martini glass and garnish with pinch of Cayenne Pepper

Olympic Kona Mocha
Created by Michael Vezzoni and featured at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle, WA
1 oz Glass Kona vodka
¾ oz Frangelico
¾ oz Kahlua
¾ oz Bailey’s
In a mixing glass add all ingredients. Fill with ice, shake and strain into cold martini glass. Garnish with three coffee beans.

Kona Milk Punch
Created by Matthew MacColl and featured at Serious Pie & Biscuit, Seattle, WA
1½ oz Glass Kona Vodka
½ oz Velvet Falernum
2 oz Whole Milk
5 drops Bitterman’s Burlesque Bitters
Combine ingredients without ice and shake vigorously.  Add ice and shake to chill. Serve in a coupe glass and garnish with espresso ganache & espresso beans.