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Topic: So many Hawaiian coffee farms selling greens (7 msgs / 162 lines)
1) From: Seth Grandeau
Don't get me wrong, I'm perfectly happy to let Tom sort the good from the
bad for me, but I'm surprised at how many Hawaiian coffee farms sell green
beans.  I think every website I've visited has had them available.  I guess
the homeroasting business is bigger than I thought.
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2) From: Eric Faust
I am not sure how well known this is yet, but a friend of mine Miguel Meza
recently moved to Hawaii to pursue coffee. He started Paradise Roasters and
the R. Miguel Coffee Company based out of Minnesota. He recently sold the
cafe I work for five pounds of green coffee that he helped process in Ka'u.
One was a dry ferment and the other was a natural. I have had the Ka'u Will
and Grace farms, but not from Tom. Miguel has told me a lot about the farms
over there, but I thought some list members may have been over there. Has
anybody been to farms in Ka'u or Kona?
Eric Faust
On Tue, Jan 13, 2009 at 5:10 PM, Seth Grandeau  wrote:
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3) From: Tim Carter
I was over on the big island before Christmas.  The B&B we stayed at in 
Ka'u (Kalaekilohana--really nice place and great folks) served local 
coffee.  They told me which farm, but I've forgotten.  My wife really 
liked it.  I found it pleasant, but not memorable. 
We visited with Roger Rittenhouse at Moki's Farm and he spent over 2 
hours showing us around the farm, discussing and drinking coffee.  A 
real gentleman.  The farm is 2 acres at 2000' and quite scenic. This was 
my first trip to a coffee farm.  I was surprised to find how sweet and 
tasty the fresh coffee cherries were.  I had roasted his coffee that we 
got from Tom before and really liked it.  I left with a couple of pounds 
of roast that he had on hand and a new friend.  He doesn't sell green 
over the 'net -- I'm hoping they find their way back to Tom's warehouse 
soon.
Tim
Tim
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4) From: Dave Nielsen
I was on the Big Island in September and arranged a visit to Pele
Plantations through a mutual friend.  We drove up to their place for
an afternoon visit and were met by Gus and Cynthia the owners.
Cynthia gave us a tour of the growing and picking operations and Gus
gave us the low down on their processing and sales ops.  They were
just arranging for pickers to come in to do the next to last picking
of the year, there was plenty of ripe product on the trees.  Cynthia
gave us a quick tutorial on the picking, my wife and I each picked a
couple of handfuls, and my wife was rewarded with a peaberry in her
"harvest".  The processing operation was very interesting, they do
everything except the final milling of the parchment.  They process
and manage beans from several smaller farms in the area, we met Carol,
the owner of the Mauka Fire Estate, while we were there, she and
Cynthia were working on some gift baskets that are sold from their
website.  All of their sales are via walk in or web customers, they
didn't want to get into the "grocery store trade" where they drive
around and deliver poduct to grocery stores for retail sale.
All in all a great visit, I walked away with a couple of new friends,
a pocket full of knowledge about the Kona coffee business and several
pounds of greens to bring home.
Dave, more lurker than poster, but I've been around here for ~7 years,
if you have been to any of the PNWGs we've probably met, been to all
of them.
On Wed, Jan 14, 2009 at 6:50 AM, Eric Faust  wrote:
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5) From: Zara Haimo
I was last in Hawaii about a year and a half ago.  We visited the low lying 
coffee plantations on Kauai just for fun, but the coffee was not memorable, 
and the setting was a former sugar plantation.  Then we went to a couple of 
places on the Big Island.  The most interesting was Mountain Thunder which 
is another family run operation.  Family members do a very low key tour and 
tasting.  It's a little hard to find and a GPS would be helpful if you drive 
up there.  The setting is gorgeous and the coffee is excellent.  Tom has 
carried their coffee in the past, but hasn't offered it recently.
We'll be heading back to the Big Island in a few weeks, so I'll have to plan 
another coffee plantation outing for one of the days.
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6) From: Joe Preiser
I make a trip to the Big Island in March each year to visit with 
friends.  Two of them own coffee farms; one in Honaunau and the other 
mauka from Kailua-Kona proper.  They are Harens Old Tree Estate and 
Kiele O Kona.
Duane Harens offers visits but you need to call to set it up.  His place 
is nearly impossible to find without guidance.  Only after 4-5 trips do 
I now (mostly) remember how to find it.
I don't think Fred & Barbara Housel at Kiele O Kona are set up for tours.
I recently noticed that Hula Daddy coffee is near Kiele O Kona so I may 
try to stop and visit their tasting room on my next trip.
All three sell roasted and green coffee that last time I checked.
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7) From: Eric Faust
Hula Daddy is the coffee farm where Miguel Meza from Paradise Roasters is
working. He recently helped process a coffee there that scored 97 points of
coffee review. If you end up planning on going there please contact me and I
will put you in contact with Miguel.
Eric Faust
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651-357-6272
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