HomeRoast Digest


Topic: Mauigrown (11 msgs / 298 lines)
1) From: Bruce Garley
A friend just got back from Maui and brought back some of the SMALLEST beans
I've ever seen. The Red Catuai is as small as most Ethiopian DP's and the
Maui Mokka beans that are from Ethiopian stock are even dinkier.  My buddy
says they are large compared to the peaberries that he did not pick up.
Anybody have experience with these beans from the Ka'anapali estate? 
Bruce Garley
33991 Paseo de Alegria, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
949-218-2558
Vivir con miedo es como vivir a medias.
Homeroast mailing list
Homeroasthttp://www.sweetmariascoffee.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemIdx20">http://lists.sweetmariascoffee.com/listinfo.cgi/homeroast-sweetmariascoffee.comHomeroast community pictures -upload yours!) :http://www.sweetmariascoffee.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemIdx20

2) From: John Mac
Bruce,
My brother gave me the very same Mokka beans (green) last year and I thought
they were lentils!
I roasted them the FC+ and they were very tasty and the chocolate flavors
were very good.
Did you get green beans?
If so, roast them up and enjoy.
I also got the other varieties and wasn't that impressed.
Cheers,
John in Nor Cal
On 3/5/09, Bruce Garley  wrote:
<Snip>
Homeroast mailing list
Homeroasthttp://www.sweetmariascoffee.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemIdx20">http://lists.sweetmariascoffee.com/listinfo.cgi/homeroast-sweetmariascoffee.comHomeroast community pictures -upload yours!) :http://www.sweetmariascoffee.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemIdx20

3) From: Seth Grandeau
I've really liked the Mokka (very chocolatey) and their Typica.  The people
running the company are also very nice and their farm has a spectacular
view.  Roast and enjoy!
On 3/6/09, John Mac  wrote:
<Snip>
Homeroast mailing list
Homeroasthttp://www.sweetmariascoffee.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemIdx20">http://lists.sweetmariascoffee.com/listinfo.cgi/homeroast-sweetmariascoffee.comHomeroast community pictures -upload yours!) :http://www.sweetmariascoffee.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemIdx20

4) From: Andy Thomas
SM carried Maui Mokka from Ka'anapali Estate several years ago, before the =
farm went out of business. The coffee was excellent -- yes, very tiny beans=
. =
From: Bruce Garley 
To: homeroast
Sent: Thursday, March 5, 2009 9:26:24 PM
Subject: [Homeroast] Mauigrown
A friend just got back from Maui and brought back some of the SMALLEST beans
I've ever seen. The Red Catuai is as small as most Ethiopian DP's and the
Maui Mokka beans that are from Ethiopian stock are even dinkier.  My buddy
says they are large compared to the peaberries that he did not pick up.
Anybody have experience with these beans from the Ka'anapali estate? =
Bruce Garley
33991 Paseo de Alegria, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
949-218-2558
Vivir con miedo es como vivir a medias.
Homeroast mailing list
Homeroasthttp://lists.sweetmariascoffee.com/listinfo.cgi/homeroast-sweetmariascoffee=.com
Homeroast community pictures -upload yours!) :http://www.sweetmariascoffee=.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemId=7820
      =
Homeroast mailing list
Homeroasthttp://lists.sweetmariascoffee.com/listinfo.cgi/homeroast-sweetmariascoffee=.com
Homeroast community pictures -upload yours!) :http://www.sweetmariascoffee=.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemId=7820

5) From: Ed Needham
I've been to that plantation and spent about three hours with Kimo Falconer, 
the man behind the whole operation.  He's still running the show, but times 
have changed for the farm.  It started as an agricultural experiment with 
four different coffee trees being planted over about 500 acres.  The 
property was managed by Falconer but owned by a mainland megacorporation. 
The farm was shut down in 2001 by the corporation and only irrigation of the 
trees to keep them alive was allowed.  There was no picking for several 
years.  I have pictures from my visit in 2002http://www.homeroaster.comand the state of disrepair is obvious by un-managed weeds, un-pruned trees 
and beans all over the ground, and even sprouting!  Falconer found a way to 
buy the operation but had to make some serious changes to the operation to 
assure the financiers that it is a viable operation.  So now, it's being 
marketed as mini-plantations, where you can build your own home on a small 
parcel of land and have your own coffee plantation in your backyard.
I'd put a link here to the Mauigrown website, but they do sell green coffee 
beans and it's at least a minimal competitor to SM, so you'll have to find 
it for yourself.
*********************
Ed Needham
"to absurdity and beyond!"http://www.homeroaster.com*********************

6) From: Seth Grandeau
Ed,
I checked it out last summer and they are well underway with the project.
They even have a demo house.  I think the approach was pretty clever.  They
sell you a parcel of about 10 acres.  One acre in the middle is cleared, for
your house (which you build).  The rest is leased back to Mauigrown for
coffee.  He raises 10s of millions of $ and only loses about 10% of
cultivated land.
-Seth
On 3/6/09, Ed Needham  wrote:
<Snip>
Homeroast mailing list
Homeroasthttp://www.sweetmariascoffee.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemIdx20">http://lists.sweetmariascoffee.com/listinfo.cgi/homeroast-sweetmariascoffee.comHomeroast community pictures -upload yours!) :http://www.sweetmariascoffee.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemIdx20

7) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
It's an odd story behind that coffee. I was speaking to David Roche 
about it, who was basically they guy behind all the cultivar 
selections. The corporate funders behind the project were more 
interested in real estate values and after years of work he had to 
watch them tear through large parts of the farm with bulldozers, 
uprooting the coffee. The guy Kino who operates what remains of the 
farm is supposed to be a really good guy.
The Mokka type was always interesting, but the issue was the softness 
of the beans at these very low altitudes. If they were up at Kona 
altitudes even, it would roast a lot better, like 1000 feet (note, 
feet, not meters). But everything Ed writes is true, the farm was in 
a totally abandoned state and Kino brought it back, so kudos to him. 
Maybe he cane find a way to elevate the terrain too! Just kidding ...
Oh, BTW I just returned from a long but rewarding 3 weeks in Africa. 
Still very jet-lagged. Spent all day roasting samples I was able to 
bring back, and editing the photos. I am going to upload a lot of 
pictures in a bit.
Tom
<Snip>
-- 
-Tom
"Great coffee comes from little roasters" - Sweet Maria's Home Coffee Roasting
               Thompson & Maria -http://www.sweetmarias.com     Sweet Maria's Coffee - 1115 21st Street, Oakland, CA 94607 - USA
             phone/fax: 888 876 5917 - info_at_sweetmarias.com
Homeroast mailing list
Homeroasthttp://www.sweetmariascoffee.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemIdx20">http://lists.sweetmariascoffee.com/listinfo.cgi/homeroast-sweetmariascoffee.comHomeroast community pictures -upload yours!) :http://www.sweetmariascoffee.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemIdx20

8) From: michael brown
Welcome back Tom!  Can't wait to see what your going to offer.  I've been p=
utting off making a big order, waiting on your return.
<Snip>
<Snip>
<Snip>
<Snip>
<Snip>
<Snip>
<Snip>
<Snip>
<Snip>
<Snip>
<Snip>
<Snip>
<Snip>
<Snip>
<Snip>
<Snip>
<Snip>
<Snip>
<Snip>
<Snip>
<Snip>
<Snip>
<Snip>
<Snip>
<Snip>
<Snip>
<Snip>
<Snip>
<Snip>
<Snip>
<Snip>
<Snip>
<Snip>
<Snip>
<Snip>
<Snip>
<Snip>
people
<Snip>
ar
<Snip>
avors
<Snip>
LEST
<Snip>
<Snip>
My
<Snip>
k up.
<Snip>
e?
<Snip>
<Snip>
offee.com
<Snip>
<Snip>
offee.com
<Snip>
<Snip>
ffee.com
<Snip>
<Snip>
fee.com
<Snip>
<Snip>
<Snip>
<Snip>
<Snip>
<Snip>
sting
<Snip>
<Snip>
ee.com
<Snip>
ee.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemId=7820
Windows Live™: Life without walls.http://windowslive.com/explore?ocid=TXT_TAGLM_WL_allup_1a_explore_032009Homeroast mailing list
Homeroasthttp://lists.sweetmariascoffee.com/listinfo.cgi/homeroast-sweetmariascoffee=.com
Homeroast community pictures -upload yours!) :http://www.sweetmariascoffee=.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemId=7820

9) From: Frank Parth
Tom,
Thanks for the update and the history.
It can take days to get over that much time zone difference, and you have a toddler who is on his normal schedule so 
it's not like you can nap when you need to.
Africa? Did ya bring us back any Harrar Horse? Didja? Didja?
Frank
<Snip>
Homeroast mailing list
Homeroasthttp://www.sweetmariascoffee.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemIdx20">http://lists.sweetmariascoffee.com/listinfo.cgi/homeroast-sweetmariascoffee.comHomeroast community pictures -upload yours!) :http://www.sweetmariascoffee.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemIdx20

10) From: Ed Needham
It's easy to see in my pictures that the plantation is not much more than a 
few hundred feet above sea level.
One more thing about the tiny Moka bean,  It is a bean that is very close to 
the wild state of coffee, and therefore, the crops from year to year were 
unstable.  One year it would produce like crazy, then another year it would 
produce half what they expected.  Weather in Hawaii is fairly predictable, 
so the variation was in the wildness of the bean.
Kimo Falconer was at the farm from the very beginning and also worked with 
the University to help select and plant the trees.  When I met him in 2002, 
he was a man fit to be tied that the parent company was mothballing his 
'baby'.  It was his passion to get it back and bring it to life as a 
producer of great coffee.  I was a bit dismayed that the picking method was 
the big stripping machines.  That's not the best way to pick coffee for 
quality, but I'm guessing it was a financial decision, since the powers that 
were in control were interested mainly in the bottom line.
*********************
Ed Needham
"to absurdity and beyond!"http://www.homeroaster.com*********************

11) From: Lynne
One thing I would be concerned with if I were to choose to live there - is
what are they using as far as chemicals now, and what was used before. Being
surrounded by coffee sounds wonderful, and I love the idea that something
like this is being restored - but the use of pesticides can and has caused
so much damage.
JMO.
Lynne
Homeroast mailing list
Homeroasthttp://www.sweetmariascoffee.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemIdx20">http://lists.sweetmariascoffee.com/listinfo.cgi/homeroast-sweetmariascoffee.comHomeroast community pictures -upload yours!) :http://www.sweetmariascoffee.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemIdx20


HomeRoast Digest