Whether you are eating food or drinking beverages, most of the raw products we consume come from farms. Farming practices can be important to the quality of the product because what goes into it will affect the taste. Most people prefer healthy, tasty, and wholesome foods and it helps to know where and how the food was grown.
Coffee is no exception. Many variable factors affect the crop, but the most basic thing is that the best quality beans come from trees that are strong and healthy. Farmers can’t control the weather, but we can do many things that will produce vigorous trees.
Choosing the right seeds or grafted plants and giving them the right nourishment and plenty of space to grow is a good start. Keeping grasses and weeds away from the trees by hand cutting, instead of using herbicides, is a good practice. Organic pest control is also something we do at our farms to ensure that the quality of the crop is preserved. Combine these things with the right elevation, moisture, and quality soil, and you have healthy fruit.
Processing is also one of the key elements of producing a perfect cup of coffee. We are “hands on” every step of the way. We hand-pick only the ripe cherries, soak and wash them in clean water, discard defective beans, dry them in the Hawaiian sun, age them in their own parchment skin to enhance natural flavors, and then mill and roast them in small batches. This style of processing is unique to Hawaii and is one of the reasons we grow some of the best coffee in the world. We are proud to be part of the tradition that produces quality coffee from the Kona region. Know your farmer, know your coffee!