Coffee Enthusiast Tours Hawaii’s Specialty Coffee Houses

We’re pleased to announce that several SCAA members were mentioned in a recent article which artfully talks about the thriving coffee culture in the world famous Kona Coffee corridor.

The big island of Hawaii is known worldwide for its quality coffee beans and rich cultural heritage. For the last 40 years the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival has celebrated the unique and constantly evolving world of Hawaiian coffee. This year’s festival takes place from November 5th through the 14th and in preparation food writer, Dawna L. Robertson, named her top island coffee picks in an article for the Huffington Post. We’re proud to say that many of them are SCAA members.

Robertson first talks about SCAA member Greenwell Farms in Kealakekua, reputed as one of the oldest and most respected farms in the region. Founded in 1850, the 160 year old farm has built up a sturdy reputation relying on strict attention to detail and quality control. As a family run business, the farm offers tours of its facilities and invites the public to learn more about the finer points of growing a crop of coffee cherries.

The next stop on the coffee tour is SCAA Mountain Thunder, an organic farm located in Kainaliu. The Bateman family, who owns Mountain Thunder, prides itself in producing organic coffee of the highest quality. They offer tours of their farm to show visitors the benefits of producing un-chemically-treated coffee. Not to mention the plethora of lovable animals they’ve got on hand that not only warm the hearts of visitors, but help prune and organically fertilize the fields.

Robertson also visits SCAA member, Kona Joe Coffee, also in Kainaliu. Kona Joe has made a name for itself industry-wide with owner Joe Alban’s patented trellis growing method for coffee cherries. Robertson writes that “the trees develop with more uniform sun exposure resulting in more even ripening of the coffee cherry… [and] hand harvesting is facilitated because ripe cherries develop within easy reach of pickers.”

Finally, Robertson traveled to the Kona Coffee & Tea Company’s retail outlet to talk to Director of Operations, Malia Bolton. There she learned about the diversity and complexity of the coffee industry in Kona and how it truly is what Robertson calls a “tapestry.” The standards of the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival, in which all of the aforementioned companies participate, are on par with that of the wine industry. The festival itself does a great job of promoting and honoring coffee culture in the Kona area of Hawaii and we are glad to see that SCAA members are a vital part of that culture.

If you happen to be in town for the festival this year, on the big island and can stop by any, or if you’ve already to been to one of these great establishments, please drop us a line and let us know about your experiences.