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2012 Coffees of the Year Winners' Logo

After five years of trying, we finally earned a top spot in the 2012 Roasters Guild Coffees of the Year competition — the largest annual contest for green coffee. The chances of winning were very slim this year: Coffee producers from 26 countries submitted more than 250 entries from the 2011/2012 crop. Experienced judges cupped … Continue reading

Rusty’s Influence, in Life and Death


When I explain our meticulous methods for crafting artisanal coffee, customers often say, “That’s a lot of work. What keeps you motivated?” I think of the hours it takes to select the ripest coffee cherries from every harvest. Or remember Mom’s instructions for drying honey coffee by hand: Rake the beans to expose them to … Continue reading

Lorie Obra has top score in the HCA’s 2011 competition

Lorie Obra with 2011 HCA award

For the second year in a row, we took the top score at the Hawaii Coffee Association’s statewide cupping competition! The winning coffee: Our Kenya-style Red Bourbon. We’re delighted — and relieved — that Lorie’s experiments with Kenya-style processing paid off. This method, popular in Kenya, is modified for our climate. It took a year-and-a-half … Continue reading

Roast magazine’s primer on coffee processing


It’s too bad, really, that few coffee lovers understand the work behind their favorite drink. We’re not talking about roasting and brewing coffee. Rather, we’re talking about the transformation of coffee seeds into beans ready for roasting. So we thank our friend, Shawn Steiman, for writing this article in Roast magazine. He explains coffee processing … Continue reading

The 2011 USBC: A win for Pete Licata and Hawaiian coffee

Team Hawaii celebrating with Pete Licata

Days after Pete Licata’s big win at the 2011 United States Barista Championship, we’re still smiling and hugging. After all, Pete wasn’t competing just for himself. As the first to prevail at any national barista championship using 100% Hawaiian coffee, he also upheld the state’s honor. We couldn’t be happier for Pete. His second-place finishes … Continue reading

Kaʻu coffee inspires Alan Wong’s “The Blue Tomato”

cover of Alan Wong's cookbook, "The Blue Tomato"

Of all the ideas in Alan Wong’s sweeping new cookbook, the quote above stands out to us. We can attest: Alan practices what he preaches — and we’re grateful he’s a friend to Hawaiian agriculture. Flip through the book, and you’ll learn how Kona Cold Lobsters pampers its products before sending them to Alan. Or … Continue reading

Lorie Obra wins the 2010 HCA cupping competition

Winner: 2010 Hawaii Coffee Association's statewide cupping competition

A few weeks after the Speciality Coffee Association of Europe named Lorie its 2010 Outstanding Producer, more news arrived that made her gasp: She won the annual statewide cupping competition! It took more than a week to select the winning lot of coffee. Lorie pulled samples from the best lots, then she and Miguel roasted … Continue reading

Coffee, from farm to table, in HONOLULU magazine

Photo of Joan and Miguel in Honolulu Magazine

As the saying goes, “Lucky we live Hawaii.” Our state is the only one in the country that produces coffee commercially — and the growth of coffee farmers on various islands means a nice selection of beans to try. Lavonne Leong explores this Hawaiian coffee scene for HONOLULU, teaching readers how coffee travels from farm … Continue reading

In Modern Luxury Hawaiʻi, coffee is glamorous

"Lorie Obra and Alan Wong"

When acclaimed restaurateur Alan Wong picked Lorie for a farm-to-table story in Modern Luxury Hawaiʻi, she was thrilled. Alan was the first chef to feature our Kaʻu Classic Dark Roast on his menu, so we have a soft spot for him. But that’s not the only reason Lorie was excited. The photo shoot allowed her … Continue reading

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