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Rusty’s Influence, in Life and Death

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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

Meet Pete Licata, winner of the 2011 SWRBC

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When you see Pete Licata, what comes to mind? ‘Dat local kine’ barista guy from Kansas? ‘The Beard?’ Not me. I think of a quiet drive up to Rusty’s Hawaiian farm in March. That’s when I tagged along with Pete to get a peek behind the prep for the 2011 U.S. Barista Championship. Pete was … Continue reading

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

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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

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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