Turn the Ka‘u District of the Big Island into a celebrated coffee region. After Rusty’s death, his wife, Lorie Obra, devoted their farm, mill and roastery to artisanal quality. Rusty’s Hawaiian has won honors for producing and roasting coffee — and now showcases exceptional beans from multiple Hawaiian regions.
Several Rusty’s Hawaiian coffees have earned 95-point scores in Coffee Review: The World’s Leading Coffee-Buying Guide. Lorie Obra is one of ten worldwide winners of the 2012 Roasters Guild Coffees of the Year Competition. She is also the Grand Champion of the Hawaii Coffee Association’s 2011 and 2010 statewide cupping competitions and received the Speciality Coffee Association of Europe’s 2010 Outstanding Producer award.