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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

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

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

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

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