Kona Coffee as a Tourist Draw

Many tourists come to the island of Hawaii because they are drawn to Agriculture Tourism and Kona Coffee. The annual Kona Coffee Festival is the oldest Food Festival in Hawaii and is held annually during early November.  For more information, go to http://konacoffeefest.com/ A  County of Hawaii sponsored Kona Coffee driving map  and coffee farm…

The “Kona Blend” Issue

The KCFA is NOT against blending. Blending is a roaster’s art to produce just the flavor his customer wants. What the KCFA DOES object to is LABELING of a 90% foreign coffee in a bag as a “Kona blend”. It is inherently deceptive to use the “Kona” name for 90% foreign-grown coffee. It is a…

Kona Coffee Farmer Costs

The Kona Coffee farmer farms under the US Department of Agriculture regulations, paying employees a fair wage, adhering to all the rules & regulations. The Kona Coffee farmer is an independent farmer, paying taxes, health insurance, property insurance etc Land is expensive in Hawaii Fuel and fertilizer etc. must be shipped long distances to get…

Bob Smith’s Fertiliser Distributor/Applicator Invention

Supplies Needed Beforehand Thin wall PVC Pipe, 1.5 inches in diameter, 21-24 inches long Two MacNut Bags (1 used for shoulder harness) Sash Cord for Harness – approximately 3 feet (or more) long Smaller diameter cord for securing PVC to bag – approximately 6 feet and also another 2 feet for securing bag to shoulder…

Coffee Mucilage

BEST PRACTICES: COFFEE MUCILAGE by Nancy Griffith (what I have learned as of Oct 18, 2006) After harvesting and removing the skins [pulping] of coffee cherry, the mucilage needs to be removed from the seed.  The soft and slippery mucilage is actually the fruit of the coffee, as opposed to the skin and the seed. …

Small Scale On-Farm Processing

BEST PRACTICES: Small Scale On-Farm Processing by Kenneth Sheppard 1/10/05. The following is my collective wisdom from having processed coffee on this site for about 8 years. Feel free to disagree with or ignore any of it. This workshop is to help facilitate the free exchange of ideas. The Pioneer Farmers got things just about…

Pruning Practices

BEST PRACTICES: PRUNING PRACTICES (Presentation by Bob Smith) Coffee beans form on last year’s growth.  Three years growth on the vertical gives the maximum crop. Remove suckers on bent over verticals Beaumont-Fukunaga prunes every third row to the stump, permitting more space and light and thus better yield per tree.  This works well for new plantings. …