OUR HAWAIIAN TRIP included visits to three coffee farms -- Kau Coffee Mills, Greenwell Farms, and Hula Daddy's. All produced delicious Kona-style coffee grown on the volcanic slopes in Hawaii, and they ranged in size from small to large in acres and crop production. And all were fighting against a coffee boring beetle that threatens the crops.
Kau's coffee plant was closed for Sunday, but we self-toured the plant to visit the facilities and taste their samples of dark, medium, and light roasted beans.
The coffee bean is a pit inside the red cherry fruit. They're actually seeds that resemble true beans, and have two stones with their flat sides together. A small number of cherries have a single seed called a "peaberry" that is rumored to have more flavor... But opinions vary about that.
The smallest family farm was Hula Daddy's mill site. Their roaster could fit in our kitchen but was very productive in producing a limited quantity of quality coffee -- only available on Kona. So don't look for it at Costco!