Kauai Estate Coffee

This 3400 acre estate has a great tasting room and a well-produced video on coffee growing and processing where we got our coffee fix (for free!). It takes quite the processing to clean, sort and roast the stuff. I guess the pest control is minimal, and it makes up for the trouble in processing hassle. Milo’s page has an absolutely adorable picture of him in the tasting room.

The plantation was converted from sugar to coffee in 1987, and they grow 5 main varieties of coffee. These ones have yellow cherries when ripe, instead of red. Every 4-7 years the plants are cut back severely, but no pruning besides that. They’re harvested with a mechanical blueberry harvester. They’re all drip irrigated. Very impressive. It’d be fun to be part of an estate team like that.

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