Stroll With Me in Hawaii: My Kauai Coffee Walking Tour

patranila stands beside kauai coffee walking tour sign

Coffee brings me great joy. In fact, on most days I’m lost without it. Naturally, when I hopped across the ocean to Kauai this summer, I absolutely had to take a tour of the Kauai Coffee Company. I needed to experience my Morning Joe’s origin story if you will.

So, I toured and I tasted and then promptly proceeded to buy all the coffee I could carry. Yes, I’m obsessive. But if you’ve ever tasted 100% Kona Hawaiian coffee, you will know why. I regret nothing!

kona hawaiian coffee service
100% pure Kona Hawaiian coffee is the most delicious coffee I’ve ever tasted.
rich kona coffee beans with scoop of grounds

I bought a few 24-ounce bags of the Single Origin Estate Grown Medium Roast and several pounds of the Mamalahoa Kona (pictured above). This particular brand of Kona is not produced by Kauai Coffee however, their Single Origin Estate is delicious as well. Not as full-bodied as the Kona, but it’s perfect for easy morning sipping.

kauai coffee single origin estate grown medium roast
This went quickly as well! Yum!

Kauai Coffee Company Walking Tour

patranila stands beside kauai coffee walking tour sign

To start off, I’m embarrassed to say that as much as I love coffee, I had no idea what a coffee tree looked like or how much coffee a single tree produces. But let the learning begin!

rows of coffee trees in kauai hawaii
kauai coffee trees detail
mahalo trees coffee production sign

Our tour guide was incredible! She had a deep love for Kauai and a passion for its people and products that was infectious. She encouraged us to come back in the spring when the trees would be in bloom. I’m working on it!

kauai coffee tour guide shows trees
coffee beans on the vine
coffee beans before roasting

Kauai Coffee Varietals

types of coffee grown on kauai farm

Kauai Coffee grows five different varietals of coffee on their 3100-acre farm. They grow three beans from Brazil, one from Guatemala, and one from Jamaica.

With over four million coffee trees, they are the largest coffee grower in the United States.

Brazilian Varietals

  • Yellow Catuai. A medium roast, mellow coffee with a slight sweetness and delicate body.
  • Red Catuai. A medium roast with a mild body and a smooth, sweet finish.
  • Mundo Novo. A dark roast with robust body and smoky finish.

Guatemalan Varietal

  • Tyipca. Grown in the Kona region on the Big Island, it is a medium roast with a dry, even body and pleasant sharpness.

Jamaican Varietal

  • Blue Mountain. Hailing from the island of Jamaica, this bean produces a uniquely well-balanced malty flavor with fruity notes.

From The Tree to Your Cup

Once upon a time, coffee was picked by hand. Now, we have the magical, mystical coffee harvester! Driven by a human, the harvester travels over and through the trees shaking the ripe beans from the vine. The trees are kept at a precise height to accommodate the harvester.

kauai coffee harvester machine
The harvester roams the rows of trees culling beans from the branches without damaging the trees.

The mechanism looks so cool!

coffee bean harvester close up

Then comes the drying of the beans. How’s this for solar powered energy!

coffee beans drying in the sun
Beans are dried by the sun before roasting.

Storing Your Coffee At Home

One of the big lessons for the day was to never store your coffee in the refrigerator. Many on our tour were surprised to learn that coffee should be stored in the pantry. Why? Because coffee is a natural deodorizer and will absorb all the uh, fragrances in your refrigerator.

I’ll say I never did store coffee in the fridge but mainly because coffee doesn’t have time to go in the fridge at my house.

never put coffee in the fridge sign
Never store coffee in the refrigerator! Coffee is a natural deodorizer and will absorb all the odors in your fridge.

And so ended my walking tour of the Kauai Coffee Company! If you’re ever on the island, this tour is a must-do! In the meantime, drink up!

kona coffee beans ground and brewed

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2 Comments

  1. 14 January 2020 / 8:04 PM

    What an amazing visit! I love coffee and would love to visit this place.

    • Patranila
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      14 January 2020 / 8:14 PM

      It truly was fantastic! I learned so much.

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