This will be my third trip to Hawaii. My first was to the Big Island and to the island of Kauai. Both of those islands are renowned for producing amazing coffee. The more recognized of the two is the Big Island, where the region of Kona produces some of the most esteemed coffee in the world. But I was pleasantly surprised on that trip to learn just how amazing Kauai coffee is as well. A trip like that is a great opportunity to visit an actual coffee farm, and buy coffee as fresh as you’ll ever find it unless you grow it yourself!
On my second trip to Hawaii, just this year, I travelled with the owner and general manager of London, Canada’s Fire Roasted Coffee as we toured coffee farms in Kona, sampled their amazing coffees, and leaving with several pounds of it.
On my next trip, I’ll be visiting the Hawaiian island of Maui for the first time. Maui contains many of the same elements that make Kona and Kauai coffee great, namely a tropical climate and volcanic soil. The climate is key to growing coffee, and the soil is full of minerals that translate into rich flavor in the coffee. While in Maui, we’ll be visiting Ka’anapali Estate, home of MauiGrown coffee, and learning more about what makes Maui coffee unique, particularly the popular Maui Mokka coffee.
Stay tuned! I’m so excited for this trip, and excited to once again visit coffee origin. I encourage you as you visit coffee producing countries to take some time to visit a farm. If not for a full-fledged tour, then at least to pick up some very fresh coffee!