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Harvest time at Maui Coffee Farms

It was an amazing day for Agriculture in West Maui at Piliani Kope Farm and Kaanapali Coffee Farms.

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The Coffee cherries were ripe for the harvest.

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Got a glimpse of the coffee harvesters in action and the abundant coffee cherries here ready

to be transported to the mill for sorting, washing, pulping and drying.

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What a beautiful sight to see millions of MauiGrown Coffee cherries.

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Above we see cacao and the lovely Piliani Kope Farm where coffee is hand picked just as

it is done in Kona for a hundred years.

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Greg Stille, President of Maui Coffee Association and The Hawaii Coffee Association,

shows us the next node where a coffee cherry will bud on the tree.

The land is rich in diversity and life.
We’d love to share this with you…

 

~ Marilyn

 

Marilyn Jansen Lopes
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MauiGrown Coffee at Ka`anapali

The famed Maui Mokka, Red Catuai (Cat-Y-ee), and Yellow Caturra

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We’ll be sampling these coffee cherries on the farm tour at K`aanapali Fresh “A Culinary Experience” Saturday September 1, 9 AM- 12PM

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I’ll be giving the history of coffee from its origin in Ethiopia and migration to Yemen where it was first cultivated over a thousand years ago. Do you know how coffee was discovered?

 

That’s Jeff Ferguson above pictured next to a coffee harvester. It’s amazing how the rods spin among the coffee branches to shake the cherries loose where they fall into a hopper and an elevator takes them to the top to be transported by trailer to the mill.

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It’s an amazing story of betrayal, love and legends that have been made about whole crops being destroyed and a single plant creating the future plants of all Central America, Brazil and Hawaii.

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Maui is making history this very moment with our developing region of Ka`anapali where four varieties of coffee that are perfectly suited to the hot, dry conditions of West Maui are thriving. The Maui Mokka, Red Catuai, Yellow Caturra and Typicas, Progeny 502 and 6661 are thriving because of the efforts of James “Kimo” Falconer bringing the coffee plants back to health since they were abandoned in 2001 and left only on continuous irrigation.

 

It’s very exciting to delve deeper into the history of coffee. As I study the information I’m taken on a journey from Ethiopia where coffee is native, 50 miles away across the Red Sea to Yemen where coffee was first cultivated. From Yemen coffee Arabica was taken to the Dutch East Indies in the 1690’s where coffee plants were smuggled out of Arabia Felix (the ancient name for Yemen which means “fortunate Arabia” named for its fertile area). The Port of Al Mokha is actually what the Mokka is named after. The region of its birthplace is Ethiopia but today the Mokka variety is grown in Yemen at 10,000 feet. On Maui it does well at 500 feet above sea level in Ka`anapali.

 

The single coffee plant that barely survived the journey was brought to the New World by a French Army officer to a Martinique plantation and that plant produced the seeds and cuttings that would produce coffee in the Caribbean, Central America, South America and eventually Hawai`i.

 

I love how a French Lieutenant wanted some beans from the Governor of French Guiana ( in South America ) but was turned down, so he sweet talked the Governor’s wife who gave him the beans. Brazil became the producer of a third of the world’s coffee due to the favorable climate.

 

Thirteen hundred years later coffee comes full circle when it returned to Africa via the newly built Uganda Railway to Kenya. White settlers were encouraged to plant and Nairobi became a coffee growing area with Mombasa as the major port.

 

If you’re not signed up for the Ka`anapali Fresh Farm Tour see the link at Ka`anapaliFresh. We’ll be making several stops in the various fields at Ka`anapali Coffee Estate, tasting coffee cherries, meeting the man who made it possible, James “Kimo” Falconer, filming, photographing, then passing through the coffee mill for an overview of the processing from cherries being washed, pulped, dried, sorted and prepared for
export in 100 lb. bags of green beans. If you miss our tour you can visit the Farmers Market 7-11 at The Whalers Village in Ka`anapali.

 

It’s going to be a beautiful, agricultural morning, from seed to cup and we’ll be having wonderful light refreshments  at the MauiGrown Coffee Company Store where guests will be exploring the historical smoke stack, the original sugar cane train, photos of the old Pioneer Mill, sampling MauiGrown Coffee on the Lanai and viewing the story of coffee inside where they can purchase and ship green, roasted, whole beans and ground 100 % MauiGrown coffee.

 

It’s so exciting to be a part of history in the making. I look forward to seeing you and sharing Ka`anapali’s Agricultural Beauty.

 

~ Marilyn

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MauiGrown Coffee Kaanapali Roast

Getting ready to share Kaanapali’s Agricultural Beauty at #KFreshMaui on Saturday, September 1, 2012 9-Noon

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We’re hosting the Farm tour for 50 people, mostly media persons who have come to write about the Ka’anapali Fresh Culinary Event.
James “Kimo” Falconer is responsible for resurrecting the farm and establishing the brand “MauiGrown Coffee” in 2003. He’ll be on the farm to meet everyone on the tour.

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Can’t wait to get Into the field and see the coffee trees ripe for harvest. We’ll be sampling coffee cherries in the Maui Mokka section of the Kaanapali Coffee Estates. Maui Mokka is gaining world wide recognition.

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These are coffees packaged and ready to ship at the MauiGrown Coffee Company Store in Lahaina by the famous Old Pioneer Mill Smokestack.

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There are four types of coffee grown on the 500 acre coffee estate. Red Catuai, Yellow Caturra, Typica and Mokka.

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The tour is nearly sold out and we’re thrilled to be a part of Kaanapali Fresh a Culinary Event. It’s all about the culture, food, farms and coffee. After touring the Coffee Estates and climbing up to the viewing platform for photos overlooking all of Kaanapali we’ll head to the MauiGrown Coffee Company Store to get an overview of the mill where the coffee is processed, then sample coffees, shop, see the behind the scenes story of coffee and enjoy wonderful refreshments on the lanai and in the shade by the Old Pioneer Sugar Mill landmark. Sitting there you feel a touch of old Maui. It’s really nice…

 

Hope to see you in Ka’anapali…

 

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Marilyn Jansen Lopes
http://Mauicountryfarmtours.com

Maui Coffee is happening!

 

I know it’s been a while but here we are with a beautiful visual of our recent West Maui Coffee Tour. I was asked by Stephanie Hua of @lickmyspoon to share our West Maui Coffee Tour. She was here for the Kapalua Food and Wine festival and she will feature us on her blog. It was a gorgeous day at Piliani Kope Farm with Greg Stille. Susy was busy with another group tour so we coordinated our private tour with Greg and received an in- depth educational tour on coffee from field to cup. We sampled cacao straight from the pod.
Cacao
My guests were thrilled to tromp through the field with Greg learning about perma culture and sustainable farming practices on a two-acre organic coffee farm. Stephanie’s husband David @Hua was blown away by the view and how Greg uses plants to aerate the soil and funnel water and nutrients to the coffee roots. Every plant has its purpose to work symbiotically  either by attracting bees to pollinate the coffee flowers or to nourish the soil.
After a lovely lunch prepared by Whole Foods Market Kahului and fresh Papaya from our garden, MauiGold pineapple from @KulaFields we headed up to the barn to roast coffee. Stephanie bagged coffee and labeled the finished product as David filmed the experience. I filmed them. They were lovely and Greg Stille is an amazing man with a passion for growing coffee and the entire process. Greg is also president of the Maui Coffee Association. He and Susy have created  a beautiful farm that everyone who wants to get closer to the land on Maui should experience.

Kanaka Kope Coffee

Greg Stille and Stephanie Hua

After Piliani Kope Farm we traveled to the amazing five hundred acre Ka`anapali Coffee Estate and as you’ll see in the video above, it is huge in comparison to the intimate family farm but also a great adventure to see acres and acres of coffee growing above the resorts of Ka`anapali Beach. Just minutes away from the ocean you can be at 600 ft. amid thousands of coffee trees. MauiGrown Coffee is sold all over the world in 100 lb. bags ready to roast.  We visited Jeff Ferguson at the MauiGrown Coffee Company Store by the big old Pioneer Mill Tower. You can’t miss it in Lahaina.

 

So if you want to experience an amazing, beautiful tour call us at 808 283-9131

In the fall at the first full moon we’ll be harvesting coffee at Piliani Kope Farm.

Aloha,

~ Marilyn