In 2010, the unexpected opportunity emerged to buy a small coffee farm in a disregarded region of Hawaii. With little to lose, we thought, “Why not?” As we integrated with the community of farmers and sampled coffees from around Hawaii, we were surprised by the variety and regions that largely gets overshadowed. We wanted to change that.
Over the next two years we taught ourselves to farm, process and roast. We tested and tasted the differences between coffee processes, cultivars, regions and roast profiles. Our end-goal was always the same: the objectively best coffee we could produce from our land. When we found methods and profiles that produced good results, we worked with neighboring farmers to do the same and began sourcing their coffees as well.
To our surprise, our efforts began paying off.
In 2013 our Puna coffee won Grand Champion in the Hawaii Coffee Association’s Statewide Cupping Competition, and became the first farm outside of Kona & Ka'u to win the esteemed award. The same year the USDA honored our efforts to improve East Hawaii’s coffee quality by awarding us a grant to purchase coffee grading equipment, so that we could help neighboring farmers add value by improving their quality as well. Later that year we were awarded a Hawaii Senate Certificate for "putting Puna on the map" and working to elevate the quality of neighboring farms. And as the year closed, our Honeyed Yellow Caturra coffee placed in Coffee Review’s “30 Top Coffees of 2013”.
Today, Kelleigh is one of Hawaii's few Arabica Q-Graders, and we serve on the board of directors for the Hawaii Coffee Association – Hawaii’s largest organization serving all islands and industries, from cherry to cup. Our handmade Hawaiian coffees have been praised for their artisanship by the likes of Coffee Review, Honolulu Magazine, Edible Hawaiian, Brutus, UPROXX, Island Air, The San Franciscan Chronicle and more. And Kelleigh was honored in 2017 for being being one of Hawaii's Top 40 Under 40.
Since moving, our lives have been full of challenge, sweat, adventure, discipline and persistent learning.
A love for wild and beautiful places brought us to the Big Island. Respect for the terrain and appreciation for the farmers who craft from it has kept us here. And each of our customers have made it possible for small farms like ours to continue doing what we love to do: growing & roasting Hawaii’s great coffees.