Hawaii Ka'u Moa'ula
Our Ka'u coffee is grown just a couple miles northwest of the town of Pahala., in the big island, on a land that was until 1996 a sugarcane plantation. When the sugar plantation closed, the company offered long term leases to the sugar mill workers and encouraged them to plant coffee and pear trees. About 280 acres are currently producing in this area called Moa'ula. Elevations of this area where coffee is grown. vary from 400-650m. The lowest elevation farms will begin harvest in august and continue through the winter. the highest elevation farms will begin harvest in Dec/January and continue until summer.
So we have freshly harvested coffee year-round. there are around 40 growers tending the Moa'ula properties currently. Like Kona, almost all the coffee grown here is typica, with a few Caturra and Maragogype varietals. Each grower processes their own coffee in their backyards in the towns of Pahala and Naalehu. cherry is pulped and fermented in large plastic tubs overnight. then dried on raised screens. once coffees are dried the parchment is stored in Grainpro bags. Our small lot is the joint product of a few growers in the are that provided their coffees to our dear friend Ralph Gaston, a former journalist and now outstanding quality master producer in Hawaii. Ralph had it processed in a mill in Kona, nearby famous area for coffee as well and air shipped it right away to us after milling to make sure we have it as fresh and quick as possible.