We are wild coffee lovers. Our farm and roasting company grew from a penchant to explore our senses, develop our skills, and uncover remarkable things. With attention and taste, our mission is to weave the best coffees from Hawaii’s wild and beautiful places with fine craftsmanship and display.
BIG ISLAND, SMALL OPERATION
In 2010, the opportunity emerged to buy a small coffee farm in a disregarded, impoverished region of Hawaii. At 28 years old, and with nothing but time to lose, we thought, “Why not?” As we integrated with the community of farmers and sampled coffees from around the Big Island, we were surprised by the variety and quality that goes largely overshadowed. We wanted to change that.
Over three years we taught ourselves to cultivate, process and roast. Then we trialed and tasted the differences between coffee production experiments. Our end-goal was always the same: the objectively best coffee we could produce from our land. When we discovered methods and flavors we liked, we taught neighboring farmers to do the same and offered them higher wages for their coffees than they’d ever seen before.
To our amazement, last year our efforts began paying off. In July of 2013, our Puna coffee won first place in the Hawaii Coffee Association’s Statewide Cupping Competition and became the first non-Kona or Ka’u farm to do so. This same year, the USDA honored our efforts to boost high-quality coffee output by awarding us a grant for importing specialized coffee processing equipment. With this equipment we’re able to improve coffee quality, regional reputations, and livelihoods for farmers throughout east Hawaii island. And finally, as the year closed, one of the coffees we carefully grow earned #19 in a worldwide coffee review titled “30 Top Coffees of 2013″ (of over 400 reviewed!)
The past three years have been full of sweat, adventure, research and experimentation. What began as a charming coffee farm in the rainy jungle-town of Mountain View, has become an award-winning farm, micro-roaster and processing mill for boutique Hawaii coffees.
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 the repeated patronage and support from our customers (like you) has made this entire transformation possible. Mahalo.
The tenets of our approach to sourcing are aptly represented by one word: integrity. Our values, principles and methods are reflected in our work. We strive to exceed your expectations while remaining consistent in character and true to our intentions. Developing and maintaining strong relationships with producers and customers is integral to both our business and personal practices. We ensure the farmers and artisans we work with are appropriately compensated according to the value of their craft, and we promise you the best results of those endeavors because you deserve them.
Hawaii coffee is our passion and specialty. Because we personally produce coffee from seed through roast, we are keenly aware of the factors that create a superb cup. We exact very high standards for the coffees we offer so you are certain they are cultivated with care, harvested with a dedication to quality and processed with attention to detail. Meeting these criteria has proven to be quite challenging but immensely rewarding. We wouldn’t have it any other way. And we don’t think you should either.