Category Archives: kona coffee

City girls helping with coffee and nuts on Mahina Mele Farm

Last week two wonderful girls landed on our farm to work, Two girls with little to no experience actually working on a farm. They came positive and willing to learn, the two key traits that brings anyone to, a place of self growth and satisfaction. They have been pruning coffee, mulching, dragging branches, husking macadamia, sorting macadamias, etc. They have reminded me that what we are doing here is more than being farmers and growing certified organic macadamia nuts and kona coffee, fruit and vegies, etc…. we are here to teach what we know so that it may live within others the connection between our land and food, our resources, and greener living. I am so grateful for all our previous interns through the WWOOF program and friends of friends who have landed here to help in the growing process of the farm, we couldnt have done it without all of you!! and for the team we have here everyday. It takes a village. Much love to all of you Kollette and Jason

Kona Coffee loves the Rain

At 1700 ft above sea level we get the best of both worlds, shade from cloud coverage for the coffee and rain. 60+/- inches of year is perfect for coffee.. We have had lots of rain the past few days, the coffee flowers are bursting and lots of new growth.  As Im enjoying my Kona Rose Coffee right now while watching the best show ever, farm life….

beautiful coffee flowers

Here are a few photos of coffee in different stages of flowering. Coffee  (coffea arabica) is in the gardenia family, so not only are these flowers beautiful to look at, they have an incredible fragrance when fully open.   I mentioned that we refer to the fully-blooming coffee as Kona snow.  When the Kona snow is heavy the air is redolent with the delicious aroma of gardenia.   We’ve had about 7 seven rounds of flowering this spring and will probably have a few more between now and mid- June.  By then our coffee trees will settle down and get to the business of filling out all those plump, red cherries to be harvested this fall.

A farmer can never “count his chicks before they hatch”,  but from the looks of the spring flower, we will have a long and bountiful harvest this fall.  That means plenty of delicious Kona Rose Coffee to drink!

clusters of white coffee flowers about to open

coffee flowers about a day away from blooming.

a coffee tree in full bloom

here is a coffee tree in full bloom. this is one of many rounds of flowering that occur in the spring.

 

unopened coffee flowers

here is a healthy lateral branch on one of our coffee trees.