New! (April 27, 2011)
It's great to be on the farm in the spring time. We are having quite a bit of rain in the afternoons, but our mornings have been spectacularly beautiful. It has been sunny and exceptionally clear so our views of the ocean and the coastline are stellar.
We have had no damage or consequences here at our farm from volcanoes nor tsunamis nor earthquakes.
The orchard was fertilized in February and we continue to fertigate every three weeks. The trees look great and had bushed up quite a bit. The crew was in and de-suckered the whole orchard, selecting several new shoots to remain as potential new verticals. We will select from these remaining ones in a few weeks when it is time to de-sucker again.
The grass and weeds have been a bit "overly happy" with the return of the rains. Jonathan mowed the whole orchard though it took quite a bit more time than usual since the growth had gotten pretty thick. I mowed the roads and perimeter. The crew was here also to do some weed control within the rows. It continues to cloud up and rain each afternoon and so I will need to mow the roads and perimeter of the orchard again in the next week or so.
Jonathan just applied another round granular fertilizer over the weekend. We also had a crew in last week to prune our monkey pod trees. These are great shade trees but are getting very large and need the canopy raised in order for the coffee beneath them to get more sunlight. It is also time to do our annual soil and leaf samples. The analysis gives us a reading on how we are doing with our nutrients over the past year and whether we need to tweak things. It's on my list for next week.
Overall, our orchard is quite healthy and it looks like we will have a good upcoming crop.
SCAA booth will feature Makahiki Farms coffee
The Specialty Coffee Association of America is having its annual Symposium and Exposition in Houston this weekend. Our coffee is going to be featured in two venues. The Kona Coffee Council's booth will showcase our coffee by serving samples of our Extra Fancy Sunshine! roast. There is also a cupping of 100% Kona coffees hosted by Dr. Shawn Steiman of Coffea Consulting that will allow participants to critically sample several Kona coffees including ours.
Sale Bin Announcements on FaceBook & Twitter
Just a reminder to keep an eye our our Facebook page and twitter. When we roast we often have coffee in excess of what we need for shipments. For example, I occasionally roast extra fancy and realize that I need peaberry. Most often what happens is we do a 3 pound batch when we need 3 half pound bags leaving 3 more left over. When we have these overruns from roasting, we tweet and post a status update. We offer them at a great discount and they usually go pretty fast.
Swiss Water Process® 100% Kona Decaf!
Makahiki Farms is pleased to offer 100% Kona Extra Fancy Coffee decaffeinated using the Swiss Water Process®. The decaffeination process requires very large quantities of coffee to be shipped to Canada so our 100% Kona green decaf coffee is sourced from a larger farm; however, we personally roast-to-order and package each batch. It is very unusual to find 100% Kona Extra Fancy as decaffeinated, so we are pleased to offer this ultimate decaffeinated product. Folks who enjoy a good cup of Kona coffee deserve to have the good stuff even if they can't do caffeine.