New! (December 12, 2007)
We're not sure how much the rest of the country hears about Hawaii, especially the weather. Over the last two weeks we have had several severe thunderstorms. Lightning strikes and land slides caused power outages. The agricultural community has been hit hard in places all over the islands. We here at Makahiki Farms have been very lucky. Our trees withstood the 50 mile per hour winds and pounding rain and are doing okay. The next round of harvest is looking fine and is ripe and ready to be picked early next week. We had some trouble with our computer equipment due to the lightning strikes and power surges, but a new ethernet card and diligent backups saved us. Mahalo to our loyal customers who were patient about getting responses to email.
The roast-to-order program is going great and keeping me very busy. We hope the holiday orders fresh from the farm make your giftees very happy. I've been watching the tracking information from the postal service and they are doing a great job this year of getting packages from Hawaii to the mainland in a timely fashion. If you still need some gifts for your coffee-loving friends and family, get those orders in soon so we can get them roasted and shipped in time.
New! (November 1, 2007)
The harvest is going quite well. We've picked four times so far and the last of the fourth round is on the drying deck right now. Processing the coffee ourselves right here on the farm is going well. It is time consuming but it is good to have control over the quality and to be able to see the results of the picking.
Jonathan and I often attend seminars put on by the University of Hawaii Extension office CTAHR and those sponsored by the Kona Coffee Council, the farm bureau and so forth. One thing we have learned that we want to pass on to you, the consumer, is that not all farms are attentive to quality. For example, in a recent class on coffee drying and storage, a small estate farmer admitted that he just leaves his green coffee in the burlap bag on the ground under his house. Yikes. Other farms are not growing any coffee at all and just buy cherry from other farms and put their label on it. Some take their cherry to be processed by others and may or may not get their own beans back.
So my advice to you is to do some research and get to know about the farm you patronize. Our coffee is all grown right here on our property. We pulp it, dry it and store the parchment without it ever leaving the premises. We store our coffee in an insulated, off-the-ground, climate controlled storage room that is air conditioned where we can track the temperature and humidity. We utilize one mill for hulling and grading that we trust. We have a detailed paper trail for all our coffee and that paper trail is submitted monthly to the Hawaii Department of Agriculture. We also have all our green coffee state certified. The state requires that all green Kona coffee must be certified by the Department of Agriculture before it can legally leave the district of Kona. We certify all our coffee, including what we roast, even though that is not required by law.
And hey! We also love to show people around so if you are in Kona or planning a trip and want a personal farm tour, just drop us a line or give us a call. We really enjoy meeting fellow coffee lovers and talking story.
New! (August 22, 2007)
We had our first picking round of the season about two weeks ago and it went very well. It was the largest first round we've ever had. The next round will be in a week or so and is going to be huge. The branches are loaded up and lots of ripe cherry is ready to be picked.
We were very diligent about preparing for Hurricane Flossie. We got our batteries and food and water all set and put away all the farm equipment. Flossie didn't end up giving a bit of wind or rain but we are glad we were prepared. I was worried about the coffee and that she might knock off all that beautiful cherry or damage the branches or trees. We were very lucky.
New! (July 31, 2007)
2007 Season is Looking Fabulous
The trees are ripening slowly this year due to increased rain and cloud cover. That means the beans are getting big and full so the quality is going to be very high. The trees have a few bright red "cherries" right now and quite a bit is starting to turn. The picking crew is ready to go. Our coffee trees are very healthy with lots of dark green leaves that support the heavy fruit growth. They have been getting plenty of moisture and fertilizer. We firmly believe that healthy trees produce the best Kona coffee.
I can't believe it's almost time to start harvesting again. I was
out on the ATV doing some irrigation repairs and noticed several
trees with ripening cherry. My guess is there will be enough to
start picking in a couple weeks.
orchard is looking fantastic. The trees are healthy and green and
loaded with fruit. We did some hand weeding and cleaned up suckers
this week. The verticals are quite strong this year and seem to
be holding up under the weight of the cherry. We haven't had to
prop up very many with bamboo so far. I credit this to the good
picking crew we had last year. They were gentle with our trees.
& I will fertigate today and next week we will have foliar fertilizer
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really is something new. We bought a small half- pound roaster about
six months ago and have been working at getting the roast profiles
just right. So now we can roast it for you on demand. We still prefer
the medium-dark roast for our coffee, but several of our customers
prefer it a little darker. Roast to order means your coffee will
be at its absolute freshest when it gets to your door.
orchard is doing very well this year. The weather has been very
cooperative so far, although it has been somewhat dry. We are irrigating
to supplement the natural rainfall. The trees are very healthy and
are looking like they will bear quite high yields of coffee cherry
this coming harvest season.
have been mowing the grass this week and will begin doing some suckering
and vertical selection in the next few days.
to the small harvest in 2006-2007, our peaberry is in limited supply.
We have not raised the price. However there may not be enough to
last until the next season's harvest is ready to be milled. So when
it's gone, it's gone. We'll try to give some prior warning when
the supply gets really low and will mark the order page.
hope you are having a good Spring and enjoying the holidays. We
hate to rub it in but today is an absolutely gorgeous day in paradise.
We hope that you are enjoying some good weather and happy times
with family and friends. Aloha!
finished putting together a gift basket for the Kona
Outdoor Circle's Pua Plantasia benefit auction. The basket
has two half-pound packs of whole bean (one each Extra Fancy and
Estate), four two-ounce ground, two bistro coffee mugs and a Makahiki
Farms t-shirt. The event is March 9 & 10 at the Sheraton Keauhou
Bay Resort. If you are on the island, please stop by and bid. It's
for a good cause - the preservation and beautification of our paradise
pruning went well and was done with perfect timing. There was a
big flowering right about the same time the pruning of the orchard
was completed and the buds had a chance to set before the wind storms
came to the Big Island. The newly pruned trees are also sporting
less leafy growth so there wasn't much surface area to get caught
by the wind. The orchard weathered the high winds very well, without
breakage or downed trees.
morning we checked and there is another good set of buds about to
open within the next week. The rain we received right after the
windy weather probably triggered this flowering. As long as the
damaging storms stay away, we should have a good crop ripening about
6 to 8 months from now.
pulped and dried our last picking round of nearly 1500 pounds of
cherry in mid-January. The mill worked great. There are a few more
things to refine before the next harvest season, but I'm sure that
will always be the case. The parchment was milled and graded this
week and Jonathan just went to pick up the certified green coffee
as I type this.
Valentine's day is next week, we don't have much time to get your
sweetie some Makahiki Farms coffee before the 14th. Call our toll
free number and we can arrange expedited shipping. (Federal Express
needs a minimum of 2 days to ship from Hawaii Island.)
What's New! (January
it is, 2007 already. Jonathan has put in a great deal of effort
over the last few weeks putting together our pulping mill. We have
been pulping and reworking things this week during our last harvest
for the season. This morning we were able to spread the first day's
coffee on the drying deck and then pulped the coffee picked yesterday.
It went quite well and we've made some notes for a few things to
tweak before the 2007 harvest season begins. The pickers should
be all done this afternoon so we will be pau for the year.
pruning crew is scheduled to be here tomorrow to begin pruning.
We do Kona-style pruning which means one vertical is removed leaving
three to produce fruit this year. That also leaves space for a new
vertical to grow which will be a bearing vertical the year after.
This round-robin technique keeps the verticals getting plenty of
sunshine for bearing fruit. Pruning in general helps to keep the
tree from over bearing and getting too big or bushy. Although the
trunk can get quite old, the rotation of new verticals on our trees
means they are no older than 4 years. This young tissue is strong
and is what produces the coffee fruit called cherry.
just finished up the paperwork for our retail web coffee business
and will be making our contribution to the Susan
G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in the next week. We tally
up all the 8 ounce packs of coffee we sold over the calendar year
and donate $1 for each. Thank you so much for your support.
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