Local Grinds: A Taste of Hawai‘i’s Coffee Industry

July 19, 2016 @ 5:00 am – 6:30 am
Lyman Museum
276 Haili St
Hilo, HI 96720
Admission is free to Museum members, and $3.00 for nonmembers
Beautiful yellow coffee catura berries grown on the Rusty’s Hawaii coffee farm in Ka`u

Beautiful yellow coffee catura berries grown on the Rusty’s Hawaii coffee farm in Ka`u

From its introduction to the Islands by Chief Boki in 1825, through the first commercial plantations on Kaua‘i and Maui in the mid 19th century, to the start of the Ka‘ū industry in 1996, coffee has made its winning way into Hawai‘i’s agricultural and culinary economy—and into the palates and hearts of the world.  This evening we welcome Miguel Meza, a local expert on the coffee industry in general and in Hawai‘i’s coffee enterprises in particular.  If you’ve ever wondered about what goes into establishing a local coffee farm … the quality control points of making excellent coffee … and the unique challenges and opportunities of growing and marketing Hawaiian coffees, you’ll want to attend this presentation!  Miguel has worked for more than 15 years in multiple facets of the coffee industry—as roaster, buyer, exporter, and quality consultant—advising such award-winning farms Hula Daddy Kona Coffee and Rusty’s Hawaiian Ka‘ū Coffee, as well as operating two of his own companies.  Tonight he gives us an overview of the basic considerations, and (literally) a taste of the final reward.

Admission to these wonderful programs is free to Museum members, and $3.00 for nonmembers.  Please support the Museum by becoming a member, and enjoy all Saigo Series programs, all year round, at no charge!  Seating is limited. 

Additional parking next door at Hilo Union School, Kapiolani St. entrance; park, then walk through our green gate in the rock wall. (See map)

Doors open at 6:30PM.  First come, first seated.  E komo mai!