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Kona Coffee…. back by popular demand

Award winning coffee

Named the top coffee at the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival’s cupping competition.

Limited Time Only, It was so popular we just received new shipment.

Kainaliu-Kona Coffee- This special coffee just roasted is available for a limited time. Place your order today! Only 85lbs available.
Kainaliu-Kona (ki-na-leo) coffees are grown on the western slopes of Mauna Loa. This is in the heart of the Kona growing region. Sheltered from the tradewinds and harsh tropical sun, the coffee is grown in the higher elevations. These coffee trees flourish in rich volcanic soil yielding some of the finest coffees in the world. The result is a smooth mellow coffee rich with body and pleasing to enjoy cup after cup.

Kanaliu Kona Coffee was named the top coffee at the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival’s cupping competition. The cupping competition was judged by head judge Sherri Johns, founder of WholeCup Coffee Consulting; Tonoko Nagase, UCC Ueshima Coffee Company (Japan); Andrew Hetzel, founder of CafeMakers, a global coffee industry consultancy; and John King, one of the oldest and most respected coffee importers in the country…
“It was silky smooth. That was the most impressive part of this farm’s entry. The coffee entry had a bright tartness to it, King said. I had a good idea of the entry throughout the finals but the entries are all numbered when we cup so we do not know names. But I know I liked it the first round and I know I liked it the second round as well.
Farm: Kainaliu-Kona Coffee Co.
Elevation: 4200 ft
Location:Western slopes of Mauna Loa, Captain Cook, HI
Process:Washed and sun dried
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Cupping Notes: Produces a smooth mellow coffee rich with body and flavor.

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Spotlight : Guatemalan Maya Ixil de Avelina

Cooperative Maya Ixil is situated in the mountains in the Ixcan region in the department of Quiche, Guatemala. With temperate climates, high altitudes and fertile valleys this combination shows up in the cup. It’s aroma and matching creamy smooth flavor leads to its’ pleasant finish.

At the farm level, technical crop improvements the community promoted has lead to producing  a high quality of coffee.  Maya Ixil’s coffee is grown under many lush shade trees that produce native fruits, as a result the animal species flourish. The emphasis on quality is always foremost for these farmers. Each farmer has a small hand de-pulper at their farmer. They de-pulp and dry their own coffee before bringing it to the Mayan Ixcan Cooperative. Many farmers are from the surrounding communities such as San Juan Cotzal, San Gaspar Chajul and Santa Maria Nebaj.

Since 1998, these farmers have been successful at gaining organic certification. The certification means a lot to their community. It not only improves the quality of life for the farmers, but helps the environment through sustainable agriculture techniques.  More than 125 Quiche families represent the Cooperative. They have helped provide greater opportunities for business growth by providing jobs and economic stability to their community.
Cupping notes: Sweet aroma, creamy smooth rich body, soft citrus and fruit notes, clean and pleasant finish.

Elevation: 7,0000 feet
Varietals: Bourbon, Caturra
Processing Method: Washed On-Site, Milled in Santa Avelina
Grade: Strictly hard bean
Harvest: December – March
Certifications: Fair Trade, Organic
Farm: Cooperative Maya Ixil

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4 Steps to Great Iced Tea

While Labor Day brings about the close of summer for most areas of the country, here in Arizona it’s still blazing hot! We’ve got fun fall flavors on the horizon, but who wants to drink hot tea when it’s 110 degrees? Not us!So in honor of all the warm-climate residents, we’re posting our favorite at-home iced tea brewing method so you can squeeze the last few drops out of summer.

  1. Place 6 teaspoons of tea into a teapot or heat-resistant pitcher.
  2. Pour 2-3 cups of freshly boiled water over the tea.*
  3. Steep for 4 minutes and then strain tea leaves. Also, if adding sweetener, do so now.
  4. Add cold water and ice to fill pitcher.
  5. Enjoy!

*Note: If using green or white tea, DO NOT pour boiling water over the leaves as this will make it bitter.  Instead, boil the water, remove it from the heat for 2 minutes, and then pour it.

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