Hawaii Grown, Hawaii Made: Kau Coffee Mill

Hawaii Grown, Hawaii Made: Kau Coffee Mill


♪ John: WSLCOME BACK TO “LIVING808”. KAU COFFEE MILL ON KAU ISLAND HAS FLOURISHED AND HAS BECOME ONE OF THE LEADING VENDORS OF COFFEE IN THE STATE. Lina: HAVING THE SEAL OF QUALITY ASSURES CUSTOMERS THE PRODUCT IS HAWAII GROWN, HAWAII MADE. AND AT ELEVATION AND THE WAY ITS GROWN MAKES IT SO SPECIAL. ♪ John: A TOTAL OF A EIGHT THOUSAND ACRES BUT KAU COFFEE MILL SITS ON 1700-ACRES AND IT IS GOOD. JOINS ME NOW ON “LIVING808”, LOUIS DANIELE, SALES AND MARKETING AND OWNER ED OLSON. TELL ME, COFFEE’S GOOD. THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME HAVE SOME. TELL ME WHAT THE DIFFERENCE IS. KAU COFFEE, A LITTLE BIT HIGHER ELEVATION. THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE? YES. THE ELEVATION MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE IN HOW OUR COFFEE IS GROWN. CERTAINLY, THE SOUTHERN EXPOSURE GIVES OUR BEANS A LITTLE HARDER QUALITY. OUR SOIL TYPES. WE HAVE ASH BASED SOILS WHICH OTHER REGIONS DON’T HAVE. WE HAVE 2 5EU F 255 FEET OF THIS. KAU IS KNOWN FOR HIGH QUALITY SUGAR. SAME HAS TRANSLATED INTO OUR COFFEE. VERY HIGH QUALITY COFFEE COMING OUT OF HERE. VERY HIGH YIELDS ALSO. John: PERFECT. ED, TELL ME WHY YOU STARTED THIS WHOLE THING. WHY IS KAU COFFEE HERE? WE HAD THIS PROPERTY. WE BOUGHT FROM THE OLD BREWER COMPANY. I WAS VERY FORTUNATE. I WAS ABLE TO BUY MANY THOUSANDS OF ACRES. AND I SAID I WANT TO PUT IT BACK TO WORK. I WANT TO PROVIDE SOME EMPLOYMENT FOR THE FORMER SUGAR WORKERS IN THE AREA. THERE WERE COFFEE FARMERS. COFFEE MOSTLY WENT UP TO KONA. I SAID, THIS IS GOOD COFFEE. IT SHOULD HAVE ITS OWN COFFEE MILL. I PUT THIS MILL TOGETHER AND IT’S WORKED OUT VERY WELL. John: YOU’RE PART OF A PROGRAM THAT HELPS YOU, AS IT DOES MANY OTHERS. SEAL OF QUALITY. HAWAII GROWN, HAWAII MADE PRODUCTS. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE. HOW HAS THIS PROGRAM HELPED YOU? FROM A SALES STANDPOINT, ANY TIME THAT YOU CAN ADD THAT EXTRA IN THERE TO HELP PEOPLE REALIZE THIS PRODUCT IT FULLY GROWN IN HAWAI’I, FULLY MANUFACTURED IN HAWAI’I. SEAL OF QUALITY PROGRAM HAS HELPED US TREMENDOUSLY. PEOPLE EXPECT HIGH QUALITY MATERIAL FROM HERE. AND THAT SEAL OF QUALITY HELPS THEM TO RECOGNIZE THE VERY HIGH QUALITY COFFEE THAT IS IN EVERY BAG. John: WHAT IS YOUR PROCEDURE FIRST? QUALITY FOR YOUR SEAL OF QUALITY? WHAT IS THAT? IT STARTS FROM WHEN WE PICK THE RIGHT RED CHERRY OFF THE TREES. EVERYTHING IS HAND PICKED HERE. IT STARTS OFF WITH HOW WE PICK THE COFFEE INITIALLY. WE ONLY PICK IT WIN IT’S COMPLETELY RIPE. WE AWE ARE — PROCESS THAT EVERY EARRING. WE DON’T LET THAT SIT AROUND. WE DRY. IT WE’RE MONITORING HOW WE DRY APPROXIMATDRY — IT AND HOW WE STORE IT. AND MILLING. AND IN THE ROASTING. ALL THOSE AS PETS OF — AS PEBTSES OF THE COFFEE INDUSTRY WE KEEP TO HIGH STANDARDS. ALL OF THAT GETS TRANSLATED INTO OUR COFFEE. AND SEAL OF QUALITY IS ANOTHER WE ENFORCEMENT OF THAT. John: ED, WHAT IS KAU COFFEE MILL DOING FOR SUSTAINABILITY? WE’RE TRYING TO BECOME VERY GREEN. ESPECIALLY IN THE AREAS OF ENERGY PRODUCTION. WE HAVE A HUGE RESERVOIR, THREE THOUSAND FEET ELEVATION. FROM THERE, WE GET WATER FROM THE NOGUCHI TUNNEL. AND THEN WE BRING IT DOWN THE HILL. WE HAVE OUR GREEN ENERGY PLANT. A WATER TURBIN THAT WILL PROSE ANNOPROSE — PRODUCE ENOUGH ELECTRICITY TO FEED ALL OUR OPERATIONS HERE. THE MACHINE SHOP AND ENOUGH LEFTOVER ELECTRICITY TO LIGHT UP 40% OF THE TOWN. WE ARE A GREEN ENTERPRISE AT THIS POINT. John: THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU DO. THANK YOU FOR PRODUCING GREAT COFFEE. NOT JUST KOI COFFEE BUT MACADAMIA NUTS. THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH US ON “LIVING808”. THANKS. John: THANK YOU. MY PLEASURE. John: FIRST OF ALL, I — I WAS NEVER A COFFEE DRINKING UNTIL A COUPLE YEARS AGO. AND A HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF COFFEE WITH MY CREAMER. COFFEES AND FLAVORS ARE SO GOOD. AND WHEN YOU WALK INTO THE SHOP, THE AROMA IS AMAZING. Lina: AND YOU’RE GETTING IT FRESH. John: YOU CAN TASTE THE LITTLE COFFEES. YOU CAN TASTE SIPS OF ALL THE

2 thoughts on “Hawaii Grown, Hawaii Made: Kau Coffee Mill

  1. My friend Yoco turned me on to Kau Coffee and I have never looked back. 100% Kona Coffee is good but I definitely prefer Kau Coffee. I hope they'll be able to thrive in the decades to come!

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