Maui Coffee Association Schedule of Meetings

SPECIAL MEETING Monday, October 27th 2014 “Talk Story” 5:30 PM to 6:00 PM, MCA business 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
Meeting Location - Kula Community Center

Made In Maui Festival Event - Maui Arts and Cultural Center
Friday, November 7th, 2014 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Wholesale Buyers and Distributors Event (by invitation only). 
Saturday, November 8th, 2014 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Open to the Public. Admission $3.00 adults, children under 12 free.


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Join us for this wonderful event. Meet the Farmers! Meet the Roasters! Learn what goes into a carefully crafted cup of 100% Maui Coffee!

Tuesday, November 11th 2014 “Talk Story” 5:30 PM to 6:00 PM, MCA business 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
Meeting Location - Kula Community Center

HIRONO, GABBARD ANNOUNCE $1 MILLION IN FUNDS TO FIGHT THE COFFEE BERRY BORER

May 5, 2014

Integrated Pest Management Program funds coffee berry borer prevention, eradication programs for second year in a row


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Mazie K. Hirono, Representative Tulsi Gabbard and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced $1 million to help combat the coffee berry borer that has been ravaging Hawaii Island coffee farms for almost four years.The funding will be distributed through the Integrated Pest Management  (IMP) Program at USDA and be divided between Hawaii ($700,000) and Puerto Rico ($300,000). The program is a scientifically-based approach to fighting invasive species.
“I wrote directly to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack  this year to urge continued funding to fight the coffee berry borer and am very pleased that USDA recognizes the threat of this highly destructive invasive species to Hawaii’s farms and economy,” said Hirono. "I’ve met and listened to farmers whose crops are being impacted by this alien pest species. Coffee is an important agriculture crop and export for our state - we produce some of the world’s best beans – and it is crucial that we provide the resources our farmers need. Over the past year, there has been encouraging progress as stakeholders from the federal, state and county levels work with farmers.  Moving forward, the Integrated Pest Management Program funding combined with the recent Coffee Plant Health Initiative in the Agricultural Act of 2014 will help us combat the coffee berry borer.”

“The Coffee Berry Borer has destroyed more than $9 million worth of our world-renowned coffee since 2010, leaving many small businesses and families in our rural communities devastated. Coffee farms are a major pillar in our rural Hawai‘i Island communities, and a majority are family-owned and operated,” said Gabbard. “They provide jobs on farms and at processing plants, purchase equipment, fertilizers, and other hardware necessary to bring the famous Kona and Ka‘u coffee to consumers worldwide. This $700,000 award to further fund the Coffee Plant Health Initiative program in Hawai‘i will help researchers combat this and other new invasive pests, and will also help to restore our farmers’ ability to grow and market world-class coffee, which is the only domestically grown coffee our country has to offer.”

Senator Hirono first contacted U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in April of 2013 to urge for funding to fight the coffee berry borer and was successful in securing $1 million to establish an area-wide integrated pest management (IPM) program.  Hirono wrote to Vilsack again this year to urge for continued funding.

Hawaii Island is home to more than 700 small coffee farms. In 2011, coffee farmers in Hawaii produced more than 8 million pounds of coffee, valued at more than $30 million. The borer is an insect native to Central Africa that lives, feeds and reproduces in both immature and mature coffee berries. This damage can have a significant negative impact on the quality and quantity of coffee crop yields. As a direct result of the coffee berry borer, many farmers in 2012 have expressed concerns that their yields were in jeopardy. The Agricultural Research Service commenced an integrated pest management program in 2013 to study and develop a management plan for the coffee berry borer.

Our Organization

The Maui Coffee Association is a group of growers, service providers, merchants and others with an interest in promoting and enjoying coffee grown in Maui County. Our mission is to improve awareness and communication between growers and other segments of the Maui coffee industry.

Through community events, farm tours, cupping workshops and other opportunities the organization will represent the Maui coffee industry to the public and the County and State Government.

Formed in 2005 with just a few farms, the membership has grown to over 100 members, including roasters, purveyors, enthusiasts and 32 farms.

So the next time you order a Maui MokkaTM, double, half caff, lo foam, cappuccino you'll know that we were the ones who...

planted the seed, nurtured and watered the tree, pruned the branches, picked the beans, pulped, fermented, cleaned, dried, raked, dried some more, hulled, roasted, packaged, ground and brewed the beans...so you could.

Our organization is open to anyone with an interest in Maui coffee. Business membership dues are $28.00 per year for any farm or business located in Maui County that grows, roasts, wholesales, retails or processes coffee as a not insignificant part of their business. Each business membership will be allocated one vote. Basic membership is $12.00 and and is for any individual or business interested in promoting, fostering or furthering the work of The Maui Coffee Association. Enthusiast members may not vote.


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Mail your completed membership form to:
The Maui Coffee Association
P. O. Box 1089 . Kula, Maui, Hawaii 96790
Make checks payable to:
The Maui Coffee Association



President: Sydney Smith - 808-572-0072

Keokea Farms Best Coffee on Maui 2014...second year in a row!




Best of Maui
There were 82 total entries this year and Maui had 12 entries.  The scores throughout the state were overall, higher than they were last year.  Maui entries had the highest average score of any of the 8 Hawaiian Coffee Districts!

Congratulations to all the Maui Coffee entries for a GREAT SHOWING!!

The Top 3 coffees in Maui were
1)
                 KEOKEA FARMS Second year in a row!
2)
                 MAUI GROWN COFFEE – MOKKA NATURAL
3)
                 PUEO COFFEE COMPANY

Keokea Farms also received a 3rd Place award in the Creative Division
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Pueo Coffee received a 6th Place award the Creative Division!
Tambra Gardens / Kula Beans received a 7th Place award in the Creative Division!
And
Maui Grown Coffee – Mokka Natural tied for 1st Place honors in the Commercial division!

Maui placed 3 coffees in the overall Top Ten and 6 coffees in the overall Top Twenty.  A more complete listing of entries and scores can be found at www.hawaiicoffeeassociation.com

Congratulations again to all the Maui entrants!   We can all be proud to represent Maui Coffee!!



East Maui Taro Festival 2013

Just a few photos from the East Maui Taro Festival, April 20th and 21st.  It was a wonderful, warm day in Hana and a good time was had by all...........We sold many cups of hot and iced coffee.


We hope you will enjoy the photos.

SPECIAL THANKS to Gerry Ross and Wayne Young for standing, talking and participating in this wonderful uniquely Maui event.

Quarantine to be considered for green coffee beans

The Advisory Committee on Plants and Animals, attached to the state Department of Agriculture, will meet Wednesday, Nov. 17 to consider one or more quarantine zones on the island of Hawaii to prohibit the importation of green coffee beans.
At issue is a serious infestation of the Coffee Berry Borer in local crops reported by Kona coffee farmers. The pest infestation was confirmed by the United States Department of Agriculture – Agriculture Research Service Systematic Entomology Laboratory.
The purpose of the meeting will be to hear testimony from the Hawaii coffee industry and, if warranted, to develop a request to the Board of Agriculture to adopt an interim rule restricting the movement of green coffee beans into the state.
The meeting is 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 1849 Auiki Street, Plant Quarantine Station Conference Room, Sand Island.
Persons wishing to provide testimony may do so in the following ways:
* Via email to: Carol.L.Okada@hawaii.gov
* Via fax to: 808-832-0584
* Drop off or mail to: 1849 Auiki Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96819
Oral testimony will be accepted at the meeting. Testifiers must provide a contact phone number if they wish to receive confirmation their testimony has been received.
“It is imperative that interested parties provide testimony either in person or in writing as this will determine the committee’s recommendation to the Board of Agriculture by the end of the month,” said Rep. Clift Tsuji (District 3 – South Hilo, Panaewa, Puna, Keaau, Kurtistown), chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture. “The coffee industry in Hawaii has a history spanning 200 years, and we don’t want to see it collapse because of our inattention to contain or eradicate the coffee berry borer infestation.”
It is unknown at this time how the coffee berry borer will affect Kona coffee yields and quality of the product. The coffee berry borer (Hypothenemus hampei) is considered the world’s most destructive coffee pest. Researchers estimate that the damage caused by the coffee berry borer worldwide is about $500 million per year in a global industry worth $90 billion per year.
Currently, there is no provision in Hawaii Administrative Rules that addresses the coffee berry borer or that restricts movement of coffee relative to this pest. An interim rule may be adopted in the absence of effective rules if a situation is dangerous to public health and safety or if the ecological health of flora and fauna is endangered as to constitute an emergency.
The Plant Quarantine Branch of the DOA has requested the adoption of an interim rule to prohibit the movement of coffee plants, plant parts, unroasted seeds, and used coffee bags out of a quarantine zone in the Kona area of the island of Hawaii, except by permit.
The Advisory Committee on Plants and Animals may accept or amend the request and submit their findings to the Board of Agriculture which is scheduled to meet in late November. The committee may also reject or defer the request.
Violators, under the proposed rule, would be guilty of a misdemeanor and fined not less than $100. The maximum fine would be set at $10,000. The interim rule would be valid for no longer than one year.
FACT SHEET – Coffee Berry Borer

Current Condition:
* The Department of Agriculture has surveyed about 65 sites statewide. Of these sites, 21 are infested with the coffee berry borer.
* All infested sites are in the Kona area of the Big Island.
* The infested zone includes the area from mile marker 29 on Highway 190 (Mamalahoa Highway) and mile marker 93 on Hwy 19 (Queen Kaahumanu Highway), south to mile marker 62 on Highway 11, east of Naalehu.
* In addition to the infested zone, the DOA has reports from about 100 individual farms that may be infested.
* The coffee berry borer lays its eggs in the coffee cherry and as the eggs develop into larva, the larva feed inside the coffee bean. The bean may be further damaged by secondary fungal, bacterial and insect infestation. The combined damage can reduce yield, lower the quality and destroy the entire bean.
Eradication/Control Strategy

* There are no chemical insecticides available in Hawaii that can effectively control coffee berry borer. As the pest lives inside the fruit, chemical control strategies are limited.
* While it is difficult to contain the coffee berry borer, even with the establishment of quarantine zones, the dissemination of the contamination can be retarded for many years through improved pest management practices. The pest spreads through human activity.
Coffee in Hawaii

* There are 6,500 acres under cultivation statewide, with annual production running between 6 and 7 million pounds.
* Kona has produced coffee continuously since the early 1800’s and supports nearly 600 independent farms. Farms average 3 acres and only a few have 50 or more acres. Total Kona coffee acreage is more than 2,000 acres, producing more than 2 million pounds in most years.
* Kauai has the largest coffee orchard in Hawaii and in the United States with 3,000 acres in production.
* Maui has several small coffee farms spanning from Kaanapali, the slopes of Haleakala, and an organic farm in Hana. Maui has a total of 500 acres of coffee planted on converted sugar cane lands.
* Oahu has more than 100 acres of coffee in Wahiawa and Waialua.
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