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.


Click image to go to Made On Maui Event website.

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.

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 many small coffee farms spanning from Kaanapali, the slopes of Haleakala, and an organic farm in Hana. Maui has over 500 acres of coffee planted in valleys, the slopes of Haleakala and converted sugar cane lands.
* Oahu has more than 100 acres of coffee in Wahiawa and Waialua.