Maui Coffee Association Schedule of Meetings and Events

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 "Talk Story" 5:30 PM to 6:00 PM, MCA business 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
Meeting Location - Kula Community Center. This is a Seed to Cup planning meeting. Attend if you have an interest in helping or exhibiting in this year's Festival. This year we host the Statewide Coffee Conference and Cupping Trials.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 "Talk Story" 5:30 PM to 6:00 PM, MCA business 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
Meeting Location - Kula Community Center. This is a Seed to Cup planning meeting. Attend if you have an interest in helping or exhibiting in this year's Festival. This year we host the Statewide Coffee Conference and Cupping Trials.

Statewide Coffee Conference and Cupping Competition
Thursday, July 20-22, 2017 Maui Tropical Plantation. See link about for registration and details.

Seed to Cup Coffee Festival - Early this year to coincide with the Cupping Conference.

MAUI TROPICAL PLANTATION
SATURDAY, JULY 22, 2017
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
MASTER OF CEREMONIES  Joe Hawkins 
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM DEMOS – Coffee Growing, Coffee Processing, Coffee Roasting
(And Throughout The Day)     Espresso Preparation,  Alternative Brewing Methods
  
9:30 - 10:00 AM  Na Hoku Winner Guitar Benny Uyetake 
10:15-10:45 AM  Ukulele Masters Andrew and Jay Molina
10:50 AM            Hawaiian Blessing-Kahu Laki Ka’ahumanu
10:55-11:25 AM Na Hoku winner Eric Gilliom 
11:30-12:00         Grammy winner, Sonny Lim
12:00 noon           Zenshin Daiko Drummers

1:00 PM Barista Throw down!

12:25-1:10 PM   Na Hoku Hanohano winners The Hula Honeys 
1:15 - 2:00 PM   Na Hoku winner Benny Uyetake and Sax Master Rock Henderson

2:00 - 3:00 PM   Coffee inspired Fashion Show! 

A Coffee Inspired Menu of Food & Drink Will Be Served Throughout the 
Day - by Chef Jeff Scheer of The Mill House


Coffee beer made by Kohola Brewery made with 100% Maui Coffee!

Meet the Farmers! • Meet the Roasters! 

Sample and Buy Great 100% Maui Coffee!!


Tuesday, August 8, 2017 "Talk Story" 5:30 PM to 6:00 PM, MCA business 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
Meeting Location - Kula Community Center

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.


Educational events are a cornerstone of MCA and we have successfully held workshops that have helped farmers with pruning, keys to coffee quality, soil fertility, and management of potential pests such as coffee berry borer. In 2016 we started an annual Taste Discovery workshop which was very popular and provides a link between quality graders, professional cuppers, farmers, and different coffee regions on Maui.

Our organization is open to anyone with an interest in Maui coffee. Business membership dues are $30.00 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 $30.00 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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Double click the form for a printable version.

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
The Maui Coffee Association is a 501c6 non-profit organization.

Coffee Berry Borer

A significant threat to Maui Coffee has been found in Kipahulu on the east side of Maui. If you are a visitor and have traveled to that area please do not visit any coffee growing regions afterward. The coffee berry borer or CBB is tiny and can hitchhike on your clothes or in the dirt on your shoes. Please sanitize your footwear and remove dirt and debris after a hike and BEFORE traveling back to uninfested areas!
http://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/site/CBBManage.aspx

Seed To Cup 2016

2016 Seed to Cup Coffee Fashion Show participants

A beautiful day at Maui Tropical Plantation

MauiGrown Coffee booth

Maui Oma Coffee Roasting Company

Good Food, Good Coffee!

Cupping Trials for this Year

Get your beans in for this year's Cupping Trials by April 28th, 2017...
Registration Form

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.