When everything is finalized with the production of this magazine and all the coffee has been roasted and shipped out to my customers I can finally look forward to that brief window of opportunity to report to you the current happenings in our local Kona coffee industry.Since the first issue of Coffee Times rolled off the press in April 1993 I pledged to myself to do everything possible to bring awareness to an issue that for many years has done more harm to Kona Coffee than any other.Its beauty stands out in any garden, grove, or yard.Easily 40-60 feet tall, with branches spanning a similar-size diagonally, the sensual, dark-green lobed leaves of the breadfruit tree form a graceful tapestry from which sexy, lime-green globes, weighing up to 10 pounds each, dangle gracefully in the Hawaiian trades. Those are the messages David Palmer champions at his two Caf Pesto restaurants on the Big Island.
The banana belongs to the plants of the ancients and has been given God-like powers in many diverse cultures.
We got plenty ono pupu-poke, musubi, might even be some pipikaula and po'i in the fridge," don't hold your stomach (or cover your ears) in bewilderment.
The abundant bounty of the oceans doesn't strictly define Hawaii cuisine, yet it surely is one of its strongest and most influential characteristics.
That being the truth in labeling of one of Hawaii's few remaining agricultural commodities, Kona Coffee. "Kona coffee has a richer flavor than any other, be it grown where it may and call it by what name you please." Mark Twain, 1866.
It has been many years since Reverend Samuel Ruggles brought the first coffee plant cuttings to Kealakekua-Kona, Hawaii.