Crowning nearly 10,000 acres of Trust lands in and around Pāhala, Ka‘ū Coffee Mill invigorates a tradition of agriculture in Ka‘ū into the future through Hawai‘i’s prime crop coffee, first introduced to the islands in 1813. Ka‘ū Coffee Mill endeavors to grow recognition of the quality of Ka‘ū coffee and arrange for visits to Ka‘ū’s farms, the historic village of Pāhala, and the surrounding environment. Founded by Ed Olson, the mill processes, roasts, and packages coffee beans grown on its own acreage (currently about 60 acres are in coffee orchards), and also makes these complete services available to to approximately 60 other local growers. The locally grown, hand-selected coffees from the small farms in Ka‘ū have garnered numerous awards in recent years. Mulching and fertilizer materials for the mill’s coffee farm derive from mac nut husks grown by the Trust’s subsidiary Ka‘ū Farms Management and processed by its macadamia nut company in Kawaihae. The mill develops and uses renewable energy.
Parts of the Trust’s farm lands have been placed under agricultural/conservation easements, allowing Ka‘ū Coffee Mill to preserve thousands of acres of farm land for generations to come. Ka‘ū Coffee Mill welcomes visitors at its new Visitor Center. We invite you to enjoy original murals and paintings by artist Kathleen Kam, which depict the farm life and wildlife of Ka‘ū. Also, please taste our different processes and brews of Ka‘ū coffee, observe the processing of coffee from drying to roasting, and, of course, purchase coffee as well as other gifts.
Three Ka‘ū Coffee growers, two of which use the services of Ka‘ū Coffee Mill, were named in the top ten in the international competition for the 2012 Specialty Coffee Association of America Roasters Guild Coffees of the Year. They were selected from 250 applications worldwide that had made it to the internationals.
Ka‘u Coffee Mill’s world-renowned coffee also won awards in 2012 & 2013 in the Roaster’s Choice awards hosted by the Roaster’s Guild, a part of the Specialty Coffee Association of America. Both entries placed in the top ten of 250 international entries, Ka’u Coffee Mill being one of two U.S. grown coffees. Additionally, three Ka‘ū Coffee growers, two of which use the services of Ka‘ū Coffee Mill, were named in the top ten in the international competition for the 2012.
Ka‘ū Coffee Mill won the Hawai‘i Coffee Association Certificate of Excellence in 2012 for its NATURALLY processed coffee.
Contact Person: Troy Keolanui
Phone: (808) 934-9200