This weekend join the Kaanapali Coffee Estates farm tour, part of the Kaanapali Fresh 2013 (#KFresh13) culinary series.
Squeeze a coffee cherry in the field. Inhale the scent of freshly roasted beans. Sip the aromatic, award-winning coffees under blue Kaanapali skies. And lunch lavishly at the estate home of Roger and Joyce Amadon, under the direction of Master Chef Christian Jorgenson of CJ Deli & Diner.
James “Kimo” Falconer and Jeff Ferguson of MauiGrown Coffee, cultivated at the farm, lead guests on a behind-the-scenes tour discovering the art and science of coffee. You’ll go from farm to cup while learning about Maui’s coffee history and the pivotal changes in Maui’s farmscape.
According to an article published in Hawaii Business Magazine last month, MauiGrown coffee’s brand success has bolstered the popularity of all Maui coffees. James “Kimo” Falconer, launched MauiGrown in 2003 and is just one of forty-one Maui Coffee Association members, though his business is the most robust.
“We’ve put Maui on the map, in terms of coffee,” says Falconer. That’s quite an accomplishment for a 200-year-old thriving industry celebrating its bicentennial in Hawaii this year.
Kaanapali Coffee Estates boasts 500 acres of agriculture with four coffee varietals: Red Catuai, Yellow Caturra, Typica, and the ever-popular Maui Mokka.
Chef Christian reaps the island’s bounty for a sumptuous luncheon at a private estate amid the agricultural home lots of Kaanapali Coffee Estates. Hillside above Kaanapali Beach Resort, the plantation-style home opens onto an expansive pool deck where the party is staged to take advantage of commanding ocean views and the meticulous coffee hedgerows.
Not your ordinary “tour of the farm with the farmer,” this day on the farm will have you dreaming of actually becoming a farmer, in Kaanapali, where the world comes to…play, work, play?
Enjoy the Kaanapali Coffee Farm Tour and Lunch on Saturday, August 31 from 10:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person. Covered shoes, sunscreen and hat are recommended. Tour will depart from Whalers Village.