Guests and visitors headed mauka (upland) to visit Ka’anapali Coffee Farms to get a close up look at the coffee farming process on Maui. Led by Marilyn Jansen Lopes, owner of Maui Country Farm Tours, the tour left from the Whalers Village and headed to the neighboring private agriculture community just north of Ka’anapali.
While learning about the art, science, and mechanics of coffee growing from farmer and chef, James “Kimo” Falconer, guests enjoyed the in-depth look at the” behind the scenes” to Maui coffee. Meandering the fields, visitors we’re introduced to three different varieties of coffee beans, Mokka, Red Catuai and Yellow Caturra.
Michael and Jennifer Horn from CRN Digital Talk Radio commented, “I enjoyed being out in the fields and seeing how it grows and is harvested. Kimo was fantastic and it was easy to see his passion! After experiencing the process, we enjoyed the coffee tasting that followed.”
“Listening to Kimo talk about the farming process in its entirety was my favorite part. I learned a lot not just about coffee but also about the machinery used in the process which was really neat,” explained guest Kathy Becklin.
Sean Timberlake expressed excitingly, “The farm tour was fascinating! I’ve always wanted to try a raw coffee berry and had never before. We learned a lot about Maui coffee . It’s obvious they are very knowledgeable and I now have a better understanding of coffee farming.”
“I’m from the mid-west and I have never seen anything like this and if you’ve seen the movie the field of dreams, that’s where I’m from,” impressed visitor John Bollwitt visiting from Vancouver.
At the end of the tour, visitors were treated to a delicious light lunch by Kupu Maui, a popular new pop-up restaurant on the island.