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Coffee On The Brain

Why is caffeine addictive and how does it affect the human brain? Soon after you eat or drink something containing caffeine, it is quickly absorbed through the small intestine and dissolved into the bloodstream.  Caffeine is both water and fat soluble and is able to...

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The Anatomy Of A Coffee Bean

Your favorite morning beverage begins nestled in the middle of vibrant red cherries.  It takes nearly a year for a cherry to mature after first flowering, and about 5 years of growth for a coffee tree to reach full fruit production.  With the exception of Peaberry,...

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The Mysterious Origins of Coffee

"Coffee - the favorite drink of the civilized world." - Thomas Jefferson Coffee has been around for as long as we can remember.  Through generations and generations, it is an important part of millions of people's lives, and many could not do without it. But what are...

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Coffee Cupping & Tasting Terms

Coffee is one of the most beloved beverages on the planet, and few of us can do without our daily caffeine.  We love the taste when sipping that cup of coffee, but often don't realize the complexity of tasting involved in the cup. Comparable to wine aficionados,...

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Parchment to Green Bean- Dry Milling Process

  We have learned about Ka'u coffee Harvesting and Pulping, now it's time to learn more about the Dry Milling process.  The final steps in coffee processing involve removing the last layers of dry skin and remaining fruit residue from the dried coffee cherries, then...

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Ka’u Coffee Cherry Processing

The cherries have been hand harvested as we talked about HERE, so what's the next step? Pulping First Step: the coffee cherries are put into the first of several flotation tanks.  The cherries must now be run through our Estrada wet mill which removes the skin, the...

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Ka’u Coffee Cherry Harvest Begins!

  Tis the Season for Ka'u coffee cherry harvest and our harvest team is out in full force.  The effects of Hurricane Lane brought the Big Island heavy and prolonged rains which heavily impacted the Ka'u District.  As a result, the green coffee cherries quickly ripened...

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From Lava to Lane and Back

Kilauea Lower East Rift Zone Eruption - May 2018 After enduring the panic and destruction of Kilauea's eruption where lava covered more than 6,000 acres of land in lower Puna, including more than 700 homes and 1,600 acres of farms, coupled with constant ash explosions...

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Ka’u Coffee Blog Contest – Enter to Win!

We are looking for talented coffee bloggers who will be featured on our Ka'u Coffee Mill Blog as a guest blogger.  If you or someone you know has writing skills and would love a chance to feature your article on our website as a guest blogger, see details on how to...

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Share The Love of Ka’u Coffee!

We encourage you to share your love of Ka'u Coffee with the world via Social Media.  We also LOVE to see our customers and fellow coffee fans follow us and share posts on our Social media pages.   With the recent volcanic eruptions on Hawaii Island and subsequent...

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Ka’u Coffee Mill is open for Business!

Despite what you see on TV, online or read in the national news, most of the beautiful Big Island is safe and OK.  Here at the Ka'u Coffee Mill and Visitor Center, we are safely located about 60 miles away from the East rift zone eruption happening in Leilani Estates....

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