Kau Coffee Tours
Ka’u Coffee Mill offers Free Tours at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm daily, weather permitting.
No reservations required, simply arrive in advance of tour time and let our retail staff know you are here for a tour.
Guidelines: Per State of Hawaii Covid-19 mandates, we require all guests to wear masks and observe social distancing.
Tours last approximately 20 minutes depending on questions asked by our visitors.
We call the tour “Seed to Cup.” Each tour starts in the field near the coffee trees. Here we cover the history of Ka’u from the sugar days that were dominated by the Big five sugar companies. We then cover the decline of sugar in the State, and more importantly the district of Ka‘u. We provide a brief geology lesson on the soils and why we have the ash soil here in Ka‘u, as well as how ash soil provides us our water the impact on coffee in this historic region of the Big Island.
The tour then proceeds through our operations in the field, to the processing area which includes the wet mill, dry mill and drying deck. Next a visit to the green bean warehouse where we discuss the economics and storage of coffee. Here our visitors will get to see the different grades and processes of coffee.
The final part of the tour finishes in our retail store where we view our roast room and go over the roasting process and equipment used to convert the green bean into world famous Ka‘u coffee. The tour finishes with our visitors tasting and experiencing a variety of Ka‘u coffees, as well as the opportunity to purchase a variety of award winning coffees and unique gifts.
When people come to visit us, many have never experienced the fascinating world of coffee. Our goal is to share the process and the tremendous amount of work involved in making that perfect cup of Ka’u coffee. Our visitors leave with a new understanding and appreciation that makes that next sip of coffee even more appreciated.