Kau Coffee Tours
Ka’u Coffee Mill offers Free tours at 10:00 am 12:00 noon and 2:00 pm daily.
Tours last approximately 30 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 were we discuss the economics and storage of coffee. Here our visitors will get to see the different grades and processes of coffee.
Next we move on to our roast room were cover the roasting process and equipment used to convert the green bean into world famous Ka‘u coffee.