Kona Coffee Cultural Festival; Roasting small batches by hand

We are now several days into the ten-day Kona Coffee Cultural Festival.  The Holualoa Village Coffee and Art Stroll took place before the official festival.  I think it’s a lot of fun, but just like wine tasting, I find it hard to taste and spit.  Tasting a lot of wine, you get drunk; tasting a lot of coffee, you get truly wired.  It’s a great opportunity to talk to the farmers and taste coffees from different farms all in one place.  We’ve discovered some delicious coffee from small family farms.

Our coffee is roasted to order and shipped the same day.  We use a fluid bed (versus a drum) roaster.  Our roaster can roast 6.5-10 pounds of green coffee, resulting in approximately 5-8 pounds of roasted coffee.  Each batch, depending on its roast profile (& whether it’s peaberry or not) takes about 8-10 minutes.  This is a very hands-on process!

To see the photo sequence below with larger images, click on the first photo, and then use the arrows.


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