Thanks to E.L. for sharing this article in Honolulu Magazine, “Boki’s Beans: A People’s History of Hawaiian Coffee.” I enjoyed the storytelling; some people know how to bring history to life. (My friend, C.T., you’re one of those people). This is quite a yarn — including trans-Atlantic seafaring adventures, European royalty, Hawaiian royalty, colonization, a Spanish expat spreading his seed (fathering at least 23 children & credited with introducing >40 plant species to Hawaii), Valentine Starbuck, etc. Who the heck is Boki? You’ll have to read for yourself.
Make yourself a cup of Bea’s Knees Farm coffee, settle down and enjoy the rich flavor this story lends to your brew.