We are back online. We apologize to those who have not been able to access
our website for the past week.
We believe that all our ‘tech’ difficulties are behind us. We still have the same fine coffee
from the 2014-15 fall and winter harvest.
This coffee is now aged to an ideal condition as is ready to go!
We pride ourselves in following the ‘best practices of the modern Kona coffee industry.
We hand pick our crop many times during the season. Each time we pick only the ripe ‘cherries’.
These cherries are then pulped and floated to remove all but the solid beans.
The coffee beans are then sun dried on a solar deck until they have reached the ideal 11% moisture stage.
At that point they are stored in grain storage bags in a cool room until needed.
When needed, this parchment coffee has its outer skin removed and the remaining green
beans are sorted on a gravity sorting machine.
The ‘green’ is then ready to roast and is stored until needed.
So there are many steps in making our coffee the finest product that we can produce.
Mahalo for your support!
Howard & Melody Hill
June 6, 2015
WE ARE BACK FROM OUR ANNUAL R&R. Spring is the best time for us as to travel
as we are between harvests and it is also the slow season for our coffee sales.
And while we live on a beautiful island which we love, we enjoy and benefit from
an occasional getaway.
This is the same fine estate grown Kona coffee that we have been selling
from our 2014 fall & winter harvest.
Good rains continue and we are looking forward to a bigger harvest this year
than for the past several years. We are learning more about the recently arrived
‘la broca’ or bean borer, and have refined our techniques of dealing with it. Thus the
overall quality of our coffee beans continuesto improve. Note that we are doing with
without the use of pesticides on our coffee.
We have heard much about the unfortunate drought that continues in California. Our good fortune
is that Hawaii has been blessed with abundant rainfall for the past 2 years. Thus our coffee
trees have flowered several times and are now sporting what looks to be a very good harvest.
Did you know that coffee trees bloom about 2 weeks after each good rain. Irrigation won’t do the trick.
They need water on the trees. This bloom may start at year end and extend as late as May. We prefer January through
March. The down side of this is that each round of ‘cherries’ ripens separately. Thus we have a long
harvest that runs from September into January. This all varies depending on elevation and gthe rainfall pattern
that occurs that winter. No rainfall, no flowers. That the way it is. Our trees are not irrigated. They depend on
the approximately 60 inches of rain we get each year.
WE ARE CURRENTLY TAKING A BREAK FROM OUR NORMAL RETAIL SALES. WE EXPECT TO BE START SELLING OUR
100% ESTATE KONA COFFEE AGAIN AT THE BEGINNING OF JUNE. PLEASE CHECK BACK THEN.
January 24, 2015
Coffee harvest is over after nearly 5 months of continual harvests. We have a modest harvest which we hope will last for most of this year, 2015. Now is the time when we are pruning our trees for the desired shape and size to enable large production and easier harvesting in future years.
Kona coffee farmers are each year improving their methods of dealing with la broca, or coffee bean borers, which arrived in Hawaii a few years ago. With each year we learn a little more about the problem which, left untreated, results in a huge loss for the coffee cherry farmer.
We have learned to treat frequently with a fungus which attacks and kills the borers prior to their entering the coffee beans. We have also improved our techniques for application of said fungus. You should be aware that we use no toxic pesticides on our coffee.
With this in mind we expect that 2015 will be a good year and that the percentage of high quality Kona coffee beans produced will continue to improve.
Mahalo for your continued support!
Howard and Melody Hill
Coffee harvest season is winding down. We have harvested perhaps 95% of the fall crop, and it is a good one.
We have on hand enough new coffee to last until next fall and we are ready to roast and deliver upon your request. Priority mail still takes usually no more than 3 days; however, we realize that after December 15 it may take a little longer.
Due to many requests we are now offering green whole beans for both the home roaster and the gourmet coffee outlet that wants to offer a premium quality product to their customers; however, it remains true that the best size shipments, cost wise, are the 2# and 6# boxes of roasted 1# gold foil bags. For the green beans, the 2# and 10# remain the best quantities.
We continue to not cut corners and try to offer the finest product possible. Our farm is well situated at 1800′ elevation which is ideal for Kona coffee. We make no claims to be the very best; however, we do claim to sell very good 100$ estate grade Kona coffee.
We look forward to hearing from you.
We’ve received some questions about Hurricane Iselle which a few weeks ago slammed into the Big Island and did significant damage. Damage was mostly caused by the combination of high winds and rain which knocked over many huge old albizia trees in the Puna district of the island. Albizia is an invasive species which I believe was first brought to the islands for experimental reforestation efforts.
But what about Kona? Amazingly, the storm failed to produced wind or rain in Kona and did zero damage to our developing coffee crop. The big mountains, Mauna Loa, and Mauna Kea, fended off the storm and reduced it to less then hurricane level and Iselle veered north thus avoiding Kona and much of the normally breezy Ka’u district. Following the storm, we’ve had signicant rain in Kona but always at less than flood producing levels.
It is now late August, and the harvest of our new crop Kona coffee is well underway. There is an abundant and early crop this year. We expect to personally have a record harvest, and I’m sure the same is true of many other Kona coffee farmers.
I’ll say it again: THERE WAS NO DAMAGE TO OUR FALL 2014 COFFEE CROP!
4TH of July has passed and we are now cleaning up the farm and preparing for the rapidly approaching harvest season.
The rains have continued to fall and we are looking at a large coffee crop this year. In fact it should be our largest ever.
The Kona Coffee Farmers Association has made a great effort to organize and coordinate Kona farmers’ efforts to combat the elusive coffee bean borer. This pest only arrived in Hawaii and was first seen on our farm in 2011. It has taken several years of attempts to eliminate this bug to get us to better understand how to deal with it.
The reality is that, barring a state sponsored eradication effort such as was done with the fruitfly in southern California, the borer will not be eliminated. We will just have to continue to deal with it. Currently most farmers are spraying a naturally occurring fungus which attacks and kills the borers before they get completely inside the bean.
This has proven quite successful for those who are persistent in their spraying efforts. It even took us a couple of years to determine just how often and how much fungus we need to spray.
Please note, we are not using chemical pesticides on our Kona coffee. With our improved knowledge and techniques, we hope to get the percentage of crop lost to the borers down to well below 5%.
I, for one, am optimistic that this will occur.
Spring has finally arrived. Well, what that means here is that we are well into the maintenance season for our coffee trees. Trees must have excess and larger branches removed every year. Well, there’s more to it than that. In fact it is a very involved procedure to get it right, with the goal of improving the coffee we actually harvest and sell.
We have had a very wet winter, which in this case means that our trees our healthy and have had successful flowerings this year. So we are looking for a good harvest starting in September.
Our products have been updated in include ground Kona coffee for those who prefer that convenience, and green beans for the home roaster.
2# of whole bean remains a very good deal due to the $5.00 shipping that we get by using the flat rate envelopes.
The fall harvest season is finally over. Production was perhaps one half of the normal average harvest. The small quantity of Kona coffee produced this year is pushing up the market price for real 100% Kona in the typical commodity supply/demand manner. Lower quantity equates to higher prices.
We continue to recommend the purchase of 2 pounds of our coffee at a time for the combination of freshest coffee and the best shipping deal. FYI, the shipping cost (included in the price) is the same for 1 or 2 pounds, and then doubles for any quantity in the 3 to 6 pound range.
For gifts, combined order, or office use, a larger quantity up to 6 pounds offer a great deal on shipping.
We continue to sample our product every morning to verify that we are indeed producing an acceptable product. That great cup of black coffee with no additives is how we like start our day at Melomountain Farm!
In the near future we expect to be offering some ground Kona coffee and some green beans. If that is what you prefer, look for it on our products page.