April 22, 2009 – Pahala, Hawaii
VIDEO: David Corrigan
The entire world knows and respects Kona coffee, grown and marketed here on the Big Island.
However, Ka`u coffee, grown in Hawaii’s southernmost district, is starting to become a well known product in its own right.
The upcoming Ka`u Coffee Festival aims to celebrate Hawaii’s up and coming regional coffee brand, which has been receiving recognition in recent months for its quality product.
In this video interview, Thomas “Bull” Kailiawa of Pahala’s Kailiawa Coffee Farm talks about his farm’s recent seventh place finish at the Specialty Coffee Association of America 2009 Roaster’s Guild Coffee of the Year Cupping Competition held recently in Atlanta, Georgia.
Kailiawa also discusses what its like growing coffee at the higher “cloud rest” elevations in Ka`u, where coffee tends to thrive, despite the onslaught of vog from the nearby Kilauea volcano eruption.
The Ka`u Coffee Festival will be held April 24-26th in Pahala.