Preparing Gourmet Beans for Roasting
In our wet method, pulp is removed from the coffee belt cherry after harvesting and the bean is dried with only the parchment skin left on. The pulp is washed away with Hawaiian water, usually to be dried and used as mulch. The beans are separated by weight as they are conveyed through water channels, the lighter beans floating to the top, while the heavier, ripe Hawaiian beans sink to the bottom. Their are several actual steps involved. They are then ready for Hawaiian sun drying.
Gourmet Hawaiian Beans in the Sun
The beans must now be dried to approximately 12 percent moisture to assure premium Hawaiian flavor. Our beans, still encased inside the parchment envelope (the endocarp), are sun dried by spreading them on drying tables inside under 20% sunshade. Gently turned to maintain even temperature. We take a little more time and add a little more Hawaiian Aloha to create the world finest Hawaiian coffee.
Polishing Gourmet Hawaiian Beans
This is a process in which any silver skin that remains on the beans after hulling is removed in a polishing machine. While polished Hawaiian beans are considered superior to unpolished ones, in reality there is little difference between the two.
Hawaiian Grading and Gourmet Beans
Before being packaged, our Hawaiian coffee beans are even more precisely sorted by size and weight. They are also closely evaluated for color flaws or other imperfections. Beans are sized by being passed through a series of different sized screens. Next defective beans are removed. Though this process is accomplished by sophisticated machines, in many countries, we do it by hand. Beans of unsatisfactory size, color, or that are otherwise unacceptable, are removed. This process is done by hand, insuring that only the finest quality Hawaiian coffee beans are delivered to your Ohana.
Tasting Gourmet Hawaiian Coffee
At every stage, our coffee is repeatedly tested for quality and taste. This process is referred to as 'cupping' and takes place in a room specifically designed to facilitate the process. First, the taster "usually called the cupper" carefully evaluates the Hawaiian beans for their overall visual quality. Our Hawaiian coffee's are not only analyzed this way for their inherent characteristics and flaws, but also for the purpose of blending different Hawaiian beans and determining the proper roast. Our expert cupper can taste hundreds of samples of Hawaiian Coffee a day and still taste the subtle differences between them.
Gourmet Hawaiian Coffee Industry Standard
While we would like to say this fantastic Hawaiian way of preparing our coffee belongs to us alone; we cannot make that claim as it is the Hawaiian industry standard. We take great care to assure delivery of the freshest Hawaiian Coffee for each cherished Ohana.