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Ka‘u Coffee Awards

Ka‘u coffee has earned the reputation of one of the finest coffees grown anywhere. Since 2007, Ka‘u coffees have placed among the top entrees in cupping competitions sanctioned by the world's largest coffee trade organization; the Specialty Coffee Association of America.

Award Timeline:

SCAA Roasters Guild Cupping Pavilion Competition (worldwide)

In 2007, Rising Sun from Will and Grace Tabios took sixth place. Marlon and Mely Biason of Aroma Farms took ninth place.

In 2008, Ka‘u Forest Coffee from Manuel Marques took eleventh place.

SCAA International Roasters Guild Coffees of the Year competition (worldwide)

In 2009, Kailiawa Coffee from Bull and Jamie Kailiawa took seventh place.

In 2010, Rising Sun from Will and Grace Tabios took ninth place with a score of 87.563 points, the highest of all Hawaiian coffees. Six of the 74 finalists selected were also from Ka‘u: Castaneda Coffee Farm, R & G Farms, Rusty’s Hawaiian, Kehua’s Coffee Farm and Kailiawa Coffee.

In 2011, Kailiawa Coffee from Bull and Jamie Kailiawa took tenth place.

In 2012, Rising Sun from Will and Grace Tabios took sixth place, Rusty’s Hawaiian from Lorie Obra took ninth place and Ali‘i Hawaiian Hula Hands Coffee from Francis and Trinidad Marques ranked tenth.

SCAA International Roasters Guild Roasters Choice competition (worldwide)
In 2013, Rusty's Hawaiian 100% Ka'u Coffee and Ka'u Coffee Mill were placed in the top 10 at the Roasters Choice event during the SCAA annual expo (a Coffees of the Year competition was not held this year).
Hawaii Coffee Association competition (statewide)

In 2009, R & G Farm from Gloria Camba & Rogelio Aquino took first place in Ka‘u and fourth place overall, Pavaraga Coffee from MaryAnn & Leo Javar took second place in Ka‘u and fifth place overall, and Aroma Trading Co./R &A Javar Farms from Ariel Wang took third place in Ka‘u and ranked 13th overall.

In 2010, Rusty's Hawaiian from Lorie Obra took first place in Ka‘u and was named Grand Champion of the event. Ka‘u Forest Coffee from Manuel Marques and Paradise Meadows tied for third place. Kehua’s Coffee Farm from Efren Abellera took fifth place. Ka'u Coffee Growers Cooperative took tenth statewide.

In 2011, Rusty's Hawaiian from Lorie Obra took first place in Ka‘u and was named Grand Champion of the event. JN Coffee Farms took second place and Ali‘i Hawaiian Hula Hands Coffee took third place.

In 2012, Wood Valley Coffee Co. ranked first and second in the commercial division, Rusty's Hawaiian from Lorie Obra took eighth place, R& G Farms from Gloria Camba and Rogelio Aquino took seventh place, and Ka‘u Coffee Mill took tenth place in the commercial division.

In 2012, Rusty's Hawaiian from Lorie Obra took third place, JN Coffee Farms took fifth place, and Rising Sun from Will and Grace Tabios took tenth place in the creative division.

Other awards:
In 2010, Lorie Obra was named Outstanding Producer by the Speciality Coffee Association of Europe, which sent tasters to visit the Ka‘u Coffee farms.