Come celebrate with us!

Ka'u Coffee College

9 a.m. to noon, Sunday, May 5, 2019, Pahala Community Center
Free, donations appreciated

Listen to informative talks given by visiting coffee experts.

Ka'u Coffee CollegeLeaders of the specialty coffee industry are traveling to the Hawai'i's largest agricultural district this May to taste and see all the effort that goes into producing award-winning Ka‘u coffee during our annual Ka‘u Coffee Festival.

While meeting Ka‘u growers, the visiting experts will lead seminars at our annual Ka‘u Coffee College. The Ka‘u Coffee College has proven to be a place of learning, sharing and networking—and has featured some of the industry’s leading professionals from around the globe. A reverse trade mission, it brings industry experts to Ka‘u to interface with local growers and make valuable connections. 2019 speakers are yet to be announced.

2018 Ka‘u Coffee College:

"This year's college again stages notable coffee professionals to help farmers with their challenges," notes long-time festival organizer Chris Manfredi. "These talks will certainly reinforce the exceptionally high quality for which Ka‘u coffee has become famous, but also ensure there is a steady supply of it. As we reach more markets, we need a solid supply of quality coffees to meet the increasing demand while ensuring growers remain profitable."

Getting the Most Out of Your Coffee Moisture Meter - Fred Seeber

The college opens with a presentation by Fred Seeber of Shore Measuring Systems, a leading manufacturer of coffee moisture meters used throughout the world's major coffee producing regions. Manfredi said Seeber's talk "will go into great depth about how testers work and why they are important." Attendees are invited to bring their testers to "class" and Seeber will check them for calibration.

Pruning Techniques to Maximize Yields - Andrea Kawabata and Tom Greenwel

University of Hawai‘i's Andrea Kawabata and Tom Greenwell, president and long-time coffee farmer of Greenwell Farms, present next. Based in Kona, Kawabata is an assistant extension agent for coffee and orchard crops with UH's College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources cooperative extension service. This second segment explains how proper pruning can promote tree health, which improves yield efficiency, profit margins, coffee quality and sustainability for growers.

Quality Control in Roasting Workshop - Brian Webb

Quality control in roasting will be explored in a workshop by Brian Webb of Pacific Coffee Research. Located in South Kona, PCB is a specialty coffee association training campus, coffee lab, roastery and community education center. With experience as both a barista and Kona roaster, Webb discusses the importance of profile roasting. He will do an on-site, sample roasting and then demonstrate data logging software to keep detailed records for future analysis.

Admission to the Ka‘u Coffee College is free, though donations are appreciated.

For more details about what went on at previous events, see our blog at

All are welcome. Call (808) 929-9550 for more.