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Ka'u Coffee College

9 a.m. to noon, Sunday, May 15, 2016, Pahala Community Center
Free, donations appreciated

Listen to informative talks given by visiting coffee experts. Check back for information about the 2016 event.

Ka'u Coffee CollegeKa'u Coffee College returned in 2015 with its reverse trade mission and educational series. 2015 speakers included:

Andrew Hetzel
Founder, Cafemakers

 Andrew is a coffee industry specialist who advises producer organizations and roasting businesses on trade marketing and quality assurance. His clients include a diverse range of specialty coffee producers and consumers in more than 35 countries, including retailers and roasters in North America, Australia and emerging consumer markets of Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.  He has recently headed quality improvement and origin brand marketing initiatives for coffee producers in Brazil, India, East Africa,
Southeast Asia and the Arabian Peninsula.

As both a Q Arabica and Q Robusta instructor, he leads training courses for the Coffee Quality Institute (CQI) and private businesses worldwide.  Mr. Hetzel is a Board Member of the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) and Chairperson of SCAA's Global Education and Professional Development Committees that oversee the association's lecture, skill building and certificate programs.  As a visible industry figure he appears in consumer media to discuss coffee issues, including CNN, Time Magazine, MSNBC, the Wall Street Journal, Associated Press and New York Times.

Andrea Kawabata
Assistant Extension Agent, University of Hawai'i College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resouces' Cooperative Extension Service

As the agent for coffee and orchard crops, Andrea works out of the Kona Research and Extension Center and travels statewide. Andrea continues to educate growers about CBB-best management practices and is the current project investigator for the CBB Area wide Outreach and Education Program as well as The Cathartus Program, a research project on local predators of CBB called flat bark beetles. 

Andy Newbom
Director of Coffee, IPCoffees Specialty Imports

Andy spent 14 years of striving for coffee perfection. As Director of Coffee for IPCoffees Specialty Imports, he is building a new market for Mexican specialty coffee. Andy launched Barefoot Coffee Roasters, Finca Coffees, and Brew Revolution Craft Brewery. He is one of the founders of the Barista Guild of America.

J. David Walman
Founder, Rojo's Roastery

David created of Rojo’s Roastery in 2004, a full-scale roastery, lab, and two-cafe operation. He received his CQI Q-Grader License for Arabica in 2012.

David was born in Philadelphia in the 50’s. He comes by his credentials honestly: cello lessons at age 4, guitar lessons at age 5, joining the musicians union at age 13, and undergraduate studies in pre-medical sciences. He has TV and studio credentials (pedal steel guitar) in Nashville with the likes of Willie Nelson, George Jones, Waylon Jennings and Tammy Wynette. A columnist for Guitar Player and Frets Magazines, a law degree, a Wall Street venture capitalist, followed by 15 years as a New York record executive (Sony Music) working with artists such as Bob Dylan, James Taylor , and an was an associate of MIT Media Lab.

For more details about what went on at the 2015 event, see our blog at

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