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Ka'u Coffee College

9 a.m. to noon, Sunday, May 3, Pahala Community Center
Free, donations appreciated

Listen to educational talks given by visiting coffee experts.

Ka'u Coffee CollegeKa'u Coffee College returns in 2015 with its reverse trade mission and educational series. Check back later for 2015 speakers, 2014 speakers included:

Blake Hanacek
Founder & CEO - A.G.R.O. Roasters and A.G.R.O. Café Inc.

 He holds a B.Sc. in Global Resource Systems from the Faculty of Agricultural Science at the University of British Columbia. His main focus is sustainable rural development and agribusiness management. He also holds a Masters of Watershed Management from the Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability at the University of British Columbia. Mr. Hanacek has studied and worked in Canada, Sweden, Japan, Uganda, Kenya, Costa Rica, Mexico and the USA. He is one of the co-founders of AGRODEV (Agricultural Growers Resource Organization Developing Economic Viability), an international NGO based in Kenya.

Mr. Hanacek has been working in the coffee industry for over twelve years, doing everything from harvesting coffee to making lattés. He has also completed several in-depth research papers and presentations on the current methods of production and consumption of specialty coffee. He is a member of the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) and the Roaster Guild of America since 2006.

Mr. Hanacek has met with coffee growers in over 5 countries to discuss his Crop to Cup method. He started with one retail cafe and roasting house in 2006 and quickly expanded to 3 retail locations by 2009. Mr. Hanacek is an accredited roaster with over 5,000 hours behind a variety of coffee roasters.

Mark Inman
Trader - Olam Specialty Coffee

Mark Inman entered the coffee industry in 1998 based on a passion for remarkable coffee and the belief that business can be environmentally and socially progressive while remaining profitable. For over twenty years, Inman has been a leading voice in the specialty coffee industry for issues concerning sustainable agriculture, environmental stewardship, green entrepreneurship and social justice.

His tireless campaign to improve environmental and social conditions in the coffee industry, as well as voicing his support for the small farmer movement, has taken him from local classrooms in the United States to remote coffee laboratories in the hills of Nicaragua and from Washington D.C. to the floor of the United Nations. His efforts have been covered in local and nationwide publications including TIME Magazine, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal and the San Francisco Chronicle.

In 2008, Inman served as President of the Specialty Coffee Association of America, where he has also chaired or served on numerous committees and international task forces. From 2010, Inman served as President of World Coffee Events, which manages 7 international coffee competitions including the World Barista Championship (WBC).

Robert Curtis
Acting Branch Manager - Plant Pest Control, Hawai'i Dept. of Ag.

Rob Curtis

Curtis finished his Undergraduate degree at the State University of New York - College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF), triple majoring in Entomology, Forest Pathology, and Plant Genetics. He then held several positions at SUNY-ESF and Cornell University as an entomologist studying, among other things, insect taxonomy, semiochemicals, and insect biological control.

Curtis completed a Master’s degree at Washington State University studying biological control with semiochemical attractants of beneficial insects in the family Chrysopidae (Green Lacewings). After his Master’s Curtis worked at the University of British Columbia as an insect taxonomist until he was hired at HDOA in August 2012 as the entomologist for West Hawai‘i.

Curtis is currently the Acting Plant Pest Control Branch Manager for the Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture.


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