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Come celebrate with us!

Ka'u Coffee College

9 a.m. to noon, Sunday, TBA, 2020, 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. 2020 speakers are yet to be announced.

2019 Ka‘u Coffee College:

“This year’s college focuses on needs expressed by local growers,” notes long-time festival organizer Chris Manfredi. “In particular, we’ve found that estimating the harvest can be elusive and challenging and has caused some issues, particularly in the wake of last year’s volcanic eruption. Being better able to accurately predict yields helps bolster good business practices.”

Increasing Coffee Production in Ka‘u - Andrea Kawabata


Ka'u Coffee CollegeBased in Kona, Kawabata is an assistant extension agent for coffee and orchard crops with University of Hawai‘i’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources cooperative extension service. Since 2011 she has been on the forefront of coordinating and providing coffee berry borer integrated pest management recommendations to growers throughout the state and beyond. She also conducts research applicable to farmers.


Ka'u Coffee CollegeA Rapid Visual Estimation of Coffee Yield in Hawai‘i - Dr. Adel Youkhana


A researcher and lecturer in the Natural Resources and Environmental Management department at University of Hawai‘i-Manoa, Dr. Youkhana holds a Ph.D. in NREM. With his colleagues, Dr. Youkhana has published numerous research papers and his efforts have delved into shade coffee agroecosystems, biofuel feedstock production and silviculture of coffee hybrid Leucaena.


Learn How to Process Distinctive Coffee with Added Yeast Strains - Brittany Horn, owner/founder of Pacific Coffee Research


Ka'u Coffee CollegeLocated in Kealakekua, PCR is a specialty coffee education center and the Specialty Coffee Association’s premier training campus in Hawai‘i. It is home to a Coffee Quality Institute-certified cupping lab. PCR has partnered with Lallemand, a global leader in the development and production of yeasts, to introduce its line of Lalcafe coffee yeasts. PCR provides support for producers wanting to add yeast strains to their fermentation process by assisting in designing trials and providing cupping feedback.

Pesticide Safety Training - Cal Westergard, environmental health specialist with Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture’s Pesticide Branch


Ka'u Coffee CollegeCal previously worked in pesticide enforcement in Saipan prior to moving back to Hilo in 2015. Westergard is an expert on the updated federal Worker Protection Standards regarding proper pesticide use and safety and can share what the standards are, to whom they apply, and what is needed to be compliant. Learn how to safely mix and apply pesticides in the coffee orchard.

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

For more details about what went on at previous events, see our blog at kaucoffeefestival.blogspot.com. Last four photos by Lora Botanova.

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