Ka'u Coffee College
May 11, 9 a.m. to noon, Pahala Community Center
Free, donations appreciated
Listen to educational talks by visiting coffee experts.
Ka'u Coffee College returned in 2013 with its reverse trade mission and educational series. Speakers included:
Munson is president of Brooklyn Roasting Company, a wholesale-and-retail roastery committed to superb and socially responsible coffee. With cafes in the United States and Japan, Brooklyn is an international brand.
Munson launched his coffee career at Dallis Bros. Coffee. During his eight years at Dallis, Jim served as chairman of the American Institute of Wine and Food's New York chapter. He also has served on the Specialty Coffee Association of America's Conference Committee and the National Coffee Association's Information and Education Committee.
Before joining the coffee industry, Munson worked for 10 years at The Brooklyn Brewery as a partner and general manager. He is an alumnus of Williams College and has 2 daughters, Iris and Shay.
Po-Jung “Simon” Hsieh
Hsieh is the founder and owner of Soaring Phoenix Trading Co., a green-bean importer. Hsieh also is one of Taiwan’s most accomplished specialty roasters. Coffee Review: The World’s Leading Coffee-Buying Guide has published 18 reviews of his coffees that scored 90 points or higher.
In addition, Hsieh is an accomplished author. He translated Kenneth Davids’ book, Home Coffee Roasting, into Chinese. He audited the Chinese edition of Mamoru Taguchi’s Coffee Encyclopedia. And he wrote his own book, Coffee Extraction: All About Brewing.
Hsieh sells his roasted coffee under two brands: 4-Arts Zero Defect Coffees and Simon Hsieh Aroma Roast Coffees. He offers professional training in hand-pour and siphon brewing, as well as sample roasting and home roasting. Finally, he is a consultant for cafes and a quality-control adviser for Taiwanese coffee farmers.
Dr. Lisa Keith
Dr. Keith is a Research Plant Pathologist at PBAR and shared about Coffee Berry Borer Efforts at PBARC with a Focus on Optimization of Microbial Control Applications for CBB Management.
Dr. Keith joined the ARS Tropical Plant Genetic Resources and Disease Research Unit in Hilo, HI, in 2002. Her primary research interests include the biology, detection, etiology, and control of bacterial and fungal pathogens. She uses a combination of lab, greenhouse and field-based techniques to identify economically important and emerging plant pathogens and to develop environmentally sound and economically viable control strategies for the management of diseases of crops grown under tropical or subtropical conditions.
All are welcome. Donations Appreciated. Call (808) 929-9550.