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“Unexpected delight”

Ueshima Coffee Company
Ranked #6 of 18 things to do in Holualoa
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed January 16, 2013

We were made to feel really welcome by the manager, we roasted our own beans whilst increasing our coffee knowledge, and learning why Kona Coffee is so special. We drank lots of samples, and tried the macademia nuts and ice cream too, we thoroughly enjoyed our visit,

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Reviewed August 2, 2012

We've been there twice, and they have nice people. They are generous with samples, and their coffee is the best we have tasted on the island.

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Reviewed June 16, 2012

We did the tour. They answered all my questions about coffee growing/farming (I asked a lot). We learned a lot, got to roast our own beans (great souvenir), and walked away with some great tasting coffee. Very reasonable price for the experience.

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Reviewed March 22, 2012

The place looks very small, like a one man operation. It is actually part of the Ueshima Coffee family of coffee farms. It's an international company, but in Kona, it's very hands-on friendly. Free coffee is provided upon arrival.

We took the $ 30.00 coffee tour. This included a one on one presentation and questions and answer session with a very knowledgeable coffee grower - a very nice young lady whose name is June. She was very patient even though we interrupted her presentation time and time again with questions. She taught me more about coffee in an hour than I had learned in my previous 50 years.

We were lucky to be able to see the coffee trees in bloom and some coffee beans (cherries) on the trees from last year. We were able to pick a few and June explained the harvesting process and the difference between the beans. They sun dry their beans in the old tradition before they are roasted.

The tour also included each of our group roasting our own coffee beans. June went through the history of roasting and showed us a chart of the many different levels of roasting and what to expect out of each level. The roasting process was very interesting - the beans pop, then crackle and then get ready very quickly. We cooled the beans and packaged them in personalized bags which were ours to keep.

We also learned the difference between the various grades of Kona coffee and the limited area where it is grown. There is a huge difference between Kona Coffee and Hawaiian Coffee. Kona Coffee (very fancy, fancy, etc.) is the top selection. If it just says Hawaiian coffee-- that is the lowest grade. This grading is done by the State.

I highly recommend not only visiting, but taking the roasting tour. You will not be disappointed. This roasting tour is good for seniors down to age 5 or so.

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Reviewed September 27, 2011

It was a long winding road to get to the farm, but the view at the coffee farm was breathtaking. Initially we were going for the complimentary tour, but when we got there, we decided to do the $30 per person roast your own coffee tour. It was an excellent choice, we learned so much about coffee trees, the process of roasting coffee, etc. The young lady that was giving the tour was wonderful and very informative. We even got our picture on the roasting coffee packages (4) as part of the tour. The coffee is wonderful, and we gained a lot of knowledge on how coffee was made. Roasting the coffee ourselves was definitely a valuable experience.

Thank gracecl88
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