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Tuesday
Feb222011

Flying In

 

Let me begin by introducing myself, my name is Boris.  I am three years of age, going on four.  I live on a seven acre coffee farm that the owners are now calling Hawaiian Energy Coffee Farm.  I am responsible for not only the farm, but also my companions: Emily, Lucy, Amelia and, my offspring, Doris (who is almost one year old).  The owners nieces, Molly and Katie, named us...thank you.  It is the second day of sunshine today.  With the rains recently passing, the flowers are starting to bloom.  The owners call it Kona Snow.  The coffee trees on the farm are absolutely beautiful.  The fragrance fills our beaks with the aroma of jasmine.  The aroma lures the honey bees who live next door.  The bees come with their song and celebrate the beginning of the new season.  The owners smile and welcome them, commenting on how they are the true “worker bees”. However, we too are contributing.   

Each year during the months of February, March and April, the slopes of Mauna Loa and Hualalai are covered in white.  “Kona Snow” refers to the spring blossoms of thousands of coffee trees along a a 25-mile stretched called the “Kona Coffee Belt”.  A group of multiple, white flowers grace each branch of every tree that gives the appearance of fresh, fallen snow.

Now let me give you all a little history on Hawaiian Energy Coffee Farm. Today is February 21, 2011. The owners, god bless them, cleared  this seven acre property four years ago and planted more than four thousand Coffea  Arabica. Today these trees amass heights of 8’ to 12’. Giving us plenty of shade to frolic.

For the past two weekends the owners and farm helpers have been busy bringing and delivering mulch.  Also, earlier this week, the last of the cherries were being picked and sent to the processor.  I believe the last harvest brought in almost 2,100 pounds of cherry, making this years total to date 48,000 pounds of Kona Coffee cherry.  The owners are very happy since they were hoping this years harvest would double last years harvest of 16,000 pounds.  

Need to close for now girls are calling...

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