Sunday
Mar132011

Providing Nutrients for Hawaiian Energy Kona Coffee


  

I am exhausted!  Latte and I supervised the unloading of 40 bags of fertilizer called Coffee booster.  The coffee booster will help the plants produce the best 100% Kona coffee. 

The owners are awaiting a favorable forecast to spread about 16 of these bags.  Boris and the girls do their best to help in this cause, however the standard is to fertilize every three months.

Saturday
Mar052011

Coffee Pruning 101 by Boris

March is a beautiful time of the year on the Hawaiian Energy Farm.  The girls are laying for a spring time hatch.  There are few storms in the forecast, so we are hoping the rains will find our Kona Coffea Arabica. 

We watched the last of the coffee cherries being harvested this week.

Pruning has begun. The method of choice is the old, traditional Kona-style which consists of removing the oldest branches from each tree so there is room for new branches to replace them.  Coffee branches require a year or two to reach full maturity.  Production starts to drop off by the fourth year, so by constantly removing older branches to make room for younger branches the tree can produce at a steading level year after year. Depending on conditions, it’s also possible to prune lighter some years to help boost production or prune heavier in other years to prevent die back due to over-bearing.  The disadvantage of traditional Kona-style pruning is that every tree must be pruned every year.

Well I must attend to my flock.

Saturday
Feb262011

Coffee Bark

 


You’ve met Boris and the girls.  Let me take this time to introduce myself, my name is Latte. As my name would indicate, I am named after my coffee farm.  My sister, Mocha, lives next door at the neighbors.  Mocha helped early on prepping Hawaiian Energy Coffee Farm to grow 100% Kona coffee.  We helped dig the almost 4,000 holes for the Coffea Arabica.  We surveyed and measured each hole, spacing them six feet apart in rows of two, spacing the rows 12 feet apart. 

My job now is mostly farm management.  I have an apprentice,  brought in from Austrailia by the owners. His name is Tazman,  we call him Taz.  Our main job making sure that there is food in the bowls for Boris and the girls, as well as water in their trough that they use mostly for bathing.  We are also responsible for searching out fresh eggs left by the wild chickens. 

Taz and I enjoy tasting the Coffea Arabica, making sure each section of the farm is producing the finest tasting, pure Kona coffee the owners are able to provide. 

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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