Coffee for me is the epitome of home. Through my childhood I awoke to the smell of coffee roasting, the sound of the steam tsh tsh tsh as it evaporates on the heat of the warmer. My parents old chipped cups were stained by years of coffee’s kiss and I fell in love with the ritual of the morning.
Now in my later years I am more particular about what coffee I drink. My palate differentiates between one bean or the other. I’ve learned a great deal regarding the history of coffee and how it effects the farmers, their families and to some extent, the economy of certain countries. I gained a respect for my bitter bean, as it were. It was not only nostalgia for me, but my purchases were supporting families and histories of people all around the world.
The company philosophy of Coffees of Hawaii is a natural reflection of the manner in which the Boyces manage their companies. Respect for the land, respect for the production process and fairness and respect for its employees and customers result in a successful enterprise and a life well lived.
Coffees of Hawaii is a member of 1% for the Planet. 1% of all their profits go back to the earth where their plantations depend on timely rainfall and stable growing conditions. Their respect for where their product comes from and the land on which it resides is incredibly honorable. They also support Nature Conservancy and Surfrider, as advocates for our Oceans, Waves and Beaches. In this I realized that Coffees of Hawaii wasn’t just offering another cup of coffee, they were offering an exquisite blend of Hawaiian Specialty Coffee that gave back.
Mike Atherton and Albert Boyce know the land well. Their coupled expertise, along with the location of the coffee, offers an incredible bean: no matter how you grind it. I was grateful to be given the chance to review a few of their coffees and was quite impressed. You could smell the deep earth in the lingering scent and a taste of timed perfection in the dark beans. The differences in each blend are very defined and I very much enjoyed reading the history of the people and places from which it came.
- Jasmine Blossom Green Tea. Green tea is already known for its health benefits and tea-time sipping pleasure. Jasmine blossoms are added, similar to our coffee flowers – small, white, and wonderfully aromatic. The spring-time bloom of coffee on Moloka’i wafts fragrance all around Kualapu’u town. Enjoy it in your cup.
- Lavender. Grown in up-country Maui where the air is crisp and the view is stunning, lavender is both soothing and refreshing. Used in aromatherapy to elevate one’s mood, it brings a host of other medicinal benefits.
- Lemongrass. This citrus-flavored plant has been used for thousands of years as a digestive aid, muscle & tissue tonic, and a detoxifier. The blended lemongrass in this Tisane is 100% Moloka’i -grown.
- Mamaki Ginger. Mamaki is a medicinal plant found throughout our islands. Used as a tea in healing practices, its leaves were also used to make kapa, or cloth. Combined with energizing and zesty Hawaiian-grown ginger root, this blend helps aid digestion, blood-cleansing, detoxification, and stress relief.
- Papaya Leaf Vanilla. For centuries, vanilla has been known for its aphrodisiac qualities, as well as being a favorite spice of many dessert chefs. Its sweetness is balanced by papaya leaf, which contains papain, a digestive enzyme known to help break down proteins. Papaya leaf has numerous healthful benefits, and can help relieve excess heat from the body. The vanilla beans are Maui-grown, and Moloka’i provides our papaya leaves.
Coffees of Hawaii is 100% committed to offering the finest Hawaiian premium coffees and to supporting the revitalization of both culture and ecology in the Hawaiian Islands. The incredible blends that they offer are unique in their stories as well as in their flavor and I have grown very fond of the difference. It’s certainly a coffee that you should consider switching to and if you are a coffee lover like me, one that you would admire and enjoy in the open morning air as a toast to the far away island it had blessedly come from.
I received samples for the purpose of reviewing. My opinions are my own or my families and are not influenced by any form of compensation.