Yesterday I had the opportunity to give a call to Cea Smith at Smith Farms on the big island of Hawaii. Many of you know that Bob and Cea are our coffee farmer friends in Hawaii, and we have been proud to limit our Hawaiian offerings to only their estate coffee. It is that good.
Turns out Bob was off testifying about the status of the coffee twig borer beetle, a little pest that burrows into the laterals of coffee trees and kills the branches from that point to the distal end. Harvests were down last year due to this problem, and they are back this year.
But other than that, Cea says the crop seems to be coming in nicely. Harvest starts in September. We should see new crop maybe in October. More good news, they think they will be able to sell us enough green to meet our demand. Yay!
Sometime later this month I will offer the last of the current year’s crop as we get ready for the upcoming crop. Stay tuned.