HARVESTING & PROCESSING
PICKING THE BEANS
The majority of farms throughout Hawaii are smaller, allows them to hand select only the finest beans. On average, an experienced harvester will pick between 150 to 320 pounds daily.
Freshly harvested beans are closely inspected for quality control before the next step in preparation prior to roasting.
Large farms often use rotational drying machines to speed mass production. In contrast, boutique farms use the ancient method of sun drying on racks, a process that takes about seven days in the warm Hawaiian sun.
Beans are gently and continually turned with drying rakes to ensure uniform drying. What remains is a thin skin over the coffee bean called parchment, like the paper. This natural process retains more of the unique characteristics of the bean.