Wailele Estates Kona Coffee
Hand picked, sun dried, slow drum roasted Arabica beans grown in our family orchards.
What makes Wailele Coffee consistently delicious?
While we haven't quite figured out what it is that gives the Wailele coffee harvest such a consistently flavorful bean, all we know is, so far, so good, so we must be doing something right!
It may be because we are situated in the heart of 100% Kona Coffee Country, a 20 mile belt that stretches along the sunny leeward coast from Kailua-Kona through Honaunau and into the farthest reaches of the Kealia region.
This verdant stretch of coffee orchards, rising from 1000ft above sea level into the misty cloud forests found at 3000ft is considered ideal coffee growing country. Blessed with bright morning sunshine drying off the trees after our nightly rainfall, followed by afternoon cloud cover keeping the trees a comfortable humidity, and with roots well drained in the volcanic porous soil (coffee, it is said, likes "dry feet") coffee grown in Kona has continued to flourish for 200 years. This delicious coffee is also renowned as the longest continuously grown crop in all the United States!
It's a Family Affair
Since we planted our coffee crop in 2003, many family members, friends and neighbors have helped us bring in the crop through all seasons.
With most of our family members coming from as far away as Holland, Austria, Spain, Belgium and even South Africa, they tend to stay more then just days, usually its for a few weeks or even two or three months.
During their time here on the farm, everyone helps with bringing the crop to harvest such as hand fertilizing the trees, pruning, harvesting, assisting with pulping and raking the beans as they dry in the sun. Its all hands on deck whenever help is needed.
Why Goats Matter?
For anyone who has ever kept goats, they quite likely would not dispute that goats are quite probably the mastermind criminals of the animal kingdom.
Renowned for their Houdini tricks, with remarkable abilities as escape artists, they are also, if given the opportunity, masters of destruction and chaos.
Yet, coffee lovers throughout the globe must give thanks to these intelligent (and conniving) beasts, for they really know their beans!
Why do they know their beans? Because they are the original discoverers of the revivifying powers of the coffee bean.