Back home, I frequently visit agricultural facilities. They all grow a single crop, grapes, and convert said produce into wine. On Tuesday, I visited a farm that does not grow grapes nor even create alcohol from the crops. We went to Kauai coffee, a plantation that produces half of the coffee grown on Hawaii; albeit in the shadow of the more famous coffee from the Kona region of The Big Island.

The coffee plantation is fairly new, having replaced sugarcane about twenty five years ago. The Hawaiian islands, once a major producer of sugar for US consumption, have moved away from the crop over the last fee decades as static prices have eroded the economics of growing it.

The visit consisted of walking through coffee bushes and various pieces of equipment used to grow, harvest, and process the beans. Informational signs provided education on the process. At the end of the walk was an opportunity to taste several of their coffees. All of this was free, and was a diverting forty minutes on the way back from a morning drive to Waimea Canyon.


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