We needed coffee and set out for Kauai Coffee Plantation today. The sun was shining after several days of heavy rain and flash flood warnings. It was a short drive from our Lawai Beach Resort Time Share Property.
Kauai Coffee’s location is in the midst of its coffee orchards. The store is part gift shop, coffee tasting, coffee educational museum and outdoor “maze.”
Kauai Coffee Company has the largest drip irrigation coffee estate in the world. The tubing is more than 2500 miles. “Kauai Coffee is committed to following environmentally friendly agricultural practices.” We also learned that the coffee plants are related to gardenias. When coffee is in bloom it too is quite fragrant. In 1996 Kauai Coffee Plantation exceeded the coffee production of all the combined coffee plantations in the Kona region of the Big Island.
We did the short walking tour (the “maze”) and enjoyed the signage explaining the coffee production process and the heavy equipment and facilities used in its production. Please be aware that this is not a maze as was explained in the first “maze” sign. Our grandchildren were disappointed. The walk was extremely easy to follow and one would be hard pressed to get lost.
After the walk we returned to the gift shop and bought some coffee we had just seen roasted. We also signed up for the coffee of the month plan and look forward to the first arrival in January 2011. Kauai Coffee Company’s website has shopping online.
We look forward to serving this delicious coffee to our Camai Bed and Breakfast guests.