Maui Coffee Farmers, Gerry Ross and Janet Simpson, win Best Coffee on Maui for the second year in a row at the Hawaii Coffee Association’s 2nd Annual Statewide Cupping Competition held this past weekend on The Big Island at the Sheraton Keauhou Beach Resort.
They scored high enough overall to be placed second in the state with their coffee, grown and harvested at Kupa’a Farms. The first place award went to coffee grown in the Ka’u district of the Big Island.
“Kupa’a” means “firm” or “solid” in Hawaiian and although the name originated in reference to the once rocky soil it now reflects the solid, life-giving practices they use to grow food. Kupa’a grows a number of different types of coffee varieties but most of their coffee comes from red catuai, Kona tipica, and yellow catuai which has yellow cherries. Kupa’a Farms uses only organic farming practices on their farm in Upcountry Maui, where they also grow organic fruits and vegetables.