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  • 15 Feb 2023 1:50 PM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

    February 10, 2023 – The National Coffee Association (NCA), World Coffee Research (WCR), the Synergistic Hawaii Agricultural Council (SHAC), and the Hawaii Coffee Association (HCA) applaud the Coffee Plant Health Initiative Amendments Act (CPHIAA, H.R. 965) introduced Thursday by Rep. Jill Tokuda (HI-02) along with Reps. Jenniffer González-Colón (P.R.), Ed Case (HI-01), and Garret Graves (LA-06) and Sens. Mazie Hirono (HI) and Brian Schatz (HI). The amendment authorizes research to combat pests and diseases that threaten coffee supplies and farmers by expanding the scope of an existing initiative at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 

    The $225 billion U.S. coffee sector and more than 1.6 million U.S. jobs rely on coffee supplies from around the world. Coffee growers in Hawaii and Puerto Rico that supply the lucrative specialty coffee market in the United States, as well as growers in low-income countries, are particularly vulnerable to pests and disease. The CPHIAA will accelerate agricultural research to help overcome these challenges while maintaining flavor and quality. 

    “More Americans (66% of adults) drink coffee each day than any other beverage,” said William “Bill” Murray, President and CEO of the NCA. “As agricultural research and development plays a key role in the future of America’s favorite beverage, NCA urges Congress to advance legislation that prioritizes coffee as a key contributor to Americans’ daily lives, farmers’ livelihoods, and the U.S. economy.”    

    “From Kona to Maui to Mayaguez, coffee is woven into our island cultures and drives over $500 million in benefits to our communities,” said Suzanne Shriner, Administrator of SHAC. “Hawaiian growers have been devastated by diseases such as leaf rust, which arrived in 2020 and cut crop yields in half after causing $1 billion in damages globally and forcing farm workers, particularly in Central America, to abandon farms and even migrate. This bill focuses needed research attention on our biggest problems, while helping our small farmers stay in business.”[MSM1] 

    “We are proud to support the Coffee Plant Health Initiative Amendments Act,” said Chris Manfredi, Executive Director of the HCA. “This important legislation will help Hawaii target resources toward the most immediate threats to our coffee. By also anticipating future threats, it will enable researchers to quickly pivot as they emerge and ensure the survival of one of Hawaii’s most important crops.” 

    “The mainland coffee industry in the U.S. will also benefit from this legislation and resulting research,” said Vern Long, CEO of World Coffee Research. “U.S. coffee businesses and drinkers rely on coffee grown around the world. CPHIAA will enable much-needed research at a time when coffee is under severe strain. Public research aligned with industry needs is critical to securing the future of coffee.” [MSM2] 

    Legislators are seeking to include the CPHIAA in the 2023 Farm Bill to amend a program established in the 1990 Farm Bill that focused exclusively on the coffee berry borer pest.

     [MSM1]Suggest shortening each quote and distributing key messages across them, for length and to avoid redundancy.

    “From Kona to Maui to Mayaguez, coffee is woven into our island cultures and provides more than $500 million in benefits to our communities. Coffee leaf rust arrived to Hawaii in 2020 and cut crop yields in half. It has caused $1 billion in damage globally and forced coffee farmers, particularly in Latin America, to abandon their farms and even to leave their countries.” 

     [MSM2]U.S. coffee business and coffee drinkers rely on coffee grown in Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and on 25 million smallholder farms around the world. Passing CPHIAA is critical to enable public research aligned with private sector and grower expertise and priorities.” 

    CPHIAA joint press release.pdf

  • 22 Jan 2023 10:59 PM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)


    What: The Best of Ka‘ū Coffee Auction: A private auction of specialty coffees grown in Ka‘ū District, Hawaii Island

    Hosted by: The Alliance for Coffee Excellence and Isla Custom Coffees

    Where: For samples and online auction details, visit

    When: June 15, 2023

    On June 15, 2023, Isla Custom Coffees and the Alliance for Coffee Excellence (ACE) will hold the first auction devoted to beans from one of Hawaii’s best-kept secrets: the Ka‘ū District on Hawaii Island.

    “We are thrilled to introduce the first regional coffee auction from Hawaii, as well as the first cupping competition exclusively for Ka‘ū growers,” says R. Miguel Meza, Isla’s founder. “As we have grown our Private Auction Collection program since its inception in 2014m we are excited to work with diverse coffee origins and this partnership with Best of Ka‘ū is a great match says, Executive Director of Alliance for Coffee Excellence, Darrin Daniel. 

    It has been more than 15 years since green beans from Ka‘ū made a splash in the international coffee scene. From 2007-2012, Ka‘ū growers regularly scored in the top 10 of the Coffees of the Year (COTY) events. Organized by the Roasters Guild of America, COTY was among the most prestigious worldwide cupping competitions.

    Since COTY’s end, there hasn’t been a competition to demonstrate the quality of Ka‘ū green beans to an international audience. Isla is proud to partner with ACE in selecting and sharing the best coffees this region has to offer. After more than a decade of sourcing Hawaii grown specialty coffees for importers and roasters, Isla has a deep network of Ka‘ū farmers — including ones who have scored highly in COTY events and the Hawaii Coffee Association's statewide cupping competitions.

    This marks the second coffee auction that Isla will hold with ACE, building on the successful 2021 Hawaii Specialty Coffee Auction. In March of 2021, Isla worked with its best producers to showcase 16 micro-lots from the Kona and Ka‘ū Districts of Hawaii Island. All were selected for auction by a panel of 18 Cup of Excellence judges from 6 different countries, which are known as a Global Coffee Centers (GCCs)

    About The Alliance for Coffee Excellence

    Alliance for Coffee Excellence is a global non-profit membership-based organization that brings together the global marketplace in order to create a more transparent and sustainable economic future for high-quality farmers. ACE manages a Global Coffee Center Education Lab, Cup of Excellence samples and Private Collection Auctions. Adhering to ACE’s mission of rewarding exemplary coffee farmers, ACE Private Collection Auctions is a curation of auctions with organizations and farmers who best exemplify ACE’s standards with Cup of Excellence programming. For more information about membership and to register for samples and auctions please visit 

    Kathia Lopez Rosa. 

    Auction Manager 
    Alliance for Coffee Excellence

  • 11 Jan 2023 9:11 AM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

    Presented by the Ka‘u Coffee Festival and Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, “The History of Ka‘u Coffee” shares the pioneering spirit and challenges of coffee growers in the state’s largest agricultural region that sprawls windward to leeward on the southern half of Hawai‘i Island.

  • 06 Jan 2023 5:25 PM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

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    Following a 2021 that might be characterized by the generic phrase “logistics issues,” the global coffee industry experienced something like a return to normalcy in 2022.

    Of course, normalcy in green coffee production and trade is in and of itself historically characterized by logistical complexity and extreme volatility.

    Thus, stakeholders from throughout the coffee universe explored new ways this past year in which to create potentially healthier and more sustainable markets, building upon emerging concepts such as transparency and supply chain equity.

    Many of the year’s biggest innovations in green coffee involved data. In various breakthrough examples, these data were tied to green coffee prices, living incomes for farmers, risk calculations for corporations, climate adaptation and production improvements for farmers, and more.

    Continue reading...

  • 28 Dec 2022 10:57 AM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

  • 27 Dec 2022 6:01 PM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

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    Officials are proposing the release of a parasitoid wasp from Africa to assist in the fight against the invasive coffee berry borer. Continue reading...

  • 23 Nov 2022 11:06 AM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

    New Programs Will Provide Additional Pandemic and Natural Disaster Assistance for 2020 and 2021; Deadline Announced for Previous Emergency Relief 


    WASHINGTON, Nov. 15, 2022 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced plans for additional emergency relief and pandemic assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). USDA is preparing to roll out the Emergency Relief Program (ERP) Phase Two as well as the new Pandemic Assistance Revenue Program (PARP), which are two programs to help offset crop and revenue losses for producers.  USDA is sharing early information to help producers gather documents and train front-line staff on the new approach. 

    “We have worked diligently to help agricultural producers bounce back from devastating natural disasters as well as the coronavirus pandemic through an extensive suite of programs,” said Vilsack. “No matter how well we design these targeted efforts, we often find that some producers fall through the cracks or were harmed more severely than their neighbors. These new programs apply a holistic approach to emergency assistance – an approach not focused on any one disaster event or commodity but rather one focused on filling gaps in assistance for agricultural producers who have, over the past few years, suffered losses from natural disasters and the pandemic.”   

    ERP Phase Two will assist eligible agricultural producers who suffered eligible crop losses, measured through decreases in revenue, due to wildfires, hurricanes, floods, derechos, excessive heat, winter storms, freeze (including a polar vortex), smoke exposure, excessive moisture and qualifying droughts occurring in calendar years 2020 and 2021.    

    PARP will assist eligible producers of agricultural commodities who experienced revenue decreases in calendar year 2020 compared to 2018 or 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. PARP will help address gaps in previous pandemic assistance, which was targeted at price loss or lack of market access, rather than overall revenue losses.   Continue reading...

  • 13 Nov 2022 10:36 AM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

    This year's top scoring coffees from the 51st Annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Cupping Competition are a collection of unique varieties and some experimental processing methods. 66 coffee entries were submitted into this year's competition. Kona Farm Direct took first place in the Classic Division - reserved for small-holder farms and celebrating innovation - with a fruit-dried (natural-process) Mokka variety scoring 86.42. Top Ten coffees in this division saw a very tight competition and scored within less than 1.5 points of each other. This year's Kona Heritage Award - a parchment-dried (washed) Typica variety in celebration of traditional cultivation techniques in Kona coffee - went to Ka'awaloa Trail Farm finishing in Fifth Place overall and scoring 86.13. The Crown Division award -required HDOA certification for a 500 lb lot and reserved for larger farms and mills - went to a parchment-dried Typica entry from Imagine 100% Kona Coffee scoring 83.65.

    The cupping competition strictly followed Specialty Coffee Association cupping methodology and protocol and was hosted by Pacific Coffee Research of Kailua Kona, Hawai'i in their Coffee Quality Institute certified lab.

    "I am so proud of the Kona coffee growers' tenacity and dedication to producing quality coffee despite so many obstacles over the past few years. Your pursuit paves way for a younger generation's opportunity to innovate and elevate the Kona coffee industry."

    - Brittany Horn, 2022 KCCP Cupping Competition Committee Chair

    Kona Coffee Cupping Competition Final Rankings

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