Coffee farmer ranks growing on Maui

Coffee farmer ranks growing on Maui

There are 5 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Apr 21, 2008, titled Coffee farmer ranks growing on Maui. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

COURTESY PHOTO Former railroad conductor Maurice Smith picks coffee beans on his Maui farm.

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GMO Gene Injection

San Diego, CA

#1 Apr 21, 2008
This is another example to keep Hawaii crops safe from the future devestating effects of GMO Gene Injected Coffee. Support our local farmers and not the GMO scientist or GMO chemical companies that don't even consume GMO products themselves.
David Hill

Kamuela, HI

#2 Apr 22, 2008
What I'd like to know is how these smalltime coffee growers get their coffee beans milled?

A coffee milling machine is a major investment and usually not affordable by the average ma and pa grower. It's one of the main reasons why so many people that grow coffee on their property in hawaii never take that extra step and process what they grow.

Sure they can sell their coffee cherries to the major coffee farms but instead of getting 30.00 a pound for their processed coffee...they get $1.00 a pound.

Anyone know where one can buy a reasonably price coffee dehusker for a small time coffee grower?
David Hill

Kamuela, HI

#3 Apr 22, 2008
How can a Maui Ma And Pa coffee producer mill their beans when coffee milling machines are far beyond the price of the average small time grower?

Sure the large coffee producers encourge people to grow coffee on their property but they know when it comes time to harvest the beans...noone will have the machinery so they sell the red cherries to the large producers for a fraction of what they could be worth if they produced it themselves.

Maybe now with a co-op...the small growers may be able to produce their crop and make a little money
Sydney Smith

Pearl City, HI

#4 May 20, 2008
QUOTE who="David Hill"What I'd like to know is how these smalltime coffee growers get their coffee beans milled?
Hi David - you may buy reasonably priced equipment from Emmerich Grosch of the Captain Cook Trading Co. on The Big Island

or go to the big coffee farms in your area and ask if they could help you. If you have 100lbs or more of coffee in parchment they will usually help or point you in the right direction.
Hope this helps.
stephen gufreda

Beavercreek, OR

#5 Dec 27, 2009
Is jeff ferguson the the jeff that started coffe bean coffe co in eugen oregon? I f it is please have him e mail me [email protected]

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