Episode 13 Smith Farms Kona on Monday the 5th of January 2009

Its back again, and we couldn't be happier. We have bought this coffee for a number of years now from Bob and Cea. Cea, gave us a brief story of the farm below

"Bob was in sugar and could see its demise so after almost 20 years of cultivating sugar cane (he has his Bachelor of Science in Tropical Agriculture) we bought this old farm on 8-8-88. (I had various small jobs before like running a Humane Society, being a soccer coach for high school, being a special needs teacher- but nothing big.)

So we bought this farm, left the sugar plantation on the other side of the island and have just worked hard. For years Bob managed other farms so we could afford to get this one where we have it now. BTW Bob is the only Kona Coffee hands-on farmer with his Bachelor of Science degree that I know of in all of Kona. Many current farmers had other non-agriculture jobs like engineers, construction worker, history teacher-just thinking of my neighbours and all of these people wanted the farming lifestyle so they chose to become Kona Coffee farmers because they could do it n a beautiful place.

Bob and I both grew up on sugar plantations in Hawaii and we both are 3rd generation sugar families.

My family , on both sides came in the early 1800's- some from Scotland and one from Tahiti. Bob's family is also from England and Scotland."

This is a good example of good coffee just doesn't happen. It needs love and care from the Mother Nature and the farm and workers. Well the love this coffee has can be tasted in the cup. Pine and spice and nuts, a perfect coffee for those dark nights. A complex cup that can get confusing in the espresso machine but is well worth a try.

Beware of all those who say its Kona blend or Kona style. Often they contain just the slightest amount of the actual bean. This is 100% direct from the farm. No middlemen, nobody taking a cut along the line the money for this coffee goes straight to the farmer. This is as farm direct as it gets.


  • 5 January 2009, 11:37 pm

    Richard O'Connor says:

    Great inmymug mate but the coupon code isn’t on. I shall have to try this out.

    It just says title text here, subtitle text here

  • 9 January 2009, 4:57 pm

    Hi Steve,

    Have a good 2009 and a new resolution for you.

    Don’t forget the beans ;-)

  • 10 January 2009, 4:25 pm


  • 10 January 2009, 4:39 pm

    Strange, my original comment now appears, must be a glitch in the matrix :D

  • 12 January 2009, 10:55 am

    Glenn says:

    Hi Steve,
    I hadn’t realised you did all this stuff as well, ummmm, too busy just getting the coffee I suppose.
    Anyway, I have discovered it all now. Good idea by the way.

    Some of the titles are a bit hit and miss, just so you know.

    Oh, while I am here, how far South do you think your new ‘Meetup’ might extend at some future date?

    God Bless


  • 12 January 2009, 11:05 am

    Glenn says:

    The comments section here acts really strangely

  • 12 January 2009, 11:21 am

    Phil says:

    Great episode, Steve, and a really exceptional Kona: fresh, piney and just perfectly balanced and clean tasting.

  • 13 January 2009, 12:40 am

    Glenn says:

    Hi Steve,

    I have only just discovered this side of your operations, ummm, too focused on getting the coffee maybe. Did you notice that you announced it as 5th Jan 2008 ;-)

    I look forward to following these videos

  • 13 January 2009, 1:06 am

    Sorry about the problems with the titles I am working on it.

    Also sorry about the comments I am having some issues, should now be resolved.

  • 14 January 2009, 7:45 pm


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