Coffee meet and greet

First and second photo: Emerick Groch (left), owner of Captain Cook Coffee Equipment, processes coffee cherries through a peeling machine in a demonstration for residents and tourists Saturday afternoon during the sixth annual “Seed to Cup” Coffee Fest and Coffee Bicentennial Celebration at the University of Hawaii Maui College, hosted by the college and the Maui Coffee Association.

Third photo: Rob Lind, co-owner of Olinda Organic Farm, shows Wailuku resident Robin Arita-Chang coffee beans grown on his Upcountry land. About a dozen Valley Isle farmers participated in the event with music, taiko drumming, a coffee recipe contest and demonstrations of coffee cherry peeling, as well as, coffee bean roasting. “This event is about trying to get info out to the public that we grow some pretty good coffee here on Maui,” said Gerry Ross, association vice president. “This is an opportunity for people to taste a lot of different coffee blends and meet some of the local farmers.”

Fourth photo: Pukalani resident Holly Huelsmann takes a whiff of coffee dressing made by Upcountry Farm Specialties Inc.