Festival is all about coffee

Oma Coffee Roasting Co. Vice President Maria Holmes (right, first photo) chats with Robbi Kean of Kihei during Saturday’s Seed to Cup Coffee Festival at the Maui Tropical Plantation. Displaying their coffee alongside Holmes are Hugo Buetler of Upcountry Farm Specialties and Jeff Ferguson of MauiGrown Coffee. The 11th annual event featured more than 12 coffee farmers and roasters who put on demonstrations and tastings. There also were contests and live music all day.

Jen Burt of the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (from left, second photo) talks about coffee berry borer beetles with Ron and Carol Riccio of Kihei during Saturday’s Seed to Cup Coffee Festival at the Maui Tropical Plantation. Burt, who is based in Kona, shared tips on how to stop the spread of the devastating insects and also how to control them. She said the beetles can ruin up to 80 percent of a farmer’s coffee crop

The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photos

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