Coffee lovers will want to sign up to sip a cuppa at a very special event.
On Saturday, Aug. 31, MauiGrown Coffee Co. will host a tour of its Ka'anapali Estates coffee farm as one of the events in the second annual Ka'anapali Fresh culinary weekend.
Along the way, participants will learn about the art and science of coffee cultivation, and how coffee beans get from farm to cup with MauiGrown's Kimo Falconer and Jeff Ferguson. The farm processes and markets four varieties of coffees on the hillside above Kaanapali Resort.
More than just a “hill of beans,” the Ka‘anapali Coffee Estate of Roger and Joyce Amadan will set the stage for a coffee tasting and luncheon during the tour.
Ka‘anapali Fresh photo
"We are so pleased to showcase Maui coffee as part of Ka'anapali Fresh," says Shelley Kekuna, the executive director of Kaanapali Beach Resort Association. (KBRA).
"In all of our events, we bring chefs, farmers and the island community together to showcase the important relationship between tourism and agriculture on Maui."
Tour participants meet at 10:45 a.m. at Whalers Village Fine Shops & Restaurants for a group transfer to visit the coffee fields. A deluxe luncheon at the sumptuous Ka'anapali Coffee Estate home of Roger and Joyce Amadon follows.
The panoramic estate amounts to more than just a hill of beans with the islands of Lanai and Molokai and the ocean in the distance.
"We find the agricultural concept of having our own mature coffee orchard very appealing," say the Amadons.
Chef Christian Jorgensen of CJ Deli & Diner will prepare a gourmet meal at the Amadon's residence. After lunch, the group will visit the MauiGrown shop at the historic Pioneer Mill in Lahaina for a special tasting before returning to Whalers Village at about 2 p.m. Cost is $30 per person. Covered shoes, hat and sunscreen are recommended. Call 661-3271 or visit www.kaanapalifresh.com.