1955 Lava Flow and we were there:)

Our dad Frank Burns (CES Burns Jr.) took most of this video. He was manager and had to prove to the insurance company that the fire destroyed the cane acreage and before the approaching lava. The sugar plantation has insurance for fire- not lava and lots of acreage was burned. All we Burns kids are in the video, mom and dad, even our grandmother Puna Walker and our parents good friends David and Beppy Young.

long version (2 Hours+) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DN9pdJyGhuo

short version (2 minutes) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERZ3BInV4CY

Ordering and Shipping

To order please go here: https://www.smithfarms.com/order/

Shipping Information below.
All USPS mail will be handled now by Stamps.com,
a sub-contractor
Please look for an email from stamps.com which will let you know your order has shipped. Thanks.

attention#1) USPS Tracking is not totally reliable. I hand in the package here in Honaunau on Hawaii island about 8 am. The package then goes to Honolulu on Oahu island. It then leaves Honolulu close to midnight of the same day. But the Tracking often does not reflect the movement afterward so it appears the package has only left Honolulu. (Must be hanging out in cyberspace for the next 3 or 4 days!) And some packages get delivered and the Tracking never shows that result. egads.
#2) Despite the term “3 Day Priority”, it is really is 4 or 5 days from Hawaii.
#3) 99.9% of our packages arrive within 5-6 days many without any indication of movement on the USPS site so apologies to you, but don’t lose hope.

USPS Priority Flat Rate Envelope- Shipping + Handling
holds from a half pound of roasted up to 3 pounds of green
Canada/Mexico -$24.25
other International -apprx. $32.95

USPS Priority Flat Rate Medium Box -Shipping + Handling
holds from 3 pounds of roasted to a Bulk (5#) Bag and up to 10 pounds of green
US– $13.90
Canada/Mexico – $45.95
other International– apprx.$66.50

USPS Priority Flat Rate Large Box Shipping and Handling
more than 5 pounds of roasted coffee, 2 Bulk (5#) bags
US– $18.55
just ask

Warning: We have found that International packages sometimes take longer than the 6-10 days. We process your order as quickly as we can but once your package is in the hands of the International postal carriers, we have absolutely no control. Feel free to ask in the Comments box, for USPS Express International (more expensive, naturally), if you want to get it asap. I will give you a quote.

You are buying premium, gourmet and valuable Fresh Roasted 100% Kona Coffee. We roast the day before we send it. We are always happy to send it the way YOU want it! You make our world!

Your choices for shipping will have to be ONE of these Two Services 

#1-USPS Priority via stamps.com- cheapest

USPS Priority means it takes 5-6 days within the US.(see caution note above)
Two roasted pounds or 3 green pounds and less will go via USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelope for $7.45

More than 2 roasted pounds and more than 3 pounds of green beans, up to 5 lbs of roasted coffee and up to 10 pounds of green go in USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate Medium box for $13.90

more than 5 lbs of roasted coffee will go in a USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate LARGE box for $18.55

#2 OR – FedEx

about 19+$ for a Business address for 5 Pounds
about 17+$ for 2 or 3 pounds to a residential

You can see the choices and change your mind on the Order Form

We do love International orders but the postage is sadly higher.
FYI-We just sent our most International order ever- to Krgystan and it took 18 days from here. Sent one to Turkey too and that took 16 days! Exciting for us!


If you are ordering for an International address, please fill out my order form as well as you can AND in the “COMMENTS” section- please write out the complete address. I will use that complete address in mailing your package. Please include your telephone number because International mail asks for it. If there is trouble delivering your package, I assume:) they will call you or me if they have your telephone number.

USPS Priority Flat Rate Envelope- Shipping + Handling
holds from a half pound of roasted up to 3 pounds of green
Canada/Mexico -$24.25
other International – $35.40

USPS Priority Flat Rate Medium Box -Shipping + Handling
holds from 3 pounds of roasted to a Bulk (5#) Bag and up to 10 pounds of green
Canada/Mexico – $45.15
other International– $64.70

Photo of our FedEx drop off that we drive to. No trucks can come up to our farm so we drive 2.5 miles to this FedEx drop-off. (FYI- the US Post Office is about 4 miles away)
FedEx small

#2- FedEx
Not available for Canada/International– The USPS mail charges a much lower brokerage fee to get the package through customs!

FedEx: if you choose FedEx, packages can go from here to there in 2 Business days. This does not count weekend days.

FedEx Shipping Cost 5 lbs coffee + box = $19.38

FedEx Caution….Be sure that you have given me the exact detailed address for FedEx Delivery or further costs will accumulate for you. Sorry. JUST BE SURE of the exact address. Please include the telephone number too, just in case. Thank you.

*Your invoice within your package will have the actual shipping charges that I will post to your card.

Some up close begonia flowers that bloom in September. Their leaves in the back ground, look painted with silver paint.

What can fit in a USPS Priority Flat Rate envelope no matter where it goes?

  • 1 or 2 pound bags of our roasted coffee or up to 3 pounds of green
  • We believe in shipping green/unroasted coffee via USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate system.We can fit 3 pounds of green/unroasted beans shipped within the US for that same $7.45
  • We can fit 3 pounds of green/unroasted beans in an USPS International Flat Rate Envelope to Canada and Mexico,etc.

What doesn’t fit in a USPS Priority Flat Rate envelope?

More than 2 pounds of our roasted coffee, no more green/unroasted than I write above.

Hope that helps!

Smithfarms Coffee Prices Crop 2017


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100% Pure Kona “Estate Grade” Roasted Coffee * Whole Beans
$25.50/LB +
$8.25 S&H via USPS
$13.25/half LB +
$8.25 S&H via USPS
 $122.50/FIVE LB bag +
14.45 S&H via

100% Pure Kona “Estate Grade” Roasted Coffee *Ground Beans
$26.50/LB + $8.25 S&H via USPS
$13.50/half LB + $8.25 S&H via USPS
$127.50/ FIVE LB bag + 14.45 S&H via USPS


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100% Pure Kona Peaberry Roasted Coffee * Whole Beans
$34/LB + $8.25 S&H via USPS
$165.75/5 LB bag
+ 14.45 S&H via
peaberry is only 5% of our total crop and there fore commands a higher price

alertCaution: We will not be selling any green coffee beans perhaps until October 1st. Thanks for your understanding. And…if you want to be alerted asap, just email me here

green unroasted Estate Grade 100% Kona Coffee beans
$19.50/pound + postage
no bulk quantity discount-we’re a very small farm

click to read about it>>> Roasted & ground Grade B Smithfarms
$21/LB+ $8.25 S&H via  USPS
$100/5 LB bag + 14.45 S&H via USPS

limited quantity

Holiday Cheer 2016!

Holidays 2016 

and…of course our suggestion is a gift of Smithfarms Coffee.

A generous gift of freshly roasted 100% Kona coffee from Hawaii is the perfect gift for absolutely anyone on your list. Choose smithfarms whole bean or ground coffee and be assured your selection will be enjoyed by all. Lots of size choices for you- so click along to our order page.

checkmarkDon’t forget to include your Gift sentiment on our order form-found on the 2nd page where you choose [Shipping Method]. Your sentiment will be tucked in with our Holiday brochure, which explains just how unique our coffee and your gift is! (Brochure does not include prices.)

We will do the rest!
Shipping Dates- Important Information

USPS: we can ship but will not guarantee Xmas arrival
FedEx:  Place your order by December 18 to arrive by Christmas


Questions? email me

Sea Grapes

excerpt taken from Marie C. Neal’s IN GARDENS OF HAWAII– 1965

Coccoloba uvifera: (the entire section below)

At home in thickets along sandy shores in warm parts of America is the sea grape,which in Hawaii is planted as a windbreak near beaches. It is a twisting tree, to 20 feet or more high; the trunk rarely attains a diameter of 3 feet. The branches zig zag and form a dense canopy; the bark is thin, smooth and brown. The tree is ornamental and bears attractive, broad,rounded, glossy, thick red veined leaves, the largest to a diameter of 8 inches. Early Christians in Mexico are said to have used the leaves for writing paper. When the leaves are fresh, scratches made with a sharp point show white on the green surface. Flowers of the sea grape are fragrant and grow in spikes about 6 inches long. Each has 5 sepals, 8 stamens and 3 styles. The pear shaped,reddish, sweetish-acid, astringent fruits hang in clusters, each fruit containing a large globose nut. In the West Indies an alcoholic drink is prepared from the fruits and jelly can be made of them. The roots also astringent, are used to cure dysentery. The wood is hard, polishes well and is valued, especially in Jamaica, for cabinet work. It also supplies fuel and, when boiled, yields a red dye. A gum from the bark is used for tanning and, medicinally for throat ailments. The tree grows from cuttings or seeds.

Final Sea grape note: In the latest edition of the COSTCO magazine (July 2015) -it lists the foreign COSTCOs and under Japan’s entry- the “Unique item not found in US: sea grapes”– such a coincidence

Cousin’s Family Beach Rental with a Pool for Families

Unbelievably wonderful. to make your heart sing-click>>. elitepacificrentals.com/muliwai This was part of our grand parents beach place and my cousin Susan Walker has kept it up beautifully. The most gorgeous and un-populated white sand beach. Lots of room! All the amenities one could wish for. Honest! We grew up around here and only have the fondest memories. If you’re interested, contact the link people. I use the photo below (click on it to enlarge) as my desk top to remind me of what makes my heart warmest. The view from Muliwai.


Grade B Smithfarms coffee

Smithfarms Kona Coffee - The Tastiest Caffiene Delivery System on the Planet!

Grade B is a lesser grade of our farm’s coffee and which is what we drink every daysmile.gold.

Why called Grade B?- It doesn’t meet our high standards of perfection only for beauty.

But it does meet our expectations for great taste at a lesser cost.

Why do we offer it?

checkmarkIt probably far better tasting than 99.9% of the coffee in the world, coming in second only to our Smithfarms Estate and Peaberry

checkmarkA few years ago, a “Q” cupper (which means his palate was trained for coffee flavors) did an experiment. Roasted and tasted the following: Ex. Fancy, Fancy, No. 1- (all of the foregoing we use as our Smithfarms “Estate”), Prime and Grade B. ——-The cupper tasted them all and picked– guess which? as the best flavor? Grade B. The “Q” cupper chose the Grade B and we now offer it to you.

checkmarkThe price per pound is $21 and $100 for a 5 pound bag. it comes only roasted and ground. We offer no guarantees and we think it is GOOD!

Total Satisfaction is our AIM!

When we guarantee satisfaction, we guarantee it when you receive it and we can not still be responsible for it 3 months later.

01/24/2015: In response to a customer who wrote yesterday. His roasted bag was sent October 22, 2014. He wrote yesterday (01/24/2015) saying the coffee tasted “really acidic”. Hmm… too many unknowns to replenish that 5 pound bag at our expense after 3(!) months. How did it taste for the first month(s)? okay-nuff said.