Smithfarms: Established in 8/8/88 and on the Internet Since January 3 1999
18 years of our website hurrah!!
beginning of our new coffee crop
bee loving a coffee blossom and beginning a crop. coffee is self fertile but bees love the beautiful smelling flowers which are related to gardenias and jasmine- all the same family.then the green beans form
Farmer Bob picking:) the ripe cherry
Wondered about Processing? The washing and drying of fresh coffee? go here
and when Bob has just small amounts to pulp, he does it by hand here below- the pulping station he made
Steve and Sandy Wright, entomologists and extremely nice people are back!
They visit the farm weekly (sometimes twice a week, driving 2.5 hours-one way!) from March and count the teeny weeny CBB bugs-for hours and hours– to see how the B.bassiana fungus is working. I cannot begin to explain the intensity of the work they do and so cheerfully. Then they go back to Ithaca, NY and do even more with their data and samples. These are the most dedicated people ever and we are so lucky to have them care so deeply about our coffee.
If you are looking for Wonderful coffee with EXCEPTIONAL TASTE SMITHFARMS PURE KONA IS IT!
You do know ….
Our 100% Kona Coffee is more than great tasting! It is beautiful!
The 4 Stages of our Coffee
photos copy righted by K E Smith
fresh Cherry Coffee (below)
just off the tree Parchment (below)
cherry which has been washed and dried and still has its protective parchment-like covering on- we store it this way
Green Beans (below)
parchment skins have been removed at the mill, and now it is ready for roasting Roasted (below)
yummy delicious beans more about our SMITHFARMS…
100% PURE KONA COFFEE Sustainably Grown and Fairly Traded!
Sustainably grown* means we farm the land and meet our needs to grow yummy 100% Kona coffee without compromising the ability of future farmers to grow their 100% Kona coffee here on the same land. We are a Fairly Traded coffee although that “tag” (Fair Trade) is not given to coffee produced in the US. We pay every helper of our 100% Kona coffee a fair wage. We live in America,too.
one of the wild chickens that live amongst the coffee trees. what else could his name be other than “Red”. (Enlarge by clicking on the photo- as with all photos on my site)
So would you like to know more about our Kona coffee?
SMITHFARMS 100% Kona Coffee Pure Coffea arabica var. typica is yours via…Happy & Healthy & Vigorous trees and many of our trees are over 120 years old!
Ever wondered about the history of Kona Coffee? Click>> Here’s something I wrote up about 15 years ago. cherry coffee on the branch
s l o w e r g r o w i n g and bigger beans and therefore… better tasting coffee
daily weather: cloudsraincloudsrainclouds Natural shade cloudsraincloudsrainclouds With the natural shade given by our clouds, we tend to have a larger amount of bigger beans. Tastier too, say the experts.
What is green coffee? GREEN Coffee is coffee that has been picked, wet processed & sun-dried & milled & its very next step is for YOU the roaster, to roast. It is unroasted coffee. We sell our 100% Kona green in amounts from 1 pound on up. The maximum we can sell by Hawaii Law in one order, is 10 pounds of green beans
We of course, offer our wonderful roasted coffee. You can also get it ground.
Your whole freshly roasted beans will be ground in our Bunn 3 burr grinder. $1 per pound. (Just check it off on your order form.) The Bunn is an exceptional grinder giving uniformity to the grinds and you may just want to throw away your whirly-blade and have us do your grinding!
Total Satisfaction is our AIM! (please see here)
We think we only have the best and that’s what we want YOU to have.our washed and dried coffee crop stored in parchment form in our very special climate controlled storage room.
we built a special climate controlled storage room for our precious coffee, under our living room. these fat parchment bags’ next trip is to be milled into green coffee.
Roasted and Green Smithfarms 100% PURE Kona Coffee
All PRICES & Shipping and Handling info is here
We feel that all the grades of our coffee are equally delicious, because we treat each bean with the same care!
“ESTATE GRADE “ is our own SMITHFARMS definition for our “Extra Fancy”, “Fancy” and “Number one” grade beans as they naturally occur in our Smithfarms coffee crop and combined. This is what we call “Estate Grade”**
Green/Unroasted “ESTATE GRADE” is the same description of our coffee as above BUT not roasted. There is a 10 pound limit on green bean purchases.
We take out the Peaberry to sell it separately as roasted and remove the grades below “Number one”.
FYI regarding lack of our green Peaberry. We do not sell our green Peaberry because it does not meet our high quality standard of beauty for our green beans. The nasty Coffee Berry Borer (CBB) beetle tends more often, to go after the end of the coffee branch and that is where Peaberry is usually found. So to get high quality green Peaberry would take too much effort for us to sort through to meet our smithfarms standard for quality green. We are the only 2 workers here and we’ve made that decision. Hope you understand.
** Not bragging but.., we at Smithfarms invented the word Estate Grade Coffee- a really long time ago- maybe 20 or 25 years. Lots of people use it now. This was suggested to us by a roaster friend years ago (thank you Barry Jarrett), because the size difference between the largest and the smallest coffee bean in our Estate Grade Run is all of 3/64ths of an inch! Barry felt it would give our coffee a slight multidimensional flavor and we’ve never looked back. He was right. YUM! (and …we don’t have the added cost of separating out the grades which saves you money, too!)
Grade B Smithfarms 100% Kona
very tasty stuff at a good price! $21/lb + s&h or $100/5 lbs+s&h
better than any coffee you’ve had…except for our Estate –of course!
Only available Roasted and Ground and limited quantity
More info on Grade B here
All our precious 100% Kona coffee grows at its perfect pace, with sunny mornings and afternoon cloud cover during the wet summer growing months, and our dry cool winter harvest season.We get no municipal water at our house/farm, so this is one of our two collecting water tanks. The water is then gravity fed into our house. During the last 3 months of an El Nino year we get quite low on water. Thank goodness we are now in a La Nina year! plenty rain-well I should not be so quick to say that. Tanks are getting low here in March.
How are we knocking back the Coffee Berry Borer (CBB)?
Dan uses a back pack mister that weighs over 40 pounds and he goes to everyone of our trees-EVERY MONTH. Spraying the top and undersides with a fungus- which is closely related to a naturally occurring fungus. A drought about 6 years ago allowed the natural fungus to almost die out and the CBB to get a hold within our coffee land and we’re pushing back- successfully. YAY!!!
These are the Seals you will find on your Smithfarms roasted coffee bags, in addition to our label. We pay 5 Cents for each and the money goes to support the Kona Coffee Farmer Organization (KCFA). It is a group dedicated to just the Kona Coffee farmer. That is what we are —-Kona Coffee Farmers! Farmers are not processors. We grow the stuff, processors do process it but …they also buy large quantities of fresh cherry from the majority of coffee farmers who sell at the cherry level, and then …those processors sell that coffee to blenders! The processors want to buy coffee at the lowest possible price and the farmers want to earn their living. CONFLICT! ??Kona Blend: The processor/blenders take their coffee bags, put in 90% unknown & never identified (Truth in Labeling?) coffee beans and only 10% Kona Coffee beans and sell that bag for an enormous profit on their 10% Kona. Beware of Kona Blend! The Kona Coffee Farmers Association is a totally volunteer, non-profit, community-based organization of coffee farmers with the mission to promote and protect the economic interests of Kona coffee farmers who grow and sell 100% Kona coffee and to seek greater legal protection of the Kona coffee name.
The latest KCFA monthly Newsletter- “The Independent Voice” may be found here:
Smithfarms “Estate Grade Run” Coffee
OUR ROASTED COFFEE is: WHAT? whole bean, freshly roasted, lusciously dark but not burnt
Did I mention that Bob the farmer of our beans, has a BS degree in Tropical Agriculture, too? About the only college educated Kona Coffee farmer that I know of in Kona!
Grinding your whole beans, in our professional grinder aka “Ruby”, is $1/pound.
Ruby is our BunnG3 grinder and she is sitting on her table, under a wall hanging made by our best buddy, and next to one of our pound bags:)
HOW LONG in Transit?
You can decide the method—(click to view>) SHIPPING!
PACKAGING? 1 pound bags: matte brown, foil lined, 1 way valve & then heat sealed w/ gold clip
5 pound bags: shiny silver, foil lined, 1 way valve & then heat sealed w/gold clip
If you want an International Shipment, we can do it!
Fill out the order form as well as you can and for added clarity, in the <Comments> rewrite the address-just to be sure. email me: email@example.com if you have questions
For International orders: We can urge 2 pound packages of our roasted Smithfarms (or 3 pounds of our green) into ONE Global Priority Mail envelope— anywhere in the world– Warning: We have found that International packages may take longer than the 6-10 “business” 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.
We do mail our green and roasted 100% Kona Coffee all over the world. Wonderful exotic places like Hong Kong, Netherlands, Poland, Canada, England, Taiwan, Japan, Tenerife, Denmark, and more recently Kyrgystan and Turkey!
we are coffee farmers not orchid growers but we are really lucky to have some orchids who love living here too. These grow in a tree fern stump.
You may be interested to know that Bob and I believe in the concept of karma. We do try to do the right and proper thing. We want to know when you are not pleased, too. It will make us better!
Recurring Orders, aka smithfarms appreciators:)-
You will have a chance — once you get to the order page —to decide if you want your orders to come to you automatically. Here’s the scoop… Make it easy on yourself! No hassle. Join this growing group of “Coffee happy addicts” that has our freshly roasted 100% Kona coffee sent to them… AUTOMATICALLY!
all orders go out as close to their due date as possible and YOU CAN CHANGE THE TIMING or amount OF YOUR ORDER AT ANY TIME It is no problem, just email me
YOUR BOX WILL ARRIVE AUTOMATICALLY!
We roast the day before and send your box out the next morning.
Did you know? One pound of whole beans will make approximately 32 cups of the world’s best coffee! How many cups of tasty, natural, sparkly & creamy 100% Pure Kona coffee do you want to drink in a week? hmmmm…
let me see, how many ways can I spoil myself and my sweetie, hmmmmm…
Our beautiful blue Pacific Ocean. The view driving from Naalehu towards Hilo- with the ever going ACTIVE (click here to see a live camera) volcano
FYI-Naalehu is considered the southernmost “town” in the United States.
And this photo is beyond the same spot in he photo above, going from Naalehu to Volcano via that winding road to the left. This old wharf in he distance had ships come alongside and haul away the produced sugar to Honolulu. Long ago.