Many of our Kona Typicia trees are 90 or more years old; like
grapes, older coffee plants produce a bean of exceptional
taste. To the true lover of specialty coffee this unique rich
flavor is unsurpassed.
Proper pruning not only plays an important role in plant
health but in product quality as well. We on Lehuula Farms
use a unique pruning system where we clear-cut every third
row thus allowing the plant maximum sunlight so it can produce
vigorous growth and large high quality beans. This system,
developed by the Agricultural Extension Service in the 1950's,
is slowly becoming popular as farmers see as well as taste
With little or no exception, Kona Coffees are processed using
the wet method of processing as it yields coffee of better
quality. This process however can be very labor intensive
and use large amounts of water. Here on Lehuula Farms, we
use the most advanced and ecological friendly method of processing
coffee available. Our pulping system not only uses a fraction
of the water needed by conventional machines to remove the
mucilage; but, the thick leathery pulp that covers the bean
is returned to the soil.
Other fun farm facts:
A federal weather station is located here. Rainfall information
for our farm can be found at: http://www.wcc.nrcs.usda.gov/nwcc/site?sitenum=2096&state=hi
We host workshops for both of the Kona coffee trade associations.
So far this year we've hosted:
Pruning and Shoot Selection for members of the Kona
Coffee Farmers Association
Coffee Drying Demonstration for students of Harvey
Small Farm Mechanization workshop for members of the
Kona Coffee Council
We offer complete farm management services for other small
farmers, along with pulping, drying, custom roasting and packaging,
and shipping services.
We are one of the few farms approved by HOFA for processing
organic coffee due to our diligent cleaning methods and farm
We grow our own new coffee trees right from the beans on
our farm. Beans are planted in test tubes and placed in our
homemade mini greenhouse. The plants are then moved to larger
containers, until they grow big enough to earn their place
in the field.
Kona Coffee Council
Kona Coffee Farmers Assoc
Here is what others have to say about our coffee:
"I can honestly say that this is the best cup of coffee I
have had in years. I also think that the Lehuula Farms beans
make a mild, flavorful cup of coffee. Frankly, I just never
get tired of the taste and still look forward to my first
cup every single morning."
Henrriquez Dallas, Texas
"Visitors to the Nome Nugget newspaper can wake up and smell
the coffee---The aroma of Bob Nelson's (Lehuula Farms) Kona
brewing in the kitchen and served in a china mug. It's unique
and makes our office a special place."
Nancy McGuire, Owner/Editor the Nome Nugget
"I met Bob (Lehuula Farms) about three years ago. I have
not had any coffee other than 100% pure Kona coffee from Lehuula
farms in those three years. It is a rough situation, once
you have had the best you just can't go back to a store bought
brand. I built custom motorcycle and I compare this to the
best chopper ever made."
Eric Willis, Willis' Customs
Farms Named 2010 Gevalia Kona Classic Cupping Competition
Farms Named 2008 Gevalia Kona Classic Cupping Competition