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Depending on your familiarity with the local coffee scene, you may be surprised by the fact that Hawai'i is the only state in the U.S. where coffee is grown commercially.
There are hundreds of coffee farms across the Aloha State. Of course, the most famous — and expensive — coffee beans are grown in Kona on the Hawai’i Island, a region celebrated for its ideal combination of altitude and rich, volcanic soil.
But everyone on Maui knows that the Valley Isle produces a delicious cup of brew, too — several of which you can sample from producers across the island next month.
On Sunday, Aug. 4, the Maui Coffee Association's Annual Seed To Cup Coffee Festival will take place once again at the Maui Tropical Plantation. Spend the day sipping delicious brews while you learn about every step in the process that transformed the seed to the warm goodness in your cup.
Besides watching the festival’s popular “Barista Throwdown,” you'll be able to learn from baking and coffee processing demonstrations, tastings and coffee sensory evaluations. Chat up your favorite growers, roasters and other professionals in Maui’s coffee industry.
Watch some of the island’s best baristas face off in a latte art competition or head to the coffee brewing demonstrations. You can also munch on coffee-inspired food dishes from the island’s best loved chefs.
Not into coffee? The festival, which is being held for its 11th time this year, has fun planned for those who aren’t caffeine fans, too. There will live music from widely-celebrated Taiko drummers and Na Hoku winners.
Want to learn more about the festival? Visit the Maui Coffee Association's website. Formed in 2005, the Maui Coffee Association is a group of growers, service providers, merchants and others with an interest in promoting and enjoying coffee grown in Maui County.