Best Wishes from, Mike, Derek and the Whole Crew!
Mahalo for Your Business and Support
Welcome to the New Online Store. Â After many months we are ready to open the doors toÂ friends, family and supporters of Waialua Estate.
You will find several varieties of roasted coffee, green bean coffee for home roasting and of course Waialua Estate Chocolate.
The store is for both retailÂ and wholesale customers, so you will see everything from our gift sets to bulk cases of coffee and chocolate.Â We even offer 50 Â lb bags of green bean for serious micro roasters.
For a limited time, as part of the store soft opening, and to celebrate the holidays we are offering a SPECIAL PROMOTION until December 31st 2012. Â Save 25% on the Chocolate Sampler Set,Â 500 gram bars of Dark and Milk Chocolate, and Coffee Gift Sets are also eligible for discount. These are great gifts for friends and family or you can treat yourself and share the goodies with someone special.Â It’s easy, justÂ type “Mahalo” inÂ the promotion code box at checkout and the discount will be applied. It’s our way of saying Thank You!
Downtown Coffee,Â a specialty coffee house focusing on locally grown Hawaiian coffees, is located in downtown Honolulu on the ground floor of the Pioneer Plaza building.
Proprietors Fred and Fumiko, offer excellent coffee and espresso drinks, as well as teas, freshly made pastries and deserts.
Coffee is roasted in small batches every Saturday morning to insure customers a fresh experience. Stop by on Saturday to see the roaster in action.
Follow your nose on the Fort Street Mall to:
900 Fort Street Mall, Suite 100
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 599-5353 Â Â www.dtcoffee.com
It’s Harvest Time. Â TheÂ days have begun to shorten and the weather offers cooler mornings and evenings, balanced by very warm daytime temperatures; perfect conditions for the coffee harvest.Â This isÂ an exciting and somewhat stressful period when timing is crucial, weather must cooperate and equipment must run smoothly. Of course, this is the best case scenario asÂ each harvest season sees its own challenges and thisÂ year is no exception. Equipment issues crop up, andÂ wet rainy weatherÂ causes unexpected delays and frustration for the crew as the cherry continues to ripen in the fields.Â We wait, make repairs, tend the cacao orchard, and prepare for the next dayâ€™s harvest.
Waialua Estate harvests mechanically using a modified Korvan blueberry-picking machine that has been adapted toÂ comb theÂ coffee trees of their cherries. When the fields are dry and the weather cooperates, we harvest 3 to 4 days a week, bringing in 40 - 50,000 lbs of cherry, setting them out to sun dry or in our mechanical dryer to help move the process along.Â Â Moisture levels must be between 10 - 12 % which means the closer we get to the rainy season, the more difficult harvest becomes, both in the fields and at the mill.
We focus on processing and separating unripe green and ripe red cherry and cherry that has dried on the tree called raisin coffee.Â Basically, the cherry is processed two ways: Washed process, where the ripe cherries are pulped and theÂ sugars removedÂ and Natural process, where the dried raisin coffee is separated and further dried.
A third specialÂ technique called HoneyÂ process is also done in limited batches when the cherry is bright and the weather is hot for rapid drying.Â Each of these processes producesÂ a distinctly different cup profile offeringÂ customers a uniqueÂ flavor experiences.
Once the coffee is separated and dried, theÂ beans are rested for 1 - 3 months andÂ then milled,Â sized, and sorted into grades: Extra Fancy, Fancy, and Estate Reserve which are the largest boutique beans, followed by Grade #1 and Prime which are high quality but generally smaller in size. Peaberry, a small football shapedÂ single bean, is a premiumÂ highly prized bean. Visit our online store and make your selection today.
Waialua Estate is excited to introduce our full line of world class Hawaiian Chocolates. Each bar is newly designed in, richly colored, wrappers and elegant gold trim evoking the premium quality and exclusive nature of these rare chocolates.
The Extra Dark 70% Cacao bar in the smooth brown wrapper with a dark green palm frond is our original flagship chocolate, noted for its bright fruit notes, rich deep cocoa flavors, and velvety textures.
Our brand new Semi Sweet 55% Cacao Nib Bar in the deep purple wrapper with its roasted nib flavors, satisfying crunchy texture and hint of fruitiness, is sure to become a new favorite.
For Milk Chocolate lovers, our 38% cacao bar in the subtle, smoky red wrapper is a gold medal winner noted for its warm caramel tones and delicious creamy texture sure to satisfy and delight.Â You will come back more.
These bars are packed 12 per caddy, with 2 caddies per case.Â We also offer a 3 bar gift set. All are available in the online store now.
We hope you enjoy these new bars and look forward to providing you with our full line of Waialua Estate Chocolates.
Hau’oli Makahiki Hou!
(Merry Christmas and Happy New Year)
Waialua Estate Coffee and Chocolate
Mahalo for your Business and Support this year and in the years to come!
The 2nd annual Cacao Festival at Haleiwa Farmers’ Market was celebrated Sunday January 3oth!
Mahalo to Pamela Boyar and Annie Suite for organizing another wonderful event.
Read the story and see Annie’s photos in Haleiwa Farmers Market Newsletter
Come visit the market on any Sunday for a delightful, healthy way to spend your day.
A Wild and Delicious Success!
The Hawaii Chocolate Festival is coming to Honolulu February 26th.Â Waialua Estate Chocolate and many other cacao growers and chocolate makers will be there to promote this emerging specialty industry in Hawaii.Â For more information visit the website: Â Â http://hawaiichocolatefestival.com/index.htm
February is Chocolate Month in Hawaii, according to the Hawaii State Legislature, in an effort to promote understanding and awareness of the cacao and chocolate industry in the state.
Waialua Estate is participating in several events this month including the Hawaii Cacao Festival at the Haleiwa Farmers Market January 3oth and the Hawaii Chocolate Festival in Honolulu on February 26th.
We are also conducting limited tours of our orchard and mill areas on the the first, second and third Saturdays in February.Â The tours will be limited to 25 people and will include a small box of our dark chocolate and a tasting bar.Â The fee is $10 per person.
To sign up please go to the following link:
October 27, 2010 Kaanapali Maui, Celebrating the one year anniversary of the Pulehu Italian grill restaurant, the Westin Ocean Villas Resort hosted a Chocolate and Truffle Extravaganza for hotel guests and local residents in the Maui food scene.
Executive Chef Francois Milliet prepared a menu of 7 special dishes using Hawaiian chocolate and French Truffles to create exquisite dishes both savory and sweet.Â The grounds were set up with 5 tents around the beautiful Koi pond and each menu item was accompanied with a wine paring.
Waialua Estate Chocolate was featured as an ingredient in several savory dishes and in several deserts and chocolate dipped fruits. Starwood Resorts, Sheraton and Westin hotels are demonstrating their commitment to buy and serve locally grown produce
on their restaurant menus featuring local fish, beef, vegetables and our very own Waialua Chocolate.
We are delighted to part of this program and were made aware of the important place this program has in Starwood Resort’s commitment to the local community and to providing their guests with a genuine Hawaiian experience with a taste of the islands.
Additionally, proceeds from this event were donated to the Maui Farm Bureau to support programs promoting awareness of local agriculture.Â We are also grateful to the Westin for providing us with comfortable accommodations during our stay and look forward to more events in the near future.