First Shipments of Hawaii Sharwil Avocados to the US Mainland in 25 Years

Posted on 16. May, 2016 by in Kona Coffee

In March of 2016 the first two shipments of Hawaii Sharwil avocados in over 25 years were sent to the US mainland. One shipment (including Sharwil avocados from Rancho Aloha) went to St. Paul, Minnesota. The other went to New York City. As described in the Rancho Aloha Blog post of September 2013, the US […]

And the Rains Came

Posted on 08. Sep, 2015 by in Kona Coffee

August 2015 brought our wettest month ever to Rancho Aloha — 21.09 inches of rain. For Holualoa, which averages about 50 inches of rainfall in a year, it has been a late summer of interesting weather. We have been threatened with hurricane after hurricane: Delores, Guillermo, Ignacio, Jimena. All have veered to the north or […]

Lonely Planet reviews Rancho Aloha

Posted on 02. Dec, 2014 by in Farming, Kona Coffee

  We here at Rancho Aloha were excited for our inclusion in Lonely Planet’s most recent Hawaii guidebook. The short but sweet listing reads: This wonderfully named spot (the owner used to be a Peace Corps volunteer in Colombia) encompasses an organic farm that harvests excellent coffee straight out of the volcanic soil. We couldn’t agree […]

Trader Joe’s Features 100% Kona Coffee

Posted on 05. Jul, 2014 by in Kona Coffee

On the Big Island of Hawaii we do not have a Trader Joe’s. So we have a favor to ask from those of you on the Mainland who shop at Trader Joe’s: Please pass along to the people at the Trader Joe’s our mahalo and thanks from Rancho Aloha and other Kona coffee farms for […]

USDA to allow Sharwil exports to mainland

Posted on 13. Sep, 2013 by in Kona Coffee

From the West Hawaii Today: Avocado industry officials say the financial impact of exporting Big Island-grown Sharwil avocados to the mainland could rival coffee and macadamia nuts. The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday announced it would allow the export to 32 states and Washington, D.C., starting later this year. “We’ve had a closed market for […]

Mauna Kea Beach Resort

Posted on 13. Aug, 2013 by in Blog, Kona Coffee

For more than three years Rancho Aloha’s Prize-Winning Medium Roast Kona Coffee has been proudly offered at the Manta, the premier restaurant at the Mauna Kea Beach Resort. When you next come to the Big Island, we encourage you to pay a visit to the Mauna Kea — for the coffee, of course, but also […]

Coqui Frogs in Paradise

Posted on 16. Apr, 2013 by in Kona Coffee

The coqui frog is a newcomer that hitchhiked its way to Hawaii’s paradise. This tiny frog — about the size of a quarter — is native to Puerto Rico where the male frog’s mating song is considered ‘melodious’ and where the coqui is designated as a Puerto Rican mascot. No one is sure how the […]

Kona Coffee in Europe

Posted on 30. Aug, 2012 by in Kona Coffee

Kona coffee is one of the world’s premium specialty coffees — but Kona’s coffee growers are just beginning to build our crop’s reputation half a world away in Europe. Here is evidence of progress: Below is a photo of the Kona Coffee Farmers Association’s coffee label shirt, proudly worn and displayed at the Olympic ‘athletics’ […]

Coffee and Long Life

Posted on 13. Aug, 2012 by in Kona Coffee, News

Many of us have seen the recent news articles describing the study published in May of this year in the New England Journal of Medicine that links coffee consumption and longevity. Drawing from data on more than 400,000 people, the study found that coffee drinkers on average live longer than non-coffee drinkers. Further, the researchers […]

Coffee Berry Borer in Holualoa

Posted on 18. Jun, 2012 by in Farming, Kona Coffee, News

The coffee berry borer (CBB) is a tiny beetle (smaller than a pinhead) that bores into coffee berries as they ripen on the tree. Inside the fruit the female beetle lays eggs that hatch into larvae, which then feed on the coffee beans inside the coffee berries. CBB has been a damaging pest in almost […]