Farm Tours and Tastings
Are you visiting Kona and want to learn about coffee farming? Come to a coffee tour and cupping at our farm!
Our tour is perfect for any coffee lover who does not want the typical tourist experience. It is a very personal tour (we have a maximum of 8 guests) with two parts. The first is an orchard tour with Doug (Sunshower owner and farmer) where you will learn about the entire coffee farming process including seasons, growth patterns, ripening, harvesting, pruning, orchard maintenance and pests. You will also taste coffee cherry (the fruit part) straight from the tree before it is processed and roasted.
After your tour you will head to our the lanai (patio) for a full cupping experience with Kate (Sunshower owner and coffee roaster). Coffee cupping is a type of coffee tasting done by professional coffee tasters (called Q graders) where strict brewing protocols are followed in order to best judge the taste and aroma of a coffee. At our coffee cupping you will taste coffee like a professional and compare five different coffees from our farm. These will vary by roast profile, grade of coffee and process type (natural vs. washed processed).
During the cupping you will learn about how Kona coffee differs from other coffee world-wide and where Hawaiian coffees fit in the US coffee industry. We will also discuss how to become an educated coffee buyer at home and best brewing methods for amateurs.
Tours usually last a little over an hour and we can accommodate up to 8 guests at once. Tours can be booked through our website, below, or by calling us. Although we prefer that guests pick a time listed below for their tour, if none of those work for your group, just get in touch with us and we will try to find a time that works for you.
Tours are $10/person but that fee is waived for guests who purchase $20 or more of coffee/person.