Our company's identity is rooted in joining the principles of scientific investigation with fearless exploration. Bring this spirit of investigation to your café by becoming a wholesale partner with Daylight Mind Coffee Company. We love to share the experience we have gained, and to act as a resource for other specialty and new wave coffee professionals at any stage of their journey.
Specialty coffee roasting for coffee shops, restaurants, and retailers
Our current customers include Hawaii and mainland coffee shops, restaurants, and food markets. We provide a seasonal list of single-origin or blended specialty roasted coffee options, or we can work with you to create your own unique blend to fit your taste and budget. We supply roasted specialty coffee in bulk, ready to be served in your café or restaurant. We also offer flexible and competitively priced retail coffee options including private labeling.
A passion for specialty coffee and a culture of aloha
We are a young and energetic company who, like you, owns and runs a busy café/restaurant. We know the pressures, passion, and practical realities of serving thousands of perfect cups of coffee to your guests. We cultivate a close, personal connection with our wholesale clients and we invite you to join our tight knit ‘ohana of cafes and restaurants.
Our close connection to the coffee producers of Kona, Ka‘ū and the other regions of Hawai‘i gives us unmatched access to the best local coffees, while our connections to coffee producers around the world allow us to offer a range of truly stunning global coffees. We then obsess about how to get the very best out of every coffee we buy, storing it in moisture-resistant GrainPro bags, roasting it on our cutting edge Loring Smart roaster and cupping every coffee we roast, ensuring every coffee we send out meets our high standards. You are invited to join us Thursday mornings at 11 am in our Waterfront Row - Kona location when we open our cupping table up to the public.
Coffee roasting services/contract roasting
Are you a coffee producer in Hawai‘i? If you have green coffee in need of roasting, we will roast it on an as-needed basis or via contract at our location on Ali‘i Drive in Kailua-Kona on the Big Island. We will work with you to discover your ideal roast profiles and produce them consistently each time. Once roasted, we can label and bag your coffee so it is ready for retail sale or shipping to neighbor islands, the mainland, or internationally.
Our roasting equipment
We roast on a 77 lb Loring Kestrel Smart Roaster. This energy efficient air-drum hybrid excels at producing exceptional roasts, consistently. The Loring enables us to save and use roast profiles, providing consistency and flavor continuity between coffee batches. Before roasting on the Loring, we will use our smaller sample roasters to explore the flavor potential of the coffee using small, sample sized quantities. Sample roasting is great for experimentation and faster development cycles of new blends or small harvests without using much green coffee.
Specialty coffee education and training
We are coffee geeks, there is no other way to explain how much we fixate on these beans. We also know that operating a successful specialty coffee business depends on much more than just sourcing great coffee, and we would love to share what we know about coffee with you and your staff.
Daylight Mind offers comprehensive educational programs in every aspect of the coffee industry including agricultural consultation, skill-building workshops and customer-service training for baristas, roasting science, and more.
Our instructors provide students access to a unique combination of primary research in the science of coffee, deep understanding of Hawaii's unique place within the global coffee industry, and extensive real-world experience in the practical elements of operating a successful specialty coffee business.
Basic equipment maintenance
Regular maintenance and proper cleaning of brewing, espresso, and roasting equipment is essential to the success of any coffee business. For our local customers (on the Big Island and in Honolulu), we can assist with basic espresso machine, grinder, and water filtration maintenance services. This includes things like group-head gasket replacement, re-building steam wand assemblies, changing water filters, grinder burrs, and any other routine maintenance. We're also happy to train your staff to perform these operations on their own.
Water quality and composition assessment and upkeep
Coffee is mostly water. We can help you make sure that your water supply adheres to SCA-defined quality specifications, and we offer consultation on filtration and water-quality equipment purchasing and installation.
Café set-up and advice
Between the members of our core team, we have collectively opened more than forty cafes and restaurants. We are always happy to advise and assist our partners in the amazing adventure of opening your own place.
A personal touch and flexibility
Every café is different and we will work with you to help you get the best specialty coffee to your customers. Our deep roots in the coffee community, both here in Hawai‘i and elsewhere in the world, allow us to help you find the best equipment, advice and coffee for your unique needs. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s explore!