100% Kona Coffee - Llanes Estate
|Farm location:||Keauhou, Kona, HI|
|Variety:||Typica, Yellow Caturra|
|Processing:||Dried in parchment|
|Cupping notes:||black currant, semisweet chocolate, citrus
The Llanes Estate is nestled in Keauhou Mauka on the slopes of Hualālai Volcano. The 12 acre farm borders the Kahalu forest of old growth ʻōhiʻa lehua and most afternoons, the various coffee and fruit trees rest in cloud cover and cool rain. Justin Llanes, who is born and raised on the historically relevant Old Poi Factory Road, manages his family’s century old coffee farm. Justin is so focused on sharing his family’s legacy that he maintains the tools and machinery first used by his ancestors, including an updated John Gordon iron drum coffee roaster, the original water-powered cherry pulper, and a hoshidana: A Japanese style dry deck with a retractable roof above the home. All the methods and lessons learned by multiple generations have been passed along and preserved, making the Llanes Estate a living history museum as much as it is a coffee farm.
Today, Justin carries the family legacy with pride and progress while honoring the family’s heritage and dedication to living off the 'āina, He seeks a sustainable life-style and grows or hunts most of his food. He recycles as much biological waste from the farm as possible, like the coffee leaves and pulp which can be used to make tea and fertilizer. Additionally, he runs a guided hunts program across the Islands. Justin is dedicated to experimenting and improving the quality of his coffee and grows multiple varieties including Typica and Yellow Caturra. This dedication to quality is what drew Justin to Daylight Mind when he came to us with a sample of his parchment-dried, mixed-variety coffee and asked for detailed cupping notes. After tasting this sample - and a very positive talk story at his home – we knew we had to share this Specialty Kona coffee with as many coffee enthusiasts as possible.