101 Things to Do (Kauaʻi) - - BEYOND THE CITY -

The state’s largest cof­fee plan­ta­tion is lo­cated on Kaua‘i’s south­west side, about 17 miles from Lihu‘e Air­port. A 3,100-acre es­tate, KAUAI COF­FEE COM­PANY PLAN­TA­TION boasts tours, lines of cof­fee trees (4 mil­lion trees to­tal!) and even a vis­i­tor cen­ter for the cu­ri­ous cof­fee drinker. KAUAI COF­FEE VIS­I­TOR CEN­TER of­fers in­for­ma­tion about cof­fee grow­ing and its his­tory. While there, you also can ex­plore through the “WALL-LESS COF­FEE MAZE” that dou­bles as a walking tour, with sig­nage pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion about the cof­fee-grow­ing process.

A COF­FEE BAR also of­fers freshly roasted cof­fee and snacks, and you can sam­ple a va­ri­ety of the cof­fees made by Kauai Cof­fee.

As a fun fact, Kauai Cof­fee trees be­gin to bloom in February or March. By May, the fruit, or cof­fee cherry, starts to form. The fruit usu­ally ripens by late Septem­ber, when har­vest­ing be­gins. The seeds of the fruit, usu­ally two to a cherry, be­come the cof­fee bean. Nearly 4,000 cof­fee beans must be har­vested to pro­duce a sin­gle pound of cof­fee. The rich vol­canic soil and plen­ti­ful moun­tain rain give Kauai Cof­fee’s java its de­light­ful fla­vor. The cen­ter is just past KALA­HEO go­ing west to­ward WAIMEA CANYON. Watch for the sign on the (ocean) side of High­way makai 50. Visit kauaicof­fee.com for hours and in­for­ma­tion.


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