The Hawaiian Islands are known worldwide for gourmet coffee from the Kona Coast,
but real aficionados know that in Hawaii, Kona coffee is only the beginning. The only
place in the United States growing coffee as a commercial crop, the Aloha State hosts
a thriving industry encompassing 11 major regions on five islands producing more than
seven million pounds of coffee last year valued at over $30 million. The Hawaii Coffee
Book: A Gourmet's Guide from Kona to Kauai is the first-ever comprehensive overview of
the Islands most recognizable and highly coveted product.
The Hawaii Coffee Book includes a region-by-region guide and flavor profiles of the
major varieties cultivated in the Islands, listings of farms offering tours, cafes that
roast on-site, and detailed information on where Hawaii-grown coffees can be purchased
in person or online. In addition, the book includes more than a dozen recipes for cooking
with coffee, complete with mouthwatering photography. Ranging from entrees of lamb and
ahi to desserts that go beyond brulees and brownies, many of the recipes are past winners
of the annual Kona Coffee Festival Cooking Contest.
In addition, this comprehensive coffee book dispenses tips on coffee appreciation and
provides a thorough education on coffee essentials. Common questions such as, Is it really
a good idea to refrigerate my coffee? and, How do I brew the perfect pot of coffee? are
answered in an easy-to-digest sidebar format. A resource for everyone, even coffee fanatics
who might think they know it all about their favorite beverage, The Hawaii Coffee Book
addresses all aspects of the coffee industry and culture, from ethical farming to roasting
techniques and coffee tasting to events and festivals.
About the Author
Coffee scientist and author Shawn Steiman is a graduate student at the University of Hawaii
Manoa specializing in coffee studies. He is currently completing his doctoral dissertation
on the effects of shade culture on coffee quality, physiology, and chemistry. Steiman
frequently lectures and conducts workshops with farmers and the general public on coffee
related topics. His recently launched business, Coffee Consulting, uses science-based
information to help farmers grow high-quality coffee, sustainably, and connoisseurs on all
aspects of coffee. Working with small farmers is a passion for Steiman, who has traveled to
Zambia to help smallholder coffee growers compete in the world coffee market.
We were pleased to host the author at Lehuula Farms during the 2008 Kona Coffee Cultural
Festival, and we have a limited number of autographed copies available.
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