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Coffee Tours & Tastings
Come visit us! Our tour is perfect for coffee lovers who don’t want the typical tourist experience.
The Orchard Tour and Sheep Meet and Greet
The first part of the visit is an orchard tour where you will learn about the entire coffee farming process including seasonality, 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. While in the orchard, you will have the opportunity to meet and feed the weed control (our herd of sheep).
Specialty Tasting: Coffee Cupping on the Lanai
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 at least five different coffees from our farm. These will vary by roast profile, grade of coffee, and process type (natural vs. washed processed). Many groups will also taste our barrel aged coffees depending on availability.
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.
Customize your roast and roast your own Kona Coffee
Planning to buy coffee and want to roast your own? Add on a custom roasting experience to your package! For $130, Kate will explain the fundamentals of coffee roasting and help your group design and roast their own two pounds of Fancy Grade Kona coffee. You will set up and roast your coffee yourself and have two pounds of just-roasted coffee to take home. *Note - if you want to share one roast with a group, sign up for your tour separately below rather than as a group.
Coffee aficiOnado workshop
In addition to our regular tour and tasting, we have added another coffee experience to our offerings for coffee lovers who want to take their knowledge of coffee to the next level. The Coffee Aficionado Workshop includes everything from our regular tour and tasting, with an extra two hours of specialty coffee instruction. An Authorized Specialty Coffee Association Trainer (“AST”) and certified Q grader from Pacific Coffee Research will teach participants how to tell the difference between specialty and non-specialty coffee. Participants will learn how to identify through tasting, coffee with defects, 10% Kona blends, coffee that has been stored improperly and coffee that has been preground. After that tasting, the AST will lead a 90-minute coffee brewing workshop specifically geared towards learning to brew great coffee at home. This workshop is perfect for coffee lovers who are beginners or intermediate in their coffee knowledge and want to take their coffee skills to the next level.
If you would like to book a Coffee Aficionado Workshop for a day that you do not see listed, and you have at least 4 people in your group, please get in touch with us!
Orchard tours and tastings are $25/taster. Reserve your spot below!
Looking to schedule for a large group or far in advance? shoot me an email at Kate@Sunshowercoffee.com.
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Tour and tasting FAQs
Why is your tour $25 when many other farms offer free tours?
The short explanation is that your $25 is paying for the cupping session, not the tour, and the cupping is really really awesome.
The long explanation is that our tour and tasting is $25 better than the free tours. The farms that offer free tours are, for the most part, large operations with gift shops and tasting rooms and bunches of employees. Their tastings are pre-brewed coffees that guests sip from little dixie cups. Those tours and tastings are fun too but totally different from ours. Our farm is a family owned and run operation, and every tour is given by us (Kate and/or Doug, the farm owners) and the tasting is at our house on the deck. The cupping is super in depth, takes over an hour and is quite a bit of coffee! For those reasons, we can't do many each week and we found that when our tastings were $10/person, we were selling out weeks in advance and had a waitlist, while at the same time also having guests who would make reservations and not show up (about 25% actually!). So due to popularity, space and time restraints, and the cost of the cupping experience, we now charge $25.
How long is the tour?
Tours and tastings vary in time depending on the group and the number of questions, but they're generally between an hour and a half and two hours.
Some members of my group do not drink coffee, do they have to pay the $25?
No, definitely not! When you are scheduling your group, sign up for the number of tasters only. Then in the notes section, let us know that there will be more people with you, just so we know who to expect.
Is your tour good for kids?
It is certainly fine to bring kids and many groups do. We have sheep for feeding and goats and dogs to pet which is enough to entertain most kids. But the tour and tasting is definitely designed for adults and may be boring for kids.
Why are your tours limited to eight guests?
We can accommodate groups of any size on the orchard tour, but only eight guests at once can participate in the tasting. The easy answer for why is that we only have enough tasting cups for 8 people to do a cupping at once. But also, we try to provide individualized attention during the cupping, as it is most guests first time doing it, and we have found that more than 8 people makes that difficult.
There isn’t a time that works for my group, can we schedule one?
Sometimes. Although we prefer that guests pick a time listed below for their visits, if none of those work for your group, we are able to schedule alternate times with notice. Just get in touch with us at least a week before your visit and we will try to find a time that works for your group.
My plans have changed, can I cancel my tour and get a refund?
Tastings will be refunded if cancelled 24 hours or earlier before your scheduled tour time. No-shows and late cancellations will not be refunded.
Can my group do a roasting class together? How do we book it?
The roasting class can be attended by any amount of people in your group. The $130 cost is the price to roast two pounds of coffee, regardless of the amount of people who will be participating. To book just one roasting, have one person in your group book their tasting separately with the roasting add on. Then the rest of the group should sign up together, without selecting a roasting add on.
I changed my mind about the “roast your own coffee” add-on. Can I get a refund?
Yep! You can get a refund for this add-on at any time, regardless of time of cancellation.