Kauai Coffee Company

As the largest coffee grower in Hawaii, Kauai Coffee Company is dedicated to growing coffee with the genuine love that lies within the spirit of aloha. For this reason, Kauai Coffee Company employs a wide array of advanced sustainability practices with the goal of continuous improvement. With 3,100 acres of land serviced through 2,400 miles of drip irrigation, drone usage that allows for active mapping and crop monitoring, and trial plots dedicated to varietal research, Kauai Coffee Company is committed to employing sustainable practices in order to care for our two most important resources…our land and our people.

Statement of support

"Kauai Coffee Company fully supports the Sustainable Coffee Challenge and has taken the guiding principles to heart. We are not only putting these principles into place on our estate, but we welcome the opportunity to contribute to the world of coffee by sharing our lessons and technology." - General Manager, Fred Cowell

Producer / Co-op
Action Networks
Partner Since February 2019

Our Commitments

Kauai Coffee Company believes that strong soil is of utmost importance to sustainability; healthy soil provides coffee with a strong foundation for growth and is expected to allow for decreased synthetic fertilizer and water usage. With 8 – 10% of Kauai Coffee Company’s 3,100 acres already dependent on a combination of thermophilic compost and cover crop for soil remediation, Kauai Coffee Company vows to increase the orchard land area treated with thermophilic compost and cover crop to 30% by December 2023 (target date updated; originally June of 2022).

In partnership with: Massimo Zanetti Beverage


June 2022

When educating those new to the industry about the coffee crop, we reinforce their understanding of how coffee is an agricultural product and is subject to similar climate, fungus, and insect-related challenges as many of your traditional grocery store produce items. In July 2021, the presence of coffee leaf rust was discovered on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, home to our 3,100-acre Kauai Coffee Estate. Faced with this new challenge, our team immediately adapted their farm management approach to protect the crop in the face of coffee leaf rust. Given this need to adapt, the metrics originally designed to track our progress towards achieving the 30% target for thermophilic compost and cover crop usage are no longer suitable. Despite the setback, we remain dedicated to our original commitment. With a new target completion date of December 2023, we look forward to continuing to report on the status of our commitment as we further develop our on-farm practices and improve our designated metrics.

Status 35% complete
Target date 2023
Countries targeted North America