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
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.