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Behind the Cup |April 15, 2020

Meet Bronson, Greenwell Farms Tour Guide

Greenwell Farms provides farm tours led by expert guides who share the rich history and craft behind producing Greenwell Farms 100% Kona Coffee. Meet Bronson, he will give you a taste of the farm in a brief interview below.  

Aloha, I’m Bronson, one of the tour guides here at Greenwell Farms and we specialize in 100% Kona Coffee.

What’s your favorite place on the farm?

So, my favorite spot on the farm is going to have to be right here down at the nursery.  At any given moment we have twenty to forty thousand coffee plants getting their first roots, kind of their first steps. Other than coffee you got things like black pepper, right here is some fresh pepper corn growing, vanilla, cacao, and of course all of those coffee plants I just mentioned.  So right here down at the nursery we have all of our vanillas freshly growing, getting ready. You see the flowers there, this vine is about 40 years old, still giving us flowers but each flower you have only about 8 hours in one year to pollinate them, and every flower you pollinate is only going to give you one vanilla bean.

What’s a question you are frequently asked?

A lot of people ask on my tour how long a coffee tree can be productive, how well is it going for, and I’d say from age 4 all the way to 100 it can give you fruit, but commercially we try to keep it down to 20-30 years, whereas some of your small time farmers don’t have that luxury and so they push the trees to 60 or a little bit more, not as productive but still producing.

What’s your favorite Greenwell Farms product?

So here at Greenwell Farms, the favorite product for me would have to be the Jeni K Full City. You get the coffee trees growing up in the higher mountains, at least above 2,000 feet elevation and you get more of that kind of nice, strong, sweet and fruity taste true to Kona.

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