On Saturday, August 11, 2012, from 9:30am to 1:30pm the Kona Coffee Council will hold its Ninth Annual Cream of the Crop coffee and dessert tasting competition in the Hoku Amphitheater at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu. Admission is free.
To the sounds of a Hawaiian band playing island music in the beautiful Haku Amphitheatre, visitors will be able to sample some of the finest coffees and desserts available anywhere in the world.
Twenty-one select Kona coffee growers will each have booths in the amphitheater providing sample cups of their brewed coffee along with education about coffee growing and processing in the Kona region of the Big Island of Hawaii. Each coffee grower will have their own roasted coffee beans for sale. The competition is divided into three categories of coffee growing: Organic, Estate and Open – which allows all growers an opportunity to participate in the event.
To complement the delicious coffee, there will be chefs from local restaurants and resorts as well as amateurs offering desserts made with Kona Coffee as one of the ingredients. Visitors may sample all of the desserts.
Visitors to the event will be encouraged to vote for their favorite coffee in the three categories. Local chefs will be voting for their favorite coffees as well, so visitors can see how their votes compare to those of professionals. The desserts will be judged by a expert panel of chefs and the results of the voting will be announced before the end of the day.
Interspersed with the coffee and dessert booths will be a number of local artists demonstrating and selling coffee related arts. These artists will be showing their skills at bringing the coffee story into everyday life.
The event is being sponsored by the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu, Kamehameha Schools and the Kona Coffee Council.