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Maui winners in statewide Coffee Cupping Competition
August 17, 2011 - Carla Tracy
Like cream rising to the top, three upcountry farmers were named the Cupping Winners for the Maui District of the Hawaii Coffee Association’s 3rd Annual statewide Cupping Competition. The event was held last month at the Hilton Waikoloa Village on the Kohala Coast of the Big Island.
Casey Shim of Shim Coffee And Protea Farm took first place, followed by Ann Ashley of Keokea Farms, and Michelle Steuermann of Punawai Farms, who came in third.
“The elite Professional Cupping Panel was very impressed with overall quality of coffees throughout the state this year,” says David Gridley, expert on things “java” and owner of Maui Oma Coffee Roasting Co. “The Maui Coffees were right up with the state’s best!”
The purpose of the annual event is to promote and to better understand the cupping qualities of Hawaiian grown coffees; to compare and contrast coffees from different growing regions; and to learn the process of cupping and rating the cup qualities of coffee; and more.
Coffee lovers, take note: Maui will host the Conference and Cupping Competition next July at the Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu.
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First place winners Casey Shim of Shim Coffee (center) is flanked by Ann Ashley of Keokea Farms (left) and Michelle Steuermann of Punawai Farms.