Ka’u was somewhat the inspiration for this website. I was at the Roastery and ran into Josh, a Master Coffee Roastery. I noticed these bags, which don’t have a marking on them:
I asked Master Coffee Roaster Josh, “Why are those coffee bags plain? Usually the burlap sacks have something written on them. ” He said, “that’s Ka’u."
Since it’s a domestic coffee, there are no governmental import packaging requirements. This coffee is sourced from a cooperative of 3 farms. The farms have an agreement not to highlight or feature one coffee farm over another – so no farm information or graphics are on the bags. The Ka’u bags are plain. Now you know. I find that kind of trivia interesting!
However, there are burlap sacks from different Ka’u cooperatives which identify the coffee. I talked with Josh the Master Coffee Roaster about this and he says that even when you see Ka’u on the burlap sacks, you don’t see the name of the farm or estate written anywhere. Again the cooperatives are very cooperative!