Spring 2009 Taste of Waialua

Old Waialua Sugar Mill – photo courtesy of Jackon’s Interweb Blog

Press release:

Support Local Agriculture and Help Keep the Country Country!
Experience the Spring 2009 Taste of Waialua

Island X Hawaii and Coffea Consulting will host a springtime gourmet tasting event at the Old Sugar Mill in Waialua on April 11, 2009.

Shawn Steiman, author of The Hawai‘i Coffee Book: A Gourmet’s Guide from Kona to Kaua‘i and owner of Coffea Consulting, will lead a tasting and discussion of Waialua coffee and other Hawaiian island coffees, followed by a book signing. Together with Steiman, Bill Martin of Island X Hawaii has arranged for a product showcasing and gourmet sampling of items produced in and around the Old Waialua Sugar Mill.

The coffee tasting begins at 9:30AM followed by the food tasting. Tickets to the event are $25. Seating is limited to 30, so reservations are a must. Tickets are available through Island X Hawaii, (808) 637-2624 or islandxhawaii.com.

The event will highlight products from:

• North Shore Farms LLC
• North Shore Naturals organic snacks
• Oils of Aloha
• Pa’ala Kai Bakery
• Something Special Taro Cookies, Cake & Bread
• Sugar Mill Cookies
• Twin Bridges Farms
• Pelekunu’s Teri Sauces
• Waialua Bakery
• Waialua Farmers’ Market, fresh fruit & veggies
• Old Sugar Mill Brand coffee & chocolate:
– Coffees from 5 Hawaiian islands
– Waialua chocolate
– Waialua chocolate covered Waialua coffee beans
– Waialua chocolate covered macadamia nuts
– Shave Ice made from Waialua-grown mango,
coffee and pineapple
• Waialua Community Kitchen
• Waialua Soda Works sodas
• Lui Bueno’s Baja-Style Catering

Island X Hawaii Store is located in the historic Waialua Sugar Mill and offers Waialua coffee, Waialua chocolate, and other “Made in Waialua” food products. They also provide free mini tours of the Waialua coffee and cacao mill.

Shawn Steiman is a coffee scientist whose business, Coffea Consulting, provides consulting services to coffee farmers, roasters, retailers
and individuals seeking coffee-related information. Steiman’s book, The Hawai‘i Coffee Book, highlights all aspects of the Hawai‘i coffee industry while offering a comprehensive guide to coffee. It is available at Island X Hawaii, local bookstores or at online retailers.

• Bill Martin, (808) 637-2624 or islandxhawaii <at> msn.com
• Shawn Steiman, (808) 223-0982 or coffeaconsulting <at> gmail.com

Download the official poster/flyer here:

Spring 2009 Taste of Waialua poster

(1-page 1.6MB PDF document)

Click here for directions
to the Old Sugar Mill in Waialua
(north shore, Oahu)

***End press release***


Entering historic Waialua town on the north shore of Oahu – photo courtesy of Jackon’s Interweb Blog

Following last year’s Taste of Waialua event announcement here on this blog, visitor “cynsaligia” posted a comprehensive and thorough review (via comment) of the event after having attended it. Here’s what she had to say:

“Aloha, pomai– stumbled upon this two-month old post of yours via google. i’m in the middle of posting on HT re the soap factory on the north shore and how we discovered it while going to the tasting you posted about above. i can answer from personal experience the questions from your readers re the coffee and chocolate because eric and i went to the tasting and spent several hours there.

first, the coffee: the shop carries coffees from maui, kona, and of course, waialua. the waialua coffees came in medium and dark roast and are packaged, whole bean, very quaintly in those plastic milk pints. if you pick up coffee there and you do not have a burr grinder at home (don’t use the other kind–it will burn the coffee and alter its taste), waialua coffee will happily grind it for you. i think the little pints are about $8, if i remember correctly. taste-wise, i really enjoy the dark roast, which i find nicely smokey and chocolately, but those who like something lighter will enjoy the medium roast.

the chocolate is available at tamura’s and foodland, and comes in variations of milk and dark along with flavors. in other words, they have a plain milk, a plain dark, and milks and darks with flavors. unfortunately, the only one that comes to mind is the kona cappucino dark flavor.

if there is ever again another tasting, i certainly suggest you go if you haven’t. for about $35 for both eric and me, we not only got the coffee tasting, but free samples of (take deep breath here): waialua soda (all varieties), waialua coffee, green papaya salad, spicy wings, green salad with hawaii’s special brand dressing, waialua chocolates, waialua shave ice (mango flavored or waialua coffee flavored), spirulina popcorn in regular spirulina flavor and in red hot lava with ginseng flavor, plus waialua sugar sticks. we each got to take home goody bags with some of the stuff i named above.

by the way, waialua’s sodas, are better than jones. the creme and root beer flavors are more nuanced, and i really enjoyed their newest flavor, which is lilikoi.

another nice thing about the tasting is that we were able to speak with the owners of waialua coffee company and waialua soda. they’re wonderful, salt of the earth folk who have a deep love for what they do and the community in which they live. it really makes you want to support them, especially in economic times like now. buy local!”


7 thoughts on “Spring 2009 Taste of Waialua

  1. Pomai, I love dark roast robust coffee. I even make my own with recipe coffee liqueur with Hawaii own coffee for Hawaiian style Tiramisu. Wonder if there any Hawaii own coffee liqueur?

  2. Nate, name the time and day and I’ll be there. Preferably on a day (Thursday or Friday?) BWS is serving Oxtail Soup!

    Erica, I’ll ask Bill about that query.

    Nate ’88, I never thought of it before, but now that you say it like that, the sound of “3000 Miles of Ocean” could make for a catchy song title! I’m thinkin’ something in the form of a progressive instrumental guitar track. Say by Joe Satriani. Or perhaps more surreal in blues form by David Gilmour.

  3. Pomai,
    Just wanted to mention that even if folks don’t sign up for the limited seating reservations, they should still come out to the Sugar Mill as the Waialua Farmer’s Market opens at 8:30 a.m. sharp and around 9:30 a.m. most of the suppliers of the Waialua made products featured in the “Taste of Waialua” will be on hand, giving out free samples and chatting with the general public. We’ll also have plenty free samples of Waialua Coffee. We’ll have live music, art, food vendor’s and tables set up from community organizations such as Defend Oahu Coalition, Friends of the Waialua Library, Friends of the Waialua Bandstand, and more.
    During the event the Waialua Library will also be having their Easter Program in the library followed by an Easter Egg Hunt in the Bandstand Park. 637-8286 to call library for more info.
    Also during the event the Waialua Sugar Mill Surf Industry will be hosting their first ever “Sugar Mill Surf Industry Open House”. We will be handing out maps of the Sugar Mill showing the different workshops and surfboard factories that folks can visit. For more info go to tasteofwaialua.com
    Bill Martin
    Island X Hawaii
    Old Sugar Mill Brand

  4. Bill, mahalo for clarifying that.

    Erica was asking whether anyone in Hawaii sells coffee liqueur. Any suggestions where to find that?

  5. Aloha,
    Concerning Coffee Liqueur, My brother-in-law gave me a bottle of Trader Vic’s Kona Coffee Liqueur. I don’t know where he got it but it was bottled by World Spirits, Ltd,Princeton, MN 55371 and there’s a website on the bottle…

    I’d love to try making Waialua Coffee Liqueur though.


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