8 Coffee Resolutions for the New Year
The last days of 2022 are numbered, which means many of us are creating goals and resolutions for the New Year. So, instead of hard-to-stick-to diets or plans to finally clean out the garage, we hope your next year is full of even more delicious coffee than the last. Here are a few coffee-related resolutions we hope you'll join us in making!
Try a new brewing method
There are almost as many ways to make coffee as there are coffee cherries on a tree. If it has been a while since you tried a new brewing method, give your single-serve or automatic coffee maker a break in 2023 and try something new. From French Press to cold brewing, Moka Pot to pour over, how you brew your coffee can affect the caffeine content and flavors you taste. Your favorite beans brewed in a new way might reveal a completely new drinking experience.
Slow down and enjoy your coffee on island time
If your morning routine usually consists of a sprint out the door and cold coffee consumed in transit, slow down, sit down, and enjoy your coffee occasionally. Sipping Kauai Coffee is a little taste of paradise, so it's only natural to enjoy it at the speed of island life now and then.
Be a more conscious coffee consumer
Coffee is one of the most popular beverages consumed worldwide, with more than 400 billion cups downed in the United States every day! Yet, as coffee consumption increases, farmable land suitable for growing coffee is expected to decrease by as much as 50% by the year 2050. So, what does this mean for coffee lovers everywhere? It means there has never been a better time to become a more conscious coffee connoisseur. In the new year, learn more about sustainably farmed coffee, know your certifications, know your supply chain, and buy local when you can.
Learn more about coffee varietals and growing regions
There are more than 100 known species of coffee worldwide, but Arabica and Robusta are the two most prominently used to make the caffeinated concoction we all love. Kauai Coffee is the largest coffee estate in the United States, with 4 million trees planted on nearly 3,100 acres of volcanic soil. We grow Arabica coffee and cultivate seven varieties: Acaia, Red and Yellow Catuai, Kauai Blue Mountain, Mundo Novo, Typica, Yellow Bourbon, and Icatu.
Did you notice that Kona is not on that list? That's because Kona is not a variety of coffee, but a growing region located on the west coast of Hawaii Island. Therefore, only coffee grown in the Kona region can be designated as Kona Coffee. However, if you enjoy drinking Kona coffee, you will love tasting and exploring the delicious, single-origin coffee we grow at the Kauai Coffee Estate. Much of the coffee grown in Kona is the Typica variety, and our Typica Medium and Dark roasts are exceptional.
Reduce coffee waste
From single-use cups and sleeves to plastic single-serve containers and coffee grounds, global coffee consumption generates a lot of garbage – approximately 23 million tons per year. We can help reduce coffee waste by buying and using reusable containers and single-serve pods made with less plastic. You can also turn your coffee grounds into compost and healthy soil nutrient for your garden. For example, at Kauai Coffee, we turn coffee cherry remnants into nearly 4 million pounds of compost annually!
Drink decaf that doesn't skimp on quality or flavor
For many coffee drinkers, we know the phrase "death before decaf!" rings true. But, if you're taking a break from caffeine or prefer an evening cuppa that won't keep you up, you deserve a decaf coffee that doesn't skimp on quality or flavor. All decaf Kauai Coffee is made with the Swiss Water® Process and without added chemical solvents. Our Swiss Water decaffeinated coffee is guaranteed to be at least 99.7% caffeine-free. It is available as whole bean Estate Reserve, ground 100% Kauai Coffee and flavored grounds, including Vanilla Macadamia Nut and Coconut Caramel Crunch. We also use the Swiss Water process on our selection of Half-Caffeinated coffees.
Cook with Coffee
Coffee is a unique ingredient you can use in both sweet and savory dishes. So, in 2023, try adding more coffee to your home-cooking routine. From seasoning to salad dressing, desserts to drinks, let there be no boundary to your coffee creativity in the new year.
Learn more about the coffee growing, roasting, and making process
Do you know all the steps involved in getting your coffee bean from seed to cup? If not, take time in the new year to learn more about how coffee is grown, harvested, and roasted. Then, take a Farm Tour at Kauai Coffee or stop by the Visitor Center for a behind-the-scenes look at how it all happens.
Picture: Members of the Kauai Coffee harvest team pose together on the first day of the 2022 harvest season.
We wish you and your 'ohana a Happy New Year (Hau’oli Makahiki Hou!) and look forward to sharing a taste of paradise with you in 2023!
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