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Hawaii's Prized Coffee Bean

Rising Sun coffee scores a hit with java drinkers on the Big Island.

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Unripe coffee berries glisten in the sun.

A new bean is generating buzz on Hawaii's Big Island. Last year, Will & Grace Farms' Rising Sun coffee from the Kau district scored high in an international tasting. Devotees say the low-acidity soil at the island's southernmost tip makes for a sweet, mellow brew. You can find the estate-grown coffee beans at Will and Grace Tabios's store in Naalehu (95-5657 Mamalahoa Hwy.; $25 a pound) or order directly at (808) 557-4441 or

Photography courtesy of TimBray/Wikipedia

This article was first published in July 2008. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.