Come explore our “blossom to bar and beyond adventure” at Kupa’a Organic Farm in Kula! This chocolate adventure will have you scamper through a small young orchard with baby cacao (ca – cow) to mature trees that will be blooming to fruiting with mother nature’s approval. You’ll learn about all the other exquisite plants and trees throughout the gardens and orchards. As all agricultural farms, we also haven’t figured out “nature on demand” yet!
Group size is limited to 12, but we can accommodate up to 14 guests upon request. Smaller groups keep the experience more intimate since there is a hands-on chocolate making demonstration as part of the adventure. Then we explore the many flavors of chocolates from around the world coming from different latitudes with different attitudes (thank you Jimmy Buffet!). The tasting will include at least 2 chocolates from Hawaii, and after your tour, you will fully understand how rare chocolates from Hawaii are, and especially from Maui…more chocolate from Maui is waiting on the horizon!
From the gardens and cacao orchard you’ll stroll up the drive to take in the most spectacular breathtaking bi-coastal views that Maui has to offer. Once you reach the top of the property, that’s where the cacao and chocolate magic really kicks in on the Maui Chocolate Blossom to Bar Tour. You will learn the entire process from harvesting, fermenting, drying and roasting. Then, the hands-on group participation party begins! Of course, this portion is for those who want play. You will experience the raw cacao fruit (nature permitting), roasted beans, ground beans to experience the texture change once the cocoa butter is released, and finally the chocolate drink mix before it is steeped.
Our guides explain artisan chocolate making and how it is remotely or not so related to industrial chocolate making. The ancient chocolate drink that we prepare was made for spiritual rituals and celebrations of the Mayans and Aztecs. Once chocolate was discovered and introduced to Europe by Cortez, it was only consumed by the elite. Today, we prepare it for you, our “ali’i”, Hawaiian for royalty. Okole Maluna (bottom’s up)!
WAIT….there is still more fun to come! Everybody is seated family style to taste 6 or 7 different chocolates from around the world, conducted much like a wine tasting without having to spit! You will sample 2-3 Hawaiian chocolates with the full explanation as to why Hawaiian chocolates are so scarce. Each chocolate is from a different latitude, except the Hawaiian chocolate, and sometimes the Hawaiian samples will come from farms that are only miles apart with wildly different flavors. You will experience the chocolate “talking to you”!
Our tour offers an enchanted walk through organic shade grown coffee orchards on the slopes of Haleakala. Our farm features 8 different varieties of coffee each with a distinct flavor. We grow coffee under a canopy of that includes native trees that help to create a forest like ecology similar to coffee in its native Ethiopia. The terroir of our coffees reflect the varietals we grow as well as the ecology and cultural practices that we use. The tour includes tasting and the full gamut of picking and processing techniques that has helped us maintain “specialty coffee” status for the last 11 years.
There are three main species of coffee: Arabica, Robusto and Liberica. Liberica is the least know with only about 2% of the world’s coffee consumption. Arabica is the species grown at the farm and each species has its own varietals. There are 9 varieties of Arabica grown at Kupa’a: red and yellow catuai, red, yellow and orange Bourbon (from the French Bourbon islands), typica, san ramon, mundo novo, and guadalupe. The last one which is planted in the mid section of the farm, maybe replaced by cacao since more space is needed to meet demand.