Archive for the ‘Hawaii’ Category

Trader Joe’s Green Tea infused Mints

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

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You can get your green tea fix in a 33 ounce tumbler covered with a Kup Kollar Grande called Lavender Hawaii. The cup wrap is designed with fabric I bought in Hawaii on a trip to learn about tea farms.

Or you can get your tea fix with a colorful tin full of Trader Joe’s Green Tea infused Mints. These mints aren’t flavored but infused with matcha green tea grown on single-estate tea farms in Japan.  Green tea extract, pure peppermint oil, cane sugar, and honey are added to the finely milled green tea powder to make these lovely mints.

I love the subtle taste which isn’t overly sweet. The mints don’t leave an aftertaste in your mouth.  I keep my tin next to my computer for a splash of minty antitoxins the first time I sit at my keyboard!


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Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

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Coffee Ornaments, Coffee Talk-The Game, and Crazy Shirts

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

It ‘tis the season for catalogs to arrive in your mail box. Whether you shop from a catalog or the company’s web store, brew your favorite hot tea or coffee before you start browsing. I found the following unique items for coffee lovers in three of many catalogs I’m receiving daily!

Sur La Table is offering an exclusive line of food and beverage ornaments handmade by artisans in Poland. Each ornament is made in glass. You’ll find an espresso machine, French press, and a coffee beans bag.

One of my favorite catalogs to browse is Crazy Shirts – “It’s not just fashion – it’s a cool way of life.” The company was founded in our coffee producing state of Hawaii in 1964 amid beach party movies and a rising interest in surfing.

The beautiful designs are purchased from freelance artists for $1000. The clothing’s color comes from specially mixed dyes using Kona coffee, beer, volcanic ash, hibiscus flowers, key limes, or one of several other unique sources.

There’s a new game in town called “Coffee Talk – The Game” from Pressman, making games for 85 years. The game is for 2-4 players and is stored in a resealable coffee package. It promises a whole latte of fun!


Macadamia nuts from Smithfarms in HI for cheesecake recipe

Friday, January 14th, 2011

A Rainbow Kup Kollar soaks up condensation on the cold glass.

Macadamia Nut Cheesecake 


Cream in small bowl with electric mixer until light and fluffy:

  • ½ cup butter
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup flour

Press onto bottom of 9″ springform pan; prick bottom with fork.

Bake at 325 degrees for 25 minutes or until edges are light brown. 


Beat with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.

  • 4 (8-oz) packages Philadelphia Brand cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 eggs 

Blend in melted 12-ounces white chocolate. Stir in ¾ cup chopped macadamia nuts into batter. 

Bake 325 degrees; 55-60 minutes or until center is almost set.

Run knife or metal spatula around rim of pan to loosen cake; cool before removing rim of pan. Refrigerate at least 4 hours.  

From “Favorite Brand Name Best-Loved Recipes – Collector’s Edition”, copyright 1997, page 240.

A majestic macadamia nut tree grows among lush tropical plants and coffee trees on Smithfarms in Hawaii, the Big Island. Unfortunately for their nut loving customers, 2011 is the last year Bob and Cea will sell macadamia nuts. Go now to order. The delicious recipe and the nuts are worth it!

A macadamia nut has a very hard shell. Bob’s luscious lime sits beside it.

You’ll find a hapuu (tree fern) frond growing among the Smiths’ coffee trees. It has nothing to do with macadamia nuts or coffee. I had to share because it’s so unusual!


Kona beans iced-coffee

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

iced coffee tea cup wrap kona

Photo: Coffee sacks cup sleeve on iced coffee glass.

Because Smith Farms Kona coffee has a chocolaty taste, I made the iced-coffee recipe from Arbuckle Coffee without the chocolate syrup to save calories. The coffee drink tasted like it had chocolate in it! I also used skim milk instead of ice-cream. It was less creamy but still very delicious.

The next day, I substituted Horizon Organic Fat-Free Vanilla yogurt for the ice-cream. The drink had a creamy texture, a vanilla flavor, and a tart taste.

For a third variation, I substituted Horizon Organic Fat-Free Plain yogurt for the ice-cream, which made the drink very tart. Folks who don’t like sugary drinks would enjoy plain yogurt in iced-coffee beverages.


Cup sleeves help maintain beer drinking temperature

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

Beer’s taste and aroma comes out when you enjoy it at the right temperature. When you want to maintain that perfect temperature for your particular tastes, slip on a Kup Kollar (cup sleeve) onto your pint or bottle. It’s designed with Thinsulate insulation by 3M, which is used in ice coolers. 

Kollars Beer containers

The sailing Kup Kollar is on a 24-ounce bottle, the Hawaiian flowers Kup Kollar is on a 16-ounce pint glass, and the baseball Kup Kollar Grande is on a 33-ounce bottle. 


Kona Coffee Farmers Association – The Naked Truth about 100% Kona Coffee 2009 Calendar

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

Hawaiian Teal Kup Kollar on cold take-out cup.
Hawaiian Red Kup Kollar on hot take-out cup.
Espresso & Mocha Kup Kap on mug.

Why are Hawaiian lady farmers taking off their clothes for Kona coffee? They’re helping the Kona Coffee Farmers Association, a nonprofit organization, raise money and awareness about Kona coffee.

The ladies are models for “The Naked Truth about 100% Kona Coffee” 2009 calendars. Each month you’ll meet a lady farmer demonstrating one of the farming tasks in growing coffee on her farm. The ladies are tastefully posed in beautiful Hawaiian scenery but you won’t see any Hawaiian clothing!

Coffee Beans Kup Kap on mug.
Architecture of Coffee Koffee Kozee covers a French press.

For the upcoming holidays, put a calendar with a Koffee Kozee (French press coffee cozy), a Kup Kap (cup lid), a French press, and a pound of Smithfarms 100% Kona coffee beans to make a unique gift collection. When you add a calendar, you’re also helping USA coffee farmers!

These calendar girls do know beans about farming!


Kona Coffee Farmers Association in Hawaii

Monday, May 12th, 2008

Kona Coffee Farmers are fighting a state law in Hawaii that allows coffee companies to mix only 10% Kona beans with cheaper, less quality beans from other countries and label the bags as a Kona blend. These bags sell for less money, are confusing to consumers who may not understand the difference between Kona coffee and Kona blends, and damage the reputation of Kona coffee.

The farmers have founded Kona Coffee Farmers Association. They’re working to get legislature passed that requires 75% Kona beans in the bag to label it a Kona blend. They also educate consumers and try to protect the Kona coffee heritage. All this and run their farms 24/7 so we can enjoy a delicious cup of 100% Kona coffee!

Smith coffee Kap

Espresso & Mocha Kup Kap on mug.

Beware the next time you buy Kona beans. Check the bag label to know what you’re buying. Visit Smithfarms web site and you are guaranteed hand-picked 100% Kona coffee beans in their green vacuum sealed bags. Don’t forget to use a Kup Kap to hold the heat in your souvenir Hawaiian mug from Hilo Hattie!


Hawaii Kona coffee-Smith Farms

Sunday, May 11th, 2008

I met Cea Smith, a Kona coffee farmer on Hawaii, the Big Island, several years ago through an online newsgroup called She and husband Bob, have a five acre coffee farm on the slopes of Mauna Loa Mountain.

Smith coffee products

Espresso & Mocha Kup Kollar on hot take-out cup.
Hawaiian Red Kup Kollar on cold take-out cup.
Coffee Drinks Kup Kap on mug.

Smithfarms 100% Kona coffee retains its delicious flavor when you use a Kup Kollar (cup sleeve) and a Kup Kap (cup lid) to keep the brew hotter or colder, longer. You’ll experience the rich flavor by brewing with a French press and a Koffee Kozee (coffee cozy) to hold in the heat. After you buy Smithfarms Kona beans, you will receive excellent customer service from two very interesting farmers! 

Hi 06 Oct 7 Smiths Farm 375 coffee trees

You won’t find coffee trees planted in straight rows on the Smiths’ farm. The trees are planted randomly so I felt like I was walking in a coffee forest! The red coffee cherries are hand picked by Bob and Cea.


Cup cozy in Hawaii

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008
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Hawaiian Teal Kup Kollar
on 16 ounce glass.

This is a photo I used in a Koffee Kompanions online newsletter about our trip to Hawaii. The cup cozy and tropical fruit punch look so delicious sitting on the beautiful beach under a full moon! The fabric for the Kup Kollar is from my favorite fabric store H. Kimura, INC in Kealakekua, Hawaii. While looking at the bolts of fabrics, I discovered knitting patterns published in the 70’s!

HI newls Kollar

Hawaiian Teal Kup Kollar on 16 ounce glass.

This is the original photo of the cup cozy and drink before I cropped it. When we remodeled the upstairs, we put my computer in the living room. One day while Dave and the crew were here working, I was writing an online newsletter about Hawaii for Koffee Kompanions. Because the furniture was moved around in the house, it was too crowded to take photos for the newsletter in the usual place.

So I put my little gray cells to work! I put a beach photo I had taken in Hawaii at full screen on my computer in Adobe photoshop. I placed a shelf at a proper height on two Tupperware canisters in front of the computer screen. I added shells I’ve collected around the glass. Next I took my bamboo plant and put it behind the shelf so the vase was hidden. The moon is the reflection of the camera flash. The brightness of the flash darkened the computer screen making it look like night time. The moon and the night look was an accident!

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Hawaiian Teal Kup Kollar
on 16 ounce glass.

This is the same setting without the flash. Here, the cup cozy and tropical fruit punch look refreshingly cool on a sunny beach!