For those of you unfamiliar with Emily's Tea Regatta, this is a blog about tea, the great outdoors, current events, and sometimes the blogger's life. Here are some pictures of the latest outdoor adventure, Hawaii the Big Island. Here is the Place of Refuge on the left and Kona Coffee Farm on the right. The Place of Refuge is from back when island dwellers still lived a native life. If someone from the tribe committed a crime worthy of death, there only chance at redemption was to run to this place of refuge. They had to make it there before being apprehended along the way. Today it is a national landmark. Bobby and I were actually snorkeling in the water below and shot this with a waterproof camera.
On the right, kona coffee beans are fermenting in a cement cistern. They have already been roasted in sunlight for several days. This is a larger coffee plantation, but there are many coffee plantations on the Big Island. I was under the impression that there would be one large "Kona Coffee Plantation", but there is not. Instead there are many of these plantations, owned by different people, and the coffee is pooled together under the name "Kona Coffee". Of course there are different brands, but the brand is not usually specified when served.