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Destructive coffee bean beetle spreads to Hilo

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 06:17 a.m. HST, Oct 27, 2013

HILO » A tiny beetle that damages coffee beans continues its destructive march across the island of Hawaii, home to the famous Kona brew.

State agriculture officials say at least one Hilo-area coffee farm is infested with the destructive coffee berry borer. The bug from Africa first was discovered across the island from Hilo near Kona in September 2010.

Andrea Kawabata of the University of Hawaii said the discovery of a new infestation was confirmed by the state Department of Agriculture.

The females burrow into the fruit to lay their eggs, causing damage that can make the beans worthless. The beetles are dark brown and about the size of a sesame seed.

The insect is native to Angola.

So far no infestations have been found on any other Hawaiian islands.

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SueH wrote:
Is there a quarantine in place to prohibit transporting coffee cherries from the Big Island to other Hawaiian Islands??? If not, why not!
on October 26,2013 | 12:42PM
localguy wrote:
SueH - Clearly a product of the Nei's failing education system. Hello, the beans are roasted at temps over 180 degrees, hot enough to kill any insect that may be inside them. Perhaps if you had visited a coffee plantation you would have learned something. Rookie posters...... http://www.coffeebeans.ie/about-coffee-page34051.html
on October 26,2013 | 05:34PM
SueH wrote:
Before your two brain cells kick into gear, localguy, notice I said coffee CHERRIES, which are FRUITS, not roasted yet.
on October 26,2013 | 10:52PM
SueH wrote:
Oh, and BTW, I pick, pulp, dry and roast my own coffee from trees growing wild in our hills......Ever done that, LOCALguy?
on October 26,2013 | 10:57PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Head for the hills. Is this where the long line continues at from the long line at Starbucks(SBUX)? And the long ascending line of that stock price as well? Must be, because this tourist told me that the coffee from there is very, very good.
on October 27,2013 | 07:59AM
Slow wrote:
Classic reply, SueH. Probably the best "shut your mouth, clown" retort I have read. I think you have stopped his babble.
on October 27,2013 | 08:49AM
sloturle wrote:
how did it get here??
on October 27,2013 | 06:26AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Hmm? These boots were made for walking, and that's just what they will do. Don't let these boots walk all over you.
on October 27,2013 | 07:55AM
cojef wrote:
Good question, how did it get to Hawaii and it is rather simple to figure out, but not full-proof. So here goes. With the high prices being asked for Kona green coffee beans(over $25 a #), some unscrupulous vendor imported cheaper Ethiopian green beans($5 a # range) and diluted the kona green coffee beans with it to stretch it. The controversy about labelling attest to this a lot. What % dilution is allowable and still label it as Kona Coffee? Read between the lines. Have been buying green coffee beans from the South East(Java, Sumatra, New Guinea), Africa, Central and South America over the years and roast have roasted since. In fact just roasted a batch right now while reading the SA. Have a "Green Cafe" roaster priced over $500, and use Krup grinder.
on October 27,2013 | 08:19AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Hard to see. Same color and size as a coffee bean.
on October 27,2013 | 07:52AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Could be cloned Republican from the tea partyers to destroy the rival's crop? Hope I'm wrong.
on October 27,2013 | 07:54AM
Slow wrote:
It is Obamacare.
on October 27,2013 | 08:50AM
Kuokoa wrote:
Do you see what blocking the use of pesticides does? A GMO coffee bean maybe would also prevent this destruction!
on October 27,2013 | 12:05PM
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