Hilo Coffee Mill Burglarized… Owner Responds

Hilo Coffe Mill was recently ripped off and the following was reported by one of the owners to me.   If you know who may be involved in this theft, please contact the police.

On June 10th at 3:40am thieves came onto the Hilo Coffee Mill property. We believe they jumped the fence on the Hilo Side. We have over 8 hours of video showing the entire event. The Police Department are working on it all now and will have a release of some sort soon.
Coffee mill thief
They first came onto the property, surveyed the area around our solar/warehouse. They then proceeded to go inside the warehouse and steal first our van, second our $9000 zero turn Hustler lawn mower, a weed wacker and then our Kawasaki ATV. There are other small items missing too.
Coffee mill thief 2

They left first with the van and the zero turn mower, plowing down our front gate. They turned left on the highway heading toward Mountain View. When they returned about 16 minutes later, they came from the Hilo side of the highway, leading us to believe they went through Hawaiian Acres from South Kulani and coming out at Road 8.

They then hooked up the ATV and actually had one of the thieves ride on the back of it because they couldn’t get it started. They once again turned left out onto the highway toward. Mountain View. This was at 4:51am

The good news is we have 8 hours of video and we recovered the van, with some damage, like the seat belt that was cut out and used as a tow strap for both the mower and the ATV, and the mower, which is pretty much totaled, to the tune of about $5000 in repairs. Yes, we have insurance but we do have a large deductible and have lost the use of the mower until it can all be settled.

We are still missing the ATV. I’ll post more videos and pictures shortly. Stay tuned because these no good SOB’s will be caught.

Many cars on the highway at that time of the morning. Someone must have noticed something funny going on…

Thanks for everyone’s support. Feel free to SHARE with anyone you think can help.

Katherine Hall-Patton
Hilo Coffee Mill

Hilo Coffee Mill Owners Put Business, Land Up for Sale

After 14 years in business, the founders of one of the Big Island’s most iconic “farm to cup” coffee operations have decided it’s time for someone else to take the reins.

The Hilo Coffee Mill

The Hilo Coffee Mill

“We’re finally ready to pursue other passions” said Katherine Patton, who started the business with partner Jeanette Baysa back in 2001.

Patton and Baysa, who both held successful careers prior to getting into the coffee business, spent more than a decade developing a 23.86-acre parcel of raw land in Mountain View into a full-scale coffee business, complete with roasting facilities, a certified kitchen and a retail shop along one of the busiest highways in the state of Hawai`i.

The partners estimate there are now more than 6,000 actively producing coffee trees supplying their wholesale, retail and online operations. The pair also provide much-needed roasting services for farms around the island.

Hilo Coffee Mill’s retail shop offers fresh-roasted beans for sale, and a full-service espresso bar which has become a favorite watering hole for locals, and a frequent stop for tour groups and visitors making day trips to Volcanoes National Park. The business was awarded TripAdvisor’s “Certificate of Excellence” award for 2013 and 2014.

Kelly Moran, Principle Broker of Hilo Brokers, Ltd, described the business location as a potential “gold mine.”

“It can take years of effort to get a retail location on Ag land properly permitted along a busy highway”, said Moran, who added “millions of visitors pass through this area, and for the right entrepreneur, there is serious money to be made.”

Hilo Brokers, Ltd currently has the business and surrounding acreage listed for sale at $1,495,000. The operation is being sold “turn-key”, with transitional training provided for new owners.

When asked what their plans are once the business is sold, Baysa responded, “We’d like to pursue other passions, like retirement. The last 13 years have passed by so quickly, we barely even noticed.”

3rd Annual Christmas in the Country Arts and Crafts Fair

The 3rd Annual Christmas in the Country Arts and Crafts Fair is happening on Monday, November 11 (Veteran’s Day) from 10am-4pm. It’s held at Hilo Coffee Mill located between the 12 & 13 Mile Markers on Hwy 11.

Christmas at the MillAll net proceeds benefit the Carousel of Aloha project of Paradise Ponies, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) non profit organization.

There will be a visit from Santa, hay rides, lots of activities for whole family, musical entertainment and great ‘made in Hawaii’ hand crafted gift giving ideas. For more information, or for interested vendors, call Hilo Coffee Mill at 808-968-1333 or email hcmcoffee@msn.com


Carousel of Aloha

Paradise Ponies, Inc., a nonprofit corporation, intends to construct and operate a unique Hawaii-themed carousel, called the “Carousel of Aloha,” along the Volcano Heritage Corridor on Hawai’i, the Big Island.

Paradise Ponies will offer a series of carousel-figure carving classes for artists who want to be part of the community project. The first class will be held Feb. 24-26 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Shipman Business Park in Keaau. Master carousel carver Ken Means of Oregon, will teach the foundation of creating a carousel figure: starting from a drawing, to a pattern, and then creating the “blank”. A carousel blank is the block of wood made from laminated boards that become the palette for the carver. The class cost is $300 with possible discounts.

“This class is the first in a series we will hold to get people excited and involved,” said project coordinator Katherine Patton. “Ultimately, the Carousel of Aloha will be the focal point of a bigger park and pavilion that will serve our community and bring everyone together,” she said.

The Carousel of Aloha will feature hand-carved Hawaii-themed menagerie figures like a monk seal, a green sea turtle, pa`u style horses and a “nightingale,” (the coffee-bean toting donkeys once used on coffee plantations island-wide). It will feature seating benches, scenic panels, mirrors and other colorful carousel amenities carved and painted by volunteer artisans throughout Hawaii. An expansive pavilion will house the carousel, gift shop and other indoor spaces available to the community for art and cultural activities, recreation and entertainment. An adjacent park will add outdoor space for cultural events, and activities for families, residents and visitors to the east side of Hawaii Island.

Volunteers, donations, corporate sponsors and major benefactors are needed. For information on classes or how to help, go to website www.CarouselOfAloha.org or contact Katherine Patton at 808-315-1093.

An informational display, including carousel figures in progress, is shown at the Hilo Coffee Mill in Mountain View every Saturday from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Hawaii Coffee Association Results – 3rd Annual Hawaii Statewide Cupping Competion

Media Release:

The Hawaii Coffee Association crowned its third Grand Champion of Hawaiian Coffee at its 16th Annual Conference and Trade Show at the Hilton Waikoloa Village located on Kona’s Gold Coast. The HCA joined with Coffee Fest, a national coffee industry trade show, to co-host the three-day event.

Rusty’s Hawaiian 100% Ka’u Coffee received top honors for the second consecutive year in the competition between coffees entered from each growing origin in Hawaii. The coffees were ‘cupped’ and scored from a pool of 58 premium Hawaiian coffees from eight districts by a panel of six notable coffee industry professionals using standardized blind procedures. Awards were given to the top three entries from each origin as well as the Grand Champion award.

Lorie Obra of Rusty’s Hawaiian accepted the coveted HCA award presented by witty commentator and keynote speaker Howard Dicus. Lorie passionately expressed simultaneous joy and sorrow adding that she was emotionally torn between sadness and elation because her late husband and farm namesake, Rusty, could not share the award while expressing joy over realizing his dream. “This is for my late husband, our farm, the Ka’u district, the HCA and all Hawaii coffees from across the state,” Obra said.

The expanded cupping panel included Shawn Hamilton of Java City Roasters, Warren Muller of Inter American Coffee, Paul Thornton of Coffee Bean International, Lindsey Bolger of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Jay Isais and Jesse Martinez of Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf. Four of the six are licensed coffee graders. None are based in Hawaii to help ensure impartiality. “The cup quality and diversity has improved every year,” said chief judge Hamilton. “We’re experiencing flavors that would never have been associated with Hawaiian coffee in years past. Everyone is upping their game.”

HCA members re-elected Tom Greenwell as president at their annual member meeting. The conference also featured an industry trade show, guest speakers, growers’ reports, diverse educational seminars, a hands-on cupping workshop and a latte art competition.

Coffee cupping is a combination of art and science where coffees are evaluated and scored based on subtle characteristics including, flavor, aroma, ‘mouth-feel,” acidity, sweetness and aftertaste.

The Hawaii Coffee Association’s mission is to represent all sectors of the Hawaii coffee industry, including growers, millers, wholesalers, roasters and retailers.  The HCA’s primary objective is to increase awareness and consumption of Hawaiian coffees.  A major component of HCA’s work is the continuing education of members and consumers. This annual conference has continued to grow each year and has gained increased international attention.

For more information visit Hawaii Coffee Association’s website at www.hawaiicoffeeassociation.com




1.     Hawaii White Mountain LLC


1.     Hilo Coffee Mill

2.     Makana Gardens

3.    Manny’s Brew Coffee Co


1.     Moloa’a Bay Coffee

2.     Kauai Coffee Company


1.     Rusty’s Hawaiian

2.     JN Coffee Farm

3.     Ali`i Hawaiian Hula Hands Coffee


1.     Greenwell Farms

2.     Hawaiian Queen Coffee

3.     Arianna Farms `Ono Kona Coffee


1.     Shim Coffee & Protea Farm

2.     Keokea Farms

3.     Punawai Farms


1.     Coffees of Hawaii


1.     Waialua Estate Coffee

2.     Pavaraga – HARC

Mahalo and Aloha From the Hilo Coffee Mill

I just wanted to say Aloha and Mahalo to the Hilo Coffee Mill as I got to stop by the place today and pick up some presents.

Inside the Hilo Coffee Mill

I stopped by right after their farmers market was wrapping up.  I’ve been told that the Hilo Coffee Mill’s farmers market is going to take a break until the New Years begins so that folks can concentrate on the holidays.


I’m so fortunate to have great sponsors of this site… Mahalo to all for reading it and supporting my sponsors!

The Portuguese Soup at The Hilo Coffee Mill is a MUST!

I had lunch today with my new supervisor at the Hilo Coffee Mill and I just wanted to say that if anyone guys stop by there… Try their Portuguese Soup if they are selling it on that day.

It was so good… “broke da mouth!” I would have never expected great Portuguese soup from a coffee shop but it was great.

Thanks to the staff at Hilo Coffee Mill for a great lunch and a nice break from work today.

Hilo Coffee Mill “Market @ The Mill” on Saturdays

Media Release:

Mountain View’s Favorite Gathering Place!

“The “Market @ The Mill” is located at the Hilo Coffee Mill farm and is open every Saturday from 7:00 AM – 12:00 PM — a significant convenience for local residents and visitors of the agriculturally rich Puna District.

The market features Hawai`i grown fruits, vegetables, flowers, plants and other Hawaii-grown farm and value-added products, with a maximum of 20 vendors. All vendors, or their representatives, sell products grown on local farms or value added products using Big Island grown produce. Fresh cooked local ingredient breakfasts are cooked outside on the griddle every Saturday. We want to showcase locally grown items and give our local farming community another revenue stream especially in these economic times. In addition, it promotes the purchase of locally grown items and sustainable agriculture. Having a market in Upper Puna / Mountain View can help save money on gas, groceries and entertainment. It can build community spirit.

Hilo Coffee Mill is conveniently located on Highway 11, the beautiful Volcano Heritage Corridor, midway between Hilo and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Hilo Coffee Mill works diligently to bring East Hawaii coffee to the forefront of the world market and to add East Hawaii to the list of Best Coffee Growing Regions Worldwide.

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