Ihilani Coffee wrote:
Paniolo Club: Perhaps we have a difference in definition. To me, a co-op is a cooperative of entities gathered together. In this case, `Ihilani Coffee gathers the best coffees we can find from single estate growers in a free market from each of the coffee regions on the Big Island. We do not mix coffees from farms in the same growing region. When we label "premium estate" that means a single coffee farm from that region. What you believe is up to you, and I sleep quite well knowing my truth.
I'm sorry, but your post said "we market single estate coffees" so if you are marketing coffee from say "ABC Farm" than that's what your web site should say. Since it doesn't, it means you are marketing coffee from unknown farms and locations under your own label. That's a "co-op" regardless of how you sleep. You admitted you don't have a coffee farm here, but your web site says you mix your own Puna coffee with other "single estate coffees," so that should make you sleep well.
Bruddah, I don't give a heaping poop about what you sell, but I sure do care about what I buy, and I sure still remember that guy who was selling cheap Costa Rican coffee as 100% Kona Coffee here a few years ago.