Unique micro-lots to full containers of high-quality lots

Consistency from type samples to deliveries

Accessibility by phone and e-mail from start to finish

Marketing support: photos, technical specs, stories and events

Our Hawaiian portfolio currently consists of coffees from two of the Big Island's best-known districts: Kona and Ka'u.

Think of us as your on-the-ground, quality-control service. With your preferences in mind, we cup through individual lots to find the green beans that best suit your needs. And we develop exclusive coffees with trusted farmers and mills.

Upon sourcing these coffees, we immediately prep and ship them in GrainPro bags.

Our Ka’u coffees mostly come from farmers who practice traditional washed methods. They ferment small batches of beans in water, then allow them to sun dry—a practice we prefer for its often superior cup quality.

In Kona, where the supply of high-quality beans has been tight in recent years, clients value our ability to snap up the best coffees for them. By working with various farms and mills and cupping through individual harvests, we can assemble larger lots of coffee with consistent cup quality.

Meet Our Team

R. Miguel Meza

Founder, Coffee Sourcing & Development

As a green-bean buyer, renowned cupper and award-winning roaster, Miguel is obsessed with finding the best raw material. Eventually, he decided to create it: In 2008, he moved to Hawaii to work with coffee from the farm to the cup.

Miguel is the co-founder and co-owner of Paradise Roasters in Ramsey, MN & Mountain View, HI, and has worked with several Hawaiian coffee companies in his time on the Big Island.  His unique and deep knowledge of the mysteries of coffee have led to his demand as an instructor and featured guest in several emerging coffee regions throughout the world, where he works to improve and source specialty lots for Isla.

Ralph Gaston

Co-Owner, Coffee Sourcing, Finance & Logistics

Ralph controls Isla’s logistics and financial departments. When new clients begin working with Isla, his role becomes very prominent. As the main contact during this phase, Ralph is in charge of creating, booking and monitoring all deliveries.

Ralph began his adventures in specialty coffee in January 2011, accompanying Miguel on an origin trip to India for an introduction to high-quality specialty robusta. Since that time he has grown to become co-owner of Rusty’s Hawaiian Coffee in Pahala, HI and a certified Q-grader.  Ralph remains a key point of contact with Isla’s Kona coffee supply chain.

Lorie Obra

Coffee Sourcing & Quality Control

As one of America’s top specialty-coffee producers, Lorie Obra knows quality Ka’u beans better than anyone.  As a longtime Ka’u farmer with Rusty’s Hawaiian, her relationships with her fellow farmers  is vital to Isla’s Ka’u coffee program.

Lorie’s skill and passion are also key for Isla’s Quality Control program, as she cups with Miguel and Ralph to determine which lots will be offered to Isla clients.

Joan Obra

Co-Owner, Marketing & Sales

Joan is the head of Isla’s marketing department.  To help importers and roasters tell the stories behind their coffees, Joan draws on seven years of experience as a food journalist across multimedia platforms.

Joan has been on site in Hawaii since 2011 working with Isla and as a co-owner of Rusty’s Hawaiian.

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