Business

Hilo Coffee Mill Goes Up For Sale

June 17, 2014, 1:12 PM HST
* Updated June 17, 1:50 PM
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After 14 years in business, the founders of one of the Big Island’s foremost “farm to cup” coffee operations have decided it’s time for someone else to take the
reins.

“We’re finally ready to pursue other passions” said Katherine Patton, who started the business with partner Jeanette Baysa in 2001. Baysa and Patton announced they are retiring in a press release about the sale Tuesday.

After careers in other fields, they spent more than a decade developing a 23.86-acre parcel of raw land in Mountain View into a full-scale coffee business with roasting facilities, a certified kitchen and retail shop on one of the busiest highways in the county.

More than 6,000 actively producing coffee trees supply their wholesale, retail and online operations and the Coffee Mill provides roasting services for other farms around the island.

The retail shop has fresh-roasted beans for sale and a full-service espresso bar that has become a stop for locals, tour groups and visitors making day trips to Volcanoes National Park, said the release.

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Now the property, including the business and surrounding acreage, is listed for sale at $1.495 million.

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Kelly Moran, Principal Broker of Hilo Brokers, Ltd, said that an already permitted retail business on agricultural land along a busy highway is a valuable combination.

“It can take years of effort to get that,” Moran said.

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