Coffees of Hawaii

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Mike Atherton | Albert Boyce


Mike Atherton

Mike Atherton was born into a farming, missionary and political family. He is the great grandson of Benjamin Holt, founder of the Caterpillar Company of Stockton, California. He is also the grandson of Warren Atherton, the author of the G.I. Bill of Rights and his Hawai‘i ties are from his great-grandfather, the Reverend Isaac Warren Atherton, who was a missionary in Hawi-Kohala on the Big Island of Hawai‘i.

Mike owns and operates a coffee plantation in Nicaragua, Cerro de Jesus (Jesus Mountain). It is located in the Segovia region of northern Nicaragua on the border with Honduras, growing specialty coffee, including several arabica varieties, like Bourbon, Caturra, Catuai Rojo and Pacamara. The plantation covers about 1,000 acres and has over a million coffee trees.

In September 2004, the Moloka‘i plantation was able to make a complete turnaround with help from Mike and a small group of owners from Manteca, California. They purchased the land on which our coffee grows and renamed the company Friendly Isle Coffee Company, LLC, dba Coffees of Hawaii.

Mike came to Molokai and liked what he saw in the fertile slopes of Kualapuu. He knew that this plantation had a chance to regrow Hawaiian specialty coffee. He also recognized that he could incorporate his Jesus Mountain coffee with coffees from around Hawai‘i to create new roasted coffee blends.


We are not just 100% committed to offering the finest Hawaiian premium coffees: 100% Molokai coffee, 100% Kona coffee and 100% Maui coffee. We also are 100% committed to supporting the revitalization of both culture and ecology in our home, the Hawaiian islands. That's why we donate 1% of revenues to this cause. More than that, we actively support the people of our home-base island, Molokai, which many consider to be the most traditionally Hawaiian of all the islands. We must be pono–that is, doing the right thing. The native culture teaches this by example: It takes strength and courage, smarts and passion, to malama the aina–to take care of the spirit of the land that feeds us. We want to be part of that tradition.

Malama Hawaii. There is nothing like it anywhere else on planet Earth.