" Forty years ago, my parents left Ann Arbor, Michigan and moved to the Big Island of Hawaii.
They had enough of snowy winters, and my father Ray had had enough of academic politics - he resigned his professorship at the University of Michigan - and off they went to start a small macadamia nut farm.
Located at 1200 ft above the Pacific, on the slope of Hualalai volcano, the site had to be hewn from lava rock.
Land was cleared, trees were planted, a house was built.
Over the decades, the Tek Farm became an oasis of peace and calm among surrounding development.
It remains a "little island on the Big Island".
The farm happened to be located in the tiny microclimate and geographic location where Kona Coffee may be grown...ideal for producing some of the best and most exclusive coffee on the Earth.
There was enough acreage to spare, so we began the task of digging holes and planting seedlings a few years ago, with the help of friends and family.
Anne and I hand pick and select our coffee, keeping only the best cherry. All of our processing is done by hand, and our coffee dries in the sun before roasting to order in small batches.
We've left our home in Australia to be here, and when I'm not out on tour or in the recording studio, Anne and I are likely to be found out in the field. It's hard work, but we enjoy it, and find it very satisfying to be able to offer this great coffee."
Deniz and Anne Tek
THE STORY OF OUR LOGO
On August 20, 2017 we hiked up to a gorgeous lake at about 9000' elevation in the Wind River mountain range of Wyoming. With our friend Evan Buchan, we had planned this trip for over a year.
Evan chose the site to be dead center in the band of totality of the next day's total solar eclipse. We made camp there, and slept under a billion stars.
The next morning we awoke to a bright clear day, happy that the weather had cooperated with our plans. At a little past 11 am things got a little dim - not dark, but colors were subdued in a strange way. We observed the moon sliding in front of the sun with a telescope and sun filter, to check the progression. Even as the eclipse approached 99% it was dusky out, but still daylight. I'm thinking, that's kind of cool, but not hugely impressive...
At the moment of transition from 99% to 100% it was as if a giant switch had been flipped - instant dark night, with stars out, and a black circle with a blazing white ring where the sun had been. We were completely unprepared for the shock. It was profound. The rational brain, even understanding the physics behind the event, did nothing to lessen the impact at our most primal and emotional level. Totality lasted about 3 minutes.
Anne snapped a photo, and we shared a shot of old single malt that Evan had hauled up the mountain for the occasion. It was the most astonishing, mind bending experience.
It is Anne's photo taken that day, that graces our coffee labels. (The small white dot visible to the lower left of the sun is not a flaw in the printing process - it is the star Rigel, captured along with the eclipse)