Predictions for 1 April 2014
1 April 2014
Last week's post was about my 2013
predictions for 2014. This week I'm going to go over
what I got right and what I got horribly wrong. I'm also
going to make predictions for 2015 but I'm going to seal those
away until next year.
For me, the past 12 months have been dominated by
Daylight Mind. If
you haven't heard, it's a coffee company that I co-founded
with a couple partners. The good news is that the
company is alive and well. If you're in town, stop
in for a meal or maybe some fresh baked goods. The
view is spectacular, especially in the morning when the
ocean is calm and the dolphins are out.
The bad news, for me at least, is that Daylight Mind has
not been quite what I had hoped for. The business has
become primarily a restaurant which was never part of
the original business plan. So while the company has
gone one way, I have gone my own separate way.
Daylight Mind was going to become the destination for
Kona coffee. Not only would we have the best coffee in
town, with a fancy café and bakery to back it up, we'd
also be one of the premier coffee roasters in town.
Leveraging off all the in-house expertise, we'd have a
coffee school where tourists and professionals alike
could learn all they ever wanted to know about coffee.
Of course with a coffee farmer on board, we'd have
plenty of farm tours too.
As is often the case, one thing leads to another and
plans change. The building the new business went into
is designed for a restaurant which is what Daylight Mind
has become. They still serve coffee, have a bakery and
roast coffee. There are still plans for a coffee
school. However, at least up to this point, the
restaurant has been the primary focus.
There's nothing wrong with that. I agree that the
restaurant needs to be the cornerstone of that business
and I wish them the best of luck. I, however, know very
little about restaurants and am not particularly
interested in being the owner of a restaurant.
Therefore I have decided to stay focused on my primary
business: Kona Earth coffee farm.
My predictions for Daylight Mind were partially correct and
partially wrong. That's better than my other
predictions. I either got everything wrong or didn't
predict it at all.
Eric and Casey returned to the island after I predicted that
they were gone for good. The timing on their coffee shop
venture in New York turned out to be not quite right.
As soon as I heard the news I tried my best to lure them
back to the Big Island to help with Daylight Mind.
Whether it was because of me or despite me, they did
return and even became partners in Daylight Mind.
However they too have since decided to no longer be
involved on a daily basis. What are they doing now?
Well, Eric has taken up surfing and seems to have a
natural talent for it. Neither one of them plans to
leave the island any time soon.
While I am happy to have Eric and Casey back on the island,
I'm sad that my good buddy Matt decided to leave. He
moved to Texas. In his memory, I got a puppy and named
her Matty. Just like her namesake she is always happy,
full of energy and ready to go to the beach. Now if
only I could get her to help with the farm work like
Matt used to do.
Speaking of people that have left the island, the
biggest change was our daughter Sarah who has gone off
to college. She's happy at
Cottey College, a
private two year school in Missouri. I won't even
try to predict where she'll end up after that. Maybe
next year I'll venture a guess.
It's amazing how different the house feels with Sarah
gone. Emily is still here and is in high school now.
Between the robotics club and the swim team, it feels
like she's never home. When she is home she's always
busy with homework so the house feels amazingly quiet
compared to just a year ago.
The farm is doing well. The 2012/13 harvest was an
extremely hectic harvest with tons of coffee that ripened
all at once. The 2013/14 harvest has been the
opposite with very little coffee and a slow
season. The prices are staying at record high levels
because nobody has any coffee to sell. Luckily the
2014/15 harvest is looking healthy. I just hope it
arrives before we run out of coffee.
We no longer have plans to sell the farm, at least not
any time soon. Instead we have decided to stick around
for awhile. But I'm not going to discuss my predictions
yet, that will have to wait until next year.