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Brewing Up a Hawaiian Success

At the Kona coffee plantation of Joe and Deepa Alban, creativity and hard work have resulted in unique beans with high-end appeal

By Rachael King

Joe Alban never planned to grow coffee. He went to Hawaii for the waves. By the time he hit the beach with his surfboard, his course in life was already set. He had invested years to become an orthopedic surgeon and was in the last year of his residency in Chicago when he made the trip to the Pacific paradise.