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Coffee company details plans for Big Island land

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HILO, Hawaii (AP) - A coffee company is planning for its future a year after buying thousands of acres on Hawaii's Big Island.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports that Kau Royal Hawaiian Coffee & Tea bought more than 1,600 scenic acres on the island last January. The small limited-partnership company paid about $7 million for the land, which used to be a sugar plantation.

Kau Royal Hawaiian Coffee & Tea General Manager Louis Leong says the company plans to grow coffee, tea and fruits and vegetables there. He says they're planning for the first harvest within three to five years.

Leong says the company plans to invest another $20 million in the land and build a coffee mill and tea-processing plant. He says the company hopes to hire local workers.

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