With its mineral-rich volcanic soil, Hawaii is the only state that can grow coffee commercially. Most of the coffee production happens on the Big Island and earns the Kona coffee name only if grown in the Kona district. Need a mood-lift? Let this indulgence nudge you toward a brighter day.
Morning Glass Coffee & Café wakes you up to quality. The owner roasts the Hawaiian coffee himself; menu items, like syrups and scones, are made in-house. Beyond Hawaiian coffee, the owner seeks out quality beans from all over the world, and every cup is brewed individually within a few days of roasting (the drip coffee is worth the extra few-minutes’ wait, and it’s intriguing to witness – and smell – so many coffees brewing simultaneously). Try the swamp tea or cinnamon soda (made with Big Island cinnamon) if you’re not a coffee person. Breakfasts here also earn raves.
Hit Island Vintage Coffee Honolulu for 100% Kona coffee served by friendly baristas. The Vintage Kona Mocha makes an addictive blend, the Hawaiian Honey Latte presents a sweet surprise and the Iced Lava Mocha swirls with dark chocolate and caramel. The regular Kona drip coffee hints at coconut – request it without if you’re a purist. For tea drinkers, the Tropical Sensation is topped with bits of strawberry, kiwi and blueberry. Don’t leave without browsing the gift shop.
The Honolulu Coffee Company hand-picks the ripest coffee cherries, which are wet-processed and sun-dried. The result? The richest, boldest, smoothest coffee you’ve ever tasted – though you’ll be lured by the scent alone as you pass. Duck inside for an iced latte (try the Nutty Hawaiian) – skilled, yet efficient, baristas add double shots of espresso to make these lattes strong…just the way we like them. To experience creamy, liquid paradise, order the Caramel Frost.
“ If you are visiting between November and February, don’t miss Waimea Bay on the North Shore where the island’s top surfers take on 30-foot waves ”
MORNING GLASS COFFEE & CAFÉ
Address: 2955 E. Manoa Rd., Honolulu, HI 96815
Phone: (808) 673.0065
Web Address: www.morningglasscoffee.com
Distance/Drive: Just over three miles from THE MODERN HONOLULU – a 12-minute drive.
Brief directions from THE MODERN HONOLULU: Head southeast on Ala Moana Boulevard, right on Kalakaua Avenue, left on Pau Street, left on Ala Wai Boulevard, right on McCully Street, right on Kapiolani Boulevard, left on University Avenue, continue on Oahu Avenue, right on East Manoa Road.
THE HONOLULU COFFEE COMPANY
Address: DFS Galleria Waikiki, Gourmet Food Hall, 330 Royal Hawaiian Ave., Honolulu, HI 96815
Phone: (808) 673.0065
Web Address: www.honolulucoffee.com
Distance/Drive: Just one mile away from THE MODERN HONOLULU – an 8-minute walk.
Brief directions from THE MODERN HONOLULU: Head southeast on Ala Moana Boulevard, right on Kalakaua Avenue, left on Kuhio Avenue, left on Lewers Street, Right on Aloha Drive, Right on Royal Hawaiian Avenue.
ISLAND VINTAGE COFFEE HONOLULU
Address: 1450 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu, HI 96815
Phone: (808) 941-9300
Web Address: www.islandvintagecoffee.com
Distance/Drive: Less than one mile away from THE MODERN HONOLULU – a quick, 10-minute walk..
Brief directions from THE MODERN HONOLULU: If driving, head southeast on Ala Moana Boulevard, make a U-turn on Ena Road and your destination is on the right.