Hawaii is the only state in America that is able to grow coffee, and as a result, we take our morning caffeine fix extremely seriously. And though we will occasionally grab Starbucks if we’re in a hurry, we prefer to visit local shops that specialize in Hawaii-grown coffee. These 12 coffee shops located throughout Hawaii are paradise for coffee connoisseurs and caffeine addicts alike.
1) Morning Glass Coffee + Café, Honolulu
Serving coffee not recommended for the faint-at-heart, Morning Glass Coffee is known for their Hawaii-grown coffee brewed in-house with a Chemex filter. Owner Eric Rose has been in the coffee business for almost 25 years, and is dedicated to recapturing “the passion for the craft of coffee.”
2) Maui Coffee Roasters, Kahului
This Kahului favorite has been helping Maui residents and visitors alike get their caffeine fix since 1982. Free we-fi, and its central location make it the perfect spot to grab a coffee before heading to Kahului airport, or a meeting of friends or business associates. Their 100 percent Kona Coffee and Hawaiian Blends are roasted in small batches daily on the island.
3) The Coffee Shack, Captain Cook
With a lanai that overlooks 26 miles of coastline, this island-style coffee shop is the place to go while in Captain Cook. You’ll be able to grab delicious coffee grown on-site, a decadent pastry or dessert item, and even take some breathtaking photos while you’re there.
4) Little Fish Coffee, Hanapepe
Serving up hand-brewered coffee, espresso, lattes, cappuccinos, teas, smoothies and fresh squeezed fruit and veggie juices, Little Fish Coffee has got it all. Bonus: this quaint café is located near Hanapepe’s many galleries. Can you imagine a better Saturday morning than browsing through magnificent art and sipping a latte?
5) Coffee Gallery, Haleiwa
Known for their fresh artisan brew, the Coffee Gallery is located on Oahu’s north shore. Once you step inside, you will see the in-house Diedrich roasters where baristas can be found manually roasting small batches of coffee every day. Definitely try their Hawaiian Paradise Blend.
6) The Coffee Lounge, Kailua-Kona
The Coffee Lounge is more than just another coffee shop; it is a place that fosters a sense of community through locally roasted coffees. From Kona coffee pour-overs and hand-crafted lattes to smoothies and acai bowls, the Coffee Lounge has got it all.
7) MauiGrown Coffee, Lahaina
More than just a coffee shop, the beans are actually grown on this 500-acre farm, which was formerly covered in sugar cane. Their trademark Maui Mokka or dark roasted Yellow Caturra coffees are to die for.
8) Small Town Coffee Company, Kapaa
Tucked behind numerous stands in a retail section of northern Kapaa, Small Town Coffee is the perfect spot to enjoy a good cup of Joe and a pastry in a cozy atmosphere, with plenty of outdoor seating.
9) Morning Brew, Kailua
With an extensive selection of Kona coffees, Morning Brew is located in a nondescript strip mall in Kailua, on Oahu’s windward coast. Their iced Thai latte – an iced coffee drink which blends the coffee beans with soybeans, corn and sesame seeds, among other ingredients – is absolutely heavenly.
10) Greenwell Farms, Kealakekua
Established in 1850, this historic coffee farm offers free tours, a little retail shop, and free coffee samples. This is a must-visit while on the Big Island – where else are you going to learn more about coffee?
11) Paia Bay Coffee, Paia
This relaxed coffee shop serves up heavenly coffee drinks and delicious breakfast and lunch items in a hip, eclectic atmosphere with garden seating.
12) Green World Coffee Farm, Wahiawa
Find your favorite flavor while trying free samples and enjoy the espresso bar.
Did your favorite coffee shop make the list? If not, tell us where you prefer to enjoy a cup of Joe in the comments below.