Morning on Kauai offers many things: gorgeous sunrises, tasty tropical breakfasts, poolside cabanas that seem to be calling your name. But when you emerge from your ocean-view villa on your first day at Koloa Landing Resort, your mind is on scoring the perfect cup of coffee before delving into the long list of island adventures vying for your attention.
Fortunately, finding a great cup of coffee on Kauai is easy. The Hawaiian islands are the only place in the U.S. where coffee is grown commercially, and coffee plantations are found on every island. Between the rich volcanic soil and the year-round warmth, coffee growing conditions are pretty much ideal.
There are about 4 million coffee trees on Kauai alone, and local roasters handle the processing without the beans ever leaving the island, so you know you’re getting the freshest coffee experience possible whenever you take a sip.
Here are a few of the best places in Kauai to grab coffee on the go or savor a fresh cappuccino while you plan your day:
Little Fish Coffee Poipu
The bright yellow and turquoise walls of Little Fish Coffee in Poipu give off a distinct island vibe, and the coffee served inside hits just the right note whether you’re sipping a hot honey nutmeg latte or beating the heat with an icy-cold Midnight Marauder with four shots of espresso, vanilla and sweetened condensed milk.
If your spouse isn’t in the mood for coffee, the menu also offers options like homemade chai, fresh iced tea and flavored Italian sodas. Your kids might opt for something off the smoothie menu or decide to indulge in a rich hot chocolate.
You’ve been wandering through Old Koloa Town all morning perusing the shops and checking out the historical buildings when you turn a corner and stumble on Eden Coffee, a gem of a coffee stand that promises to deliver the caffeine infusion you need to keep going. For a coffee drink with local flavor, try the macadamia-flavor Hawaiian Dream or coconutty Island Bliss. You can even pick up a bag of beans from Kauai Roastery to make island-style coffee at home while reminiscing about your Kauai vacation — or planning your return visit.
Koloa Mill Ice Cream and Coffee
Koloa Mill Ice Cream and Coffee, located in the heart of Old Koloa Town, is mostly known for its tempting scoops, scrumptious soft serve and incredible shaved ice, but it’s also a great place to score a delicious cup of joe. Stop in for a cup of fresh-brewed island coffee and a breakfast sandwich in the morning, then return later in the afternoon for a frozen treat.
Lappert’s Hawaii Ice Cream and Coffee
There are a few locations of Lappert’s Hawaii Ice Cream and Coffee scattered across the islands, including one at The Shops at Kukui‘ula in Poipu. Along with classic lattes, macchiatos and pour-over coffees, there are plenty of island-inspired coffee drinks on the menu at Lappert’s. Indulge in a Kauai Pie Mocha, which blends coconut, dark chocolate and hazelnut, or sip on a cup of vanilla macadamia nut coffee made fresh by the cup.
Kauai Coffee Estate
Kauai Coffee Estate isn’t a coffee shop but a whole experience that caters to true coffee lovers. You can take a tour of the coffee plantation, see roasters in action and hit the tasting room to sample every variety produced at the estate. Located just off Highway 50, the estate is easy to get to and gives you a close-up glimpse into how coffee is produced on the island.
With so many coffee choices on Kauai’s South Shore, you can try out a different one each day and find your own personal favorite. Start planning your Hawaiian adventure today by calling (808) 240-6600 to book a villa at Koloa Landing Resort, and get ready to wake up to a fresh cup of coffee in paradise.