NEW WAVE COF­FEE

Thought you couldn’t get a good flat white in Hawaii? You can, and here’s where

Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - DESTINATION | UNITED STATES - ASHLEE GALEA

Hawaii is blessed with min­eral-rich vol­canic soil and a per­fect cli­mate for grow­ing cof­fee plants. It’s the only US state to grow cof­fee com­mer­cially and is world-fa­mous for Kona cof­fee, made from cof­fee beans cul­ti­vated in the Kona re­gion of the is­land of Hawaii (also known as the Big Is­land).

It’s no se­cret that Aus­tralians love good cof­fee, es­pe­cially espres­sobased bev­er­ages. Amer­i­cans on the other hand typ­i­cally en­joy drip brewed cof­fee. This can pose a chal­lenge for Aussie visi­tors to Hawaii who seek out their fa­mil­iar flat whites, cap­puc­ci­nos and lat­tes.

Don’t be fooled; in­cred­i­ble cof­fee ex­ists in Hawaii but you need to know where to find it. Re­sort ar­eas such as Waikiki of­fer spe­cialty cof­fee shops and many will make a flat white.

OLIVE & OLIVER 412 LEWERS ST, HONOLULU

Olive & Oliver is a wel­com­ing bou­tique and espresso bar at The Sur­f­jack Ho­tel + Swim Club. It’s the per­fect place to get a caf­feine hit in a stylish art-in­fused cof­fee cup. Caffe Vita from Port­land, Wash­ing­ton, sup­plies the cof­fee beans and while there’s no flat white on the menu, they do make a mean cap­puc­cino, latte and cold brew.

Visi­tors can peruse the on-site ap­parel shop while they sip. It’s filled with lo­cal de­signer brands and trendy cloth­ing and ac­ces­sories re­flec­tive of Hawaii’s beach cul­ture. OLIVEANDOLIVERHAWAII.COM

ARS CAFE GALLERY 3116 MONSARRAT AVE, HONOLULU

ARS Cafe Gallery is an artisan cof­fee ex­pe­ri­ence in Di­a­mond Head, a short walk from Waikiki en route to Di­a­mond Head crater. It’s small and so­phis­ti­cated, a space that cel­e­brates ars (mean­ing art, skill and craft) through an ever-chang­ing in-house art show fea­tur­ing artists and their cre­ative works. They serve high­qual­ity espres­sos and drip brew cof­fee us­ing lo­cal and world roasts. Aus­tralians will ap­pre­ci­ate the menu fea­tur­ing loaded toasts, ba­nana bread and homemade ge­lato. ARS-CAFE.COM

GORILLA IN THE CAFE HONOLULU 2155 KALAKAUA AVE, HONOLULU

Gorilla in the Cafe Honolulu is a gourmet cof­fee­house with out­door seat­ing at the west end of Waikiki’s main thor­ough­fare, Kalakaua Ave. It was opened by the South Korean ac­tor and restau­ra­teur Bae Yong Joon af­ter be­ing in­spired by his visit to the Kona cof­fee farms of Hawaii Is­land. This cafe uses 100 per cent Hawai­ian cof­fee beans sourced from Hawaii’s award-win­ning cof­fee pro­duc­ers and of­fers a range of brewed, spe­cialty and espresso drinks. The Gorilla Frappe is a favourite among pa­trons; it’s a frozen mocha with a whole fresh ba­nana blended in it.

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KAI COF­FEE HAWAII 2424 KALAKAUA AVE, HONOLULU

Kai Cof­fee Hawaii is tucked away in the atrium of the Hy­att Re­gency Waikiki Beach Re­sort & Spa. It’s a lo­cally owned and op­er­ated fam­ily busi­ness that serves artisan roasted Hawai­ian cof­fee us­ing beans grown in Kona’s vol­canic soil, on hills that slope to­wards the kai (mean­ing sea). Ma­cadamia nut milk is avail­able. Sam­ple it in an iced or hot Kai Latte. KAICOFFEEHAWAII.COM

IS­LAND VIN­TAGE COF­FEE 2301 KALAKAUA AVE #C215, HONOLULU

Is­land Vin­tage Cof­fee is a well-known Hawai­ian cof­fee chain with a store in the heart of Waikiki, on the sec­ond floor of the Royal Hawai­ian Cen­ter. Their sat­is­fy­ing brew is grown on the up­per slopes of the Kona district on the is­land of Hawaii. Early ris­ers can sam­ple their famed acai bowls, a breakfast item con­sist­ing of acai puree, gra­nola, fresh fruit and honey. ISLANDVINTAGECOFFEE.COM

HONOLULU COF­FEE 2365 KALAKAUA AVE, HONOLULU

Honolulu Cof­fee is a fa­mous Hawai­ian cof­fee chain serv­ing “farm­cof­fee to-cup” cof­fee. Find it in mul­ti­ple lo­ca­tions around Oahu in­clud­ing the en­try of the Moana Surfrider, A Westin Re­sort & Spa. Al­ways buzzing, this cof­fee shop is busy but ef­fi­cient. It fea­tures cof­fee beans grown on their prized Kona cof­fee farm on the slopes of Mauna Loa vol­cano on Hawaii Is­land. Take the cof­fee “to-go” and drink it in a nearby rock­ing chair or un­der the beach­side banyan tree. HONOLULUCOFFEE.COM

ALOHA COF­FEE COM­PANY 120 KAIULANI AVE, HONOLULU

Aloha Cof­fee Com­pany serves high­grade Kona cof­fee from a small cart near the pool at the Sher­a­ton Princess Kaiulani Ho­tel. It’s a quick and easy caf­feine stop in cen­tral Waikiki. The is pro­duced with fresh cof­fee beans; sourced from the Big Is­land and roasted weekly to en­sure su­perb flavour. They also stock In­stapressed raw juices. While wait­ing on an or­der, visi­tors can in­spect other carts in the area that of­fer trin­kets and sou­venirs. ALOHACOFFEECO.COM

BILLS HAWAII 280 BEACH WALK, HONOLULU

Bills Hawaii is a mod­ern eatery on Waikiki’s Beach Walk cre­ated by Aus­tralia’s own celeb chef Bill Granger. It’s highly re­garded for great cof­fee, in­clud­ing the clas­sic flat white, made from an or­ganic blend by Stump­town Cof­fee Roast­ers based in Port­land, Ore­gon. Bills cof­fee is best en­joyed over a dine-in breakfast of sig­na­ture ri­cotta hot­cakes with ba­nana and hon­ey­comb but­ter or the “full Aussie” served with thick Aus­tralian-style ba­con. BILLSHAWAII.COM

KONA COF­FEE PUR­VEY­ORS 2330 KALAKAUA AVE, SPACE 160, IN­TER­NA­TIONAL MAR­KET PLACE, HONOLULU

Kona Cof­fee Pur­vey­ors, in part­ner­ship with San Fran­cisco’s b. patis­serie, re­cently opened a cof­fee and pas­try hot spot at the Kuhio St en­trance to the In­ter­na­tional Mar­ket Place. It’s one of 75 stores in the new and im­proved shop­ping com­plex and the per­fect place to pause dur­ing a day of re­tail ther­apy. Wash down Parisian and Vi­en­nese-style pas­tries with a cup of artisan-roasted cof­fee made from fine high-el­e­va­tion, sin­gle-es­tate Kona cof­fee beans. KONACOFFEEPURVEYORS.COM

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Take a break from the Hawai­ian surf to sam­ple a top brew at a spe­cialty cof­fee shop.

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Take a break from the beach to sam­ple a top brew at Gorilla in the Cafe.

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