To say that Honolulu‘s (and Hawaii, for that matter) coffee scene has evolved immensely over the past decade is an understatement. Blessed with some of the best conditions in the USA to farm coffee, the past decade has seen a dramatic rise in shops that serve some of the best coffee in Honolulu.
Check out where you’ll find the seven best coffee shops in Honolulu.
The best coffee shops in Honolulu
The Curb initially began with humble roots in the back of a coffee truck. Today, they have three store locations thanks to the fantastic coffees they serve and the quirky and friendly baristas that make these coffees (bowtie alert!).
Try their Nitro Cold Brew coffee while you’re here, a drink that is sourced from local beans.
Kona Coffee Purveyors just might have some of the strongest and boldest flavoured coffee in Honolulu. Their beans are actually roasted on a nearby island by the founder of the Honolulu Coffee Company so you know the coffee is legit here.
Their pourovers are usually a great option here and they’ll make one according to whatever their daily brews are.
Morning Glass Coffee is another coffee institution in Honolulu and they’re known for their wide variety of coffees from other states. Since they are one of the more popular coffee shops on the island, get there early to avoid long queues.
Try a fresh cup of brewed coffee and pair it with their most popular food order: the mac and cheese pancakes.
Ali’i Coffee is in downtown Honolulu and is one of the more newer coffee shops to make an impact on the scene. This chill downtown shop focuses a lot of their coffee energy on producing the best cold brew on the island.
Definitely swing by here if a cold coffee is what you like or if you’re just looking to escape from that Hawaii sun.
While many coffee shops in Honolulu focus on darker coffee roasts, Kai Coffee has taken the opposite approach. Their coffees are generally lighter roasts and that even extends to their pourovers. Their java beverages are well-balanced and bright in flavour.
Try a cup of their light roast here. Or a pourover for a bit more flavour, if you prefer.
Arvo Cafe is actually an Australian coffee shop and surprisingly, is one of the best ones in Honolulu. The cafe itself is actually right next to a flower shop and having a cup of joe’s here can feel like you’re sipping on it in a botanical garden. It’s also a lovely place to take some great pictures.
For a cup of java that will really wake you up, try their Long Black. A double espresso poured over piping hot water.
Brue Bar prepares some of the better hand-crafted coffees in Honolulu and you can almost even call it gourmet coffees. The Slayer espresso machine, what some think is the best espresso-making machine, is used here and is on full display letting everyone know that they take their coffees seriously here.
For something a bit different, try a Hazelnut or Vanilla Latte here at Brue Bar.