The Coffee Snob’s Guide to Hawaii: Part 1 Oahu

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Hawaii might be the only state in the union to grown coffee cherries for mass production. But many of the coffee shops in the archipelago don’t do those oily beans justice. After wandering around every single isle for the past year, here are the best places to grab an impressive cup of joe on Oahu.

The Curb, located in UH Manoa promises to delight Stumptown fans with iced Japanese brews and latte art to make this gal swoon. Until August 1, they have a pop up location on the ground floor of Ala Moana Mall in a former bikini waxing joint.

Also up the Manoa is the delightful Morning Glass Coffee + Cafe. This open air, art filled eatery showcases nature’s bounty with sustainable biscuits and sweet treats, Stumptown beans, and funky eats like mac and cheese pancakes. I like to pop in for a sandwich and an iced latte before a Manoa Falls hike.

With a location in Westin Moana Surfrider and another in downtown Honolulu, Honolulu Coffee Company isn’t a shabby option when the need for caffeine kicks into gear. I especially fancy the Waikiki location, where they give kiddos free stickers and tattoos. Plus instead of sipping your vanilla coffee in the cafe, opt instead to either plop down on one of the white rocking chairs out front, or dig your toes in the sand on Waikiki Beach.

Serious coffee fans populate downtown’s Beach Bum Cafe for choice local beans individually brewed for single drip coffee. This award-winning cafe is famous for brewing up Hawaii’s best beans.

As long as you can overlook the slightly country bumpkin name, ChadLou’s Coffee Shop is Kailua’s choice for latte art and culture. Their ice cream sandwiches aren’t too bad either. Check their website because occasionally they team with with food purveyors to bring artisan pop-up dining events to the cafe.

On the North Shore, head to the source to pick up beans at Waialua Estate’s coffee and chocolate farm. This estate specializes in single-estate beans, ideal for gifts or your condo. They welcome visitors, but call in advance to make sure the historic sugar mill is working its magic.

While it is not for imbibing, indulge in some decadence at the North Shore’s Spa Luana at Turtle Bay Resort. What’s better than their chocolate coffee glaze skin treatment? Only if its followed by an oceanfront massage and dinner at the posh restaurant.

Stay tuned for more updates on Hawaii’s best cafes.

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