For the coffee lovers out there Maui is a great place to find unique cafes that offer Hawaii grown coffee, health conscious food and beautiful island atmosphere. Whether you are seeking out the best coffee in Maui, in need of a relaxing space to work, looking for a quick “pick me up” or a community space to catch up with friends/family, there is a wide range of cafes to visit on all parts of the island.
Although every place has it’s own flair with unique concept and offerings, one very important trait that you will find in all the coffee shops are their support and dedication to the local community. This support comes in many forms such as sourcing their ingredients from local farmers, using biodegradable materials to protect the environment and land, selling products and souvenirs made on island, and always providing service with a sense of aloha – a way of life that puts compassion, love and peace on the forefront. So no matter what side of the island you are on, there is always a place to find all of these great things and maybe your new favorite cup of joy – your best coffee in Maui.
Central Maui Best Coffee
Beginning in central Maui, Maui Coffee Roasters Kahului is known for specializing in 100% Hawaii grown coffee, 100% Kona Coffee, Hawaiian Blends and Hawaiian Flavored Coffee. They roast their beans daily in small batches for optimal freshness, and carry many pre-packaged coffee beans as well as all the accessories needed to brew the perfect cup. Some of the popular brands they carry include Hario, AeroPress and Bonavita and many of the products include mugs, french presses, hydro-flasks, grinders and cold brewing systems. From espresso to lattes, thai iced coffees, cold brews, chai, and smoothies to a menu consisting of sandwiches, salads, benedicts and wraps, Maui Coffee Roasters Kahului is definitely a must go to when visiting. Being close to the airport and in the crossroads to all parts of the island, it’s easy to visit wherever you stay in Maui.
Coffee Shops in Upcountry
Next, we move to Paia, where Paia Bay Coffee is serving up coffee in the outdoors, lush jungle, sunlight and fresh air in an open courtyard with plenty of cozy seating. Here they offer a small but delicious menu of breakfast/lunch sandwiches, salads, and pastries. The perk here is definitely the atmosphere, as you really feel connected to nature in a relaxing community setting. There is water flowing from a few small fountains, and the courtyard is completely open to the sky, allowing for a great cup of coffee, rain or shine.
In Makawao, there is Sip Me. Located off of Baldwin Avenue across the street from local boutique shops and stores, Sip Me offers an enclosed and almost rustic yet modern feel. With an extensive menu of vegan and gluten free treats, smoothies, organic juices and pastries that rival Paris viennoiseries it is a great place to stop for coffee before the rest of Makawao Town. While here, don’t forget to visit Komoda Bakery just a few doors down.
If you are feeling adventurous and looking to conquer the Road to Hana, there is a pretty magical place along the way that not only serves up coffee but also sells fruit and produce. Laulima Farm is surrounded by bamboo that is so tall, you can hear the sound of the stalks crashing against each other when the wind blows. The grounds are breathtaking with jackfruit, papaya, bananas and all kind of citrus growing. Grab a cup of Hawaii grown coffee, pick out some of the best fruit currently in season and take a walk around the property.
Coffee on West and South Shores
Other coffee shops worth visiting include: Akamai Coffee and Java Café in Kihei, Cafe Cafe Maui in Lahaina, and Mill House Roasting located at Maui Tropical Plantation in Wailuku. So, no matter what side of the island you are on, there is always a great café to visit and maybe you’ll even find your new favorite cup of joy – your best coffee in Maui. Aloha.
Kraken Cofee – a Drive-through Coffee Truck
Kraken Coffee is a recent addition to Maui coffee landscape. Great iced coffee (with coffee ice cubes!), nitro cold brew, fair prices and friendly service. They deliver real creativity, fun and aloha through their coffee creations. Check them out!
Updated September 23, 2019
Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Rose started culinary school and cooking in professional kitchens at age 23. Upon finishing school and an inspiring trip to San Francisco, she decided to pack her things and move to the city that would ultimately be the start of an incredible cooking and lifelong journey.
For the next 5 years, she trained in some of the most celebrated kitchens in the Bay Area including:
– Benu (stagiaire) by Corey Lee, San Francisco
– Ad Hoc by Thomas Keller, Yountville, CA
– Boulevard by Nancy Oakes, San Francisco
– Mourad by Mourad Lahlou, San Francisco
In May of 2016 she became the Executive Sous Chef for The Mill House located at Maui Tropical Plantation on Maui, Hawaii. In these kitchens she developed a background in savory, pastry, baking and bread production.
An advocate of the slow food movement with a love for strong, bold flavors, fresh produce and rustic cuisine, she believes that food should be comforting and memorable, shared and soulful.
Currently, Rose works as a private chef in the Bay Area with a focus on plant based cooking.