Located 30 minutes away in Honolulu, Kai Coffee makes high quality brews and espresso its main focus. Founder Sam Suiter, who owns the cafe along with wife Natalie Suiter, opened this cafe after 15 years in the industry and wanted to keep the focus on the coffee. Baristas go through rigorous training, so you can rest assured they serve some of the best coffee in Oahu.
Natalie and Sam are true coffee aficionados. Kai coffee celebrates the uniqueness of Hawaiian coffee, which flourishes in a microclimate that offers the perfect amount of rainfall and shade, producing some of the best coffee in Oahu. At Kai, you can choose from a variety of brew methods, each bringing out a different quality in your brew. Try your coffee brewed by pour over, Aeropress, French press, or 12-hour cold brew.
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While Kai does serve up a good selection of sweet drinks, customers say if you’re looking for pure, high quality coffee, Kai impresses. Customers describe the espresso as smooth and bright. If you visit, don’t miss out on trying the cafe’s signature drink, the Kai latte. It’s a macadamia nut latte topped with macadamia flavored whip cream. It rarely gets a bad review. In similar spirit, Kai customers love that the cafe offers macadamia nut milk along with soy and almond milk.
Pastries are made fresh in house every morning. Try the salted caramel brownie sandwich, fruit tart, or the lilikoi roll cake, a delicate sponge cake made with lilikoi (yellow passionfruit). The cafe also serves locally-made Baker & Butcher sandwiches in its cold case.
Most Kai customers are tourists; however, the cafe offers a 25% discount to locals (the cafe calls it by its Hawaiian name, kamaaina, meaning local).
Kai also is great for its long hours. It’s open seven days a week, 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.