The Kona Coast of the Big Island of Hawai‘i is world-renowned for its special variety of coffee, one of the rarest in the world (it comprises only 1% of the global crop). The sunny mornings, mild climate, and mineral-rich volcanic soil all combine to make ideal growing conditions for this smooth, aromatic, and flavorful beans. A visit to the coffee farms on the slopes of the Kona Coast volcanoes is always worthwhile, but if you prefer to meet your coffee beans in the café, don’t miss these excellent coffee shops in Kona town proper.
Best Kona Coffee: Kaya’s
With a friendly, hippy-vibe and relaxed atmosphere, this café is famous for its smooth and refreshing iced coffee. Loaded with coffee ice cubes, their brew is organic and poured to perfection. Like all Kona coffee is not acidic, never bitter, and always hits the spot. Grab one of their wide range of organic, gluten-free, and vegan-friendly snack options and see why this is the spot locals recommend for seriously good coffee.
Kona Coffee & Tea
The journey of a Kona Coffee & Tea coffee bean starts as a seed. Once planted in the rich volcanic soil of Hualalai, this sprout is nurtured by the sunny mornings, afternoon clouds, and regular rainfall. Located in the crown of the “Kona Coffee Belt”, our farm provides ideal growing conditions for the Arabica Typica coffee varietal, at 2,000 ft. above the sandy beaches of Kona. Our coffee is “single-estate”, which means it comes only from our farm where we can trace the origin of every bean.
Kope Lani Coffee and Ice Cream
Located in historic downtown Kona, this local confectioner (kope is the Hawaiian word for coffee) serves up not only local coffee brews but homemade Hawaiian ice creams as well. Try one of their Kona coffee beverages and pair it with one of their 26 authentic Hawaiian flavors like coconut, taro, and of course, coffee. Purchase coffee by the pound to take home with you as a delicious souvenir, and make sure you take an extra coffee to go.
Located just south of Kona in Captain Cook, this slightly decrepit-looking shack is a popular spot for the fresh local coffee and delicious breakfasts like Eggs Benedict, Loco Mocos, and more. The coffee is the main draw of course, though the stunning ocean views and complimentary island breezes are the perfect accessories to a steaming hot drip coffee, refreshing iced cold brew, or one of their handmade coffee specialty beverages.