Coffees of Hawaii is the place for a caffeine pit stop on Moloka‘i. The barista who serves up the Caramel Delite or the clerk who sells you a bag of Kini Kini beans will tell you the story of coffee from berry to mug. Out back, you’ll see rows of arrow-strait Arabica coffee trees. They thrive in the rich red dirt of Moloka‘i’s central plateau.
You’ll get to taste the different coffee varieties, and, if you like, purchase some beans in different shades of brown, depending on the degree of roasting.
No one the leaves the green board building without a Mocha Mama, the best iced coffee drink on earth. At lunch you’ll find grilled salmon or Mexican chicken sandwiches. In winter, Portuguese bean soup hits the spot. Or come early enough for a ham and cheese croissant or Belgian waffle for breakfast.
Coffees of Hawaii makes a good stop after the Moloka‘i mule ride down to Kalaupapa since it’s near the trail head. One day a week the local kapuna or elders play ukuleles and sing Hawaiian songs. Maybe Tuesday, maybe Saturday. There may be a hula or two or three.