The Best Coffee On Maui By Area
The 'magic bean', as one of my former chiropractors used to lovingly refer to coffee, is a ubiquitous part of many of our daily lives. And for those of us that live on Maui and for the millions that visit every year, knowing where to find the good stuff is all part of being a connoisseur.
Sure, Maui has many Starbucks locations conveniently located around the island and I'm not above the occasional Nitro Cold Brew from the coffee giant. But, Maui is blessed with so many great locally-owned coffee spots that it's almost a crime not to check them out. I've narrowed down several of my personal favorite local coffee shops to drop into when I'm in these different parts of the island and the next time you're in the area, you should too!
The Best Coffee Shops of West Maui
Bad Ass Coffee
Situated in Lahaina, Bad Ass Coffee has been offering a range of hot, cold, and blended coffee beverages to its customers since 1989. Located right on Front Street close to Lahaina Harbor, all of the beverages are made with the finest Hawaiian coffee beans. Some of its signature lattes include Coconut Mocha, Caramel Vanilla, Monkey Mocha, and more.
If you want to enjoy Bad Ass Coffee at home, you can pick up your favorite varieties in the shop or through the website. You can also read my blog on the best restaurants in Lahaina.
Island Vintage Coffee
Island Vintage Coffee has been a popular spot in West Maui since 1996. It boasts a chic yet distinctly Hawaiian vibe while serving the Ka'anapali area in the Shops at Keka'a and specializes in serving Kona coffee that is perfectly roasted each day.
When you stop by Island Vintage Coffee, you can also enjoy shaved ice, wine, pastries, salads, and other options.
The Coffee Store in Napili
The Coffee Store in Napili offers a quaint, inviting café experience in the Napili Plaza and specializes in both espresso and Kona coffee beverages. Some of its most popular coffee options are Kahlua and Cream, Mainline Mocha, and Dulce de Leche.
Smoothies, pastries, sandwiches, and other notable options are also on the menu at The Coffee Store in Napili for you to enjoy. If you're going to be in the area, check out the best restaurants in Kapalua.
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Akamai Coffee has locations in Kihei and Wailea, and it sells coffee and beans in its shop and online. The Wailea location sits just below the Wailea Ekolu condo complex. With a venue that is both industrial and island-inspired, Akamai Coffee creates an idyllic coffee shop experience.
Look for its specialties like Maui Mokka, Akamai Signature Roast, Makawao Avenue, Peppermint Mocha, Thea Perouse Latte, and more. Akamai is known for not having a Wi-Fi connection for its clients in order to inspire a more social and conversational atmosphere. Check out the best 5 restaurants in Wailea.
Kraken Coffee offers its full menu from a food truck located just off of South Kihei Road. It is well-known for its energetic, lively baristas, easy drive-thru convenience, and its great mix of drinks. Some of its more popular options are the Kihei Kicker, the Dirty Kraken Chai, the Mocha Frappe, and the Mocha Wao.
Picnic tables are available nearby for you to enjoy an open-air experience. Kihei has many great restaurants, you can read my guide here.
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Central Maui's Best Coffee Shops
Maui Coffee Roasters
Maui Coffee Roasters has been a mainstay in the heart of the island since 1982. The Kahului café is decorated with fun artwork and painted tables, which creates an inviting place to enjoy coffee beverages and other treats. Drinks include the Sledge Hammer, the Espresso Ristretto, the Honey Latte, and more.
Maui Coffee Roasters also serves egg wraps, sandwiches, salads, and other menu options for breakfast and lunch. It also happens to be located next to one of our Coldwell Banker offices which makes it very hard not to go back for seconds.
Wailuku Coffee Company
Wailuku Coffee Company is uniquely located in an old-fashioned gas station along Market Street in downtown Wailuku, which brings a touch of nostalgia to your experience. Try popular coffee beverages like Coconut Buttered Coffee, Café Au Lait, Carmilla Latte, and others during your visit.
There are also breakfast and lunch menu options like the Breakfast Wrap and the Turkey Cranberry Wrap that you can enjoy with your beverage.
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Paia Bay Coffee
Paia Bay Coffee serves exceptional coffee beverages as well as beer, wine, and delicious meals in a relaxed, garden-style café. Coffee drinks include Iced Lavender Latte, Iced Vegan Coconut Caramel Latte, and others.
Banana pastries, Breakfast Quesadillas and Avocado Toast are a few of the dishes on the food menu at Paia Bay Coffee.
Better Things is a boutique coffee shop that focuses on providing patrons with healthy food options and high-quality coffee.
It offers an impressive selection of coffee beverages, including lattes, mochas, cappuccinos, cold brews, and more. Cinnamon rolls, banana bread, and Banana Power Waffles are some of the options included on the food menu.
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Grandma’s Coffee House
Grandma’s Coffee House is a charming café with a laid-back atmosphere in Ulupalakua past Kula. It's one of Maui's most venerable coffee shops that radiates the charm of Old Hawaii. You can enjoy your beverage inside the classic café or on a patio while you take in tropical views.
The venue offers traditional coffee and tea beverages, including mochas, lattes, chai lattes, and more. It also has a robust sandwich menu with options like Egg Salad Sandwich, Vegan Burger, I’m Hungry, and others.
Espresso Mafia was a modern yet rustic food truck located in the heart of Makawao. They have recently taken over the location where Sip Me was on Baldwin Ave in Makawao Town. This family-owned coffee shop specializes in beverages like Italian Espresso, Coconut Cold Brew, Matcha Latte, and others. You can also enjoy options from the food menu, including the Caprese Sandwich, donuts, and banana bread. Picnic tables are available on-site, or you can grab your food and drink to go.
Crema at Marlow
Crema at Marlow is a modern coffeehouse with an upscale yet relaxed vibe. It offers both indoor and outdoor dining areas in a convenient location in Pukalani. Crema at Marlow brews a variety of specialty drinks, including Honey Lavender Latte, Crème de la Crema, Cold Brew, and others.
Pastries and sweet treats are also available for you to enjoy with your beverage. In the evening, the space is also one of Maui’s very best pizza restaurants with a variety of specialty items. Located next to the Mahalo Aleworks brewery, its become the new hot spot of Pukalani.
Coffee Shops in Hana
Hana Harvest offers a beautiful setting for you to enjoy coffee on Maui. The venue has a farm-like feel with umbrella-covered tables on a lovely deck. From its perch in the hills, Hana Harvest delivers lovely views of the ocean. This restaurant offers espresso shots, Americano coffee, lattes, mochas, and more. In addition, its menu includes fruit smoothies, wood-fired pizzas, ice cream, sandwiches, and other types of cafe fare.
Jaws Country Store
Jaws Country Store has a surfer shop vibe with both indoor and outdoor dining areas. Surrounded by a lush, tropical landscape, the venue is known for its dishes made with fresh, organic ingredients. Jaws Country Store specializes in select coffee drinks, including lattes, cappuccinos, and Americano coffee.
Both breakfast and lunch dishes are available as well. Some of these are Feta Avocado Toast, Bondiola Port Sandwich, Smoked Salmon Sandwich, and other items.
It Feels Good To Support Local Businesses
I love supporting local businesses and I hope you do too. These coffee shops are local businesses that help make up the backbone of our community here on Maui, so when you're enjoying their delicious coffee and treats it tastes just a little better knowing that you're supporting the local community. If you'd ever like to meet up to discuss the market over coffee, shoot me a message below and I'm happy to make it happen.
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