Honolulu Coffee Co.

Overall Rating: 8.100

Address: 2365 Kalakaua Ave.
Cross Street(s): At the Sheraton Moana Surfrider Hotel, Ka'iulani Ave.
City, State ZIP: Honolulu, HI 96815
Neighborhood: Waikiki
Phone: 808.553.1500x4
Hours: Su-Sa 6am-10pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 8.50
Barista: 8
Savvy: 9
Ambiance: 9
Presentation: 8
Consistency: Very consistent
Espresso Machine: Espressonistic Works B.V.
Coffee Rating: 7.70
Aroma: 7
Body: 7
Brightness: 8
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 0.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Honolulu Coffee Company
Cup Manufacturer: Steelite
Price: $1.75
Last Update: 11/18/2004
First Reviewed: 11/14/2004
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales

High-end coffee that the state of Hawaii deserves over the Starbucks imports. As part of the historic Sheraton Moana Surfrider, this cafe has a genteel plantation feel with high-quality dark wood and marble, large and airy windows for people-watching down on the strip, and white paint everywhere. Good pastries and excellent desserts, but espresso is their main attraction. They make espresso with their more lightly-roasted Honolulu Blend (10% Kona). Much of their coffee originates from Greenwell Farms on the Big Island, and they roast it at their Ala Moana location at least twice weekly -- so the coffee is fresh. Their baristas grind to order and take their deliberate time to pour an espresso properly ... though they do often pour from a shotglass into their Steelite International cups. They also produce milk microfoam with great consistency -- albeit without latte art. Using a three-group Mistral Triplette, they produce espresso with a medium-brown crema of a very fine, richer structure. With a flavor of cedar and some smokiness. A double espresso costs $2.30. Some coffee pros are real detractors and detest the coffee at this chain, but for some reason my samplings have been very good.