Honolulu Coffee Co.

Overall Rating: 7.800

Address: 1450 Ala Moana Blvd., Space #3066
Cross Street(s): In the Ala Moana Shopping Center, Ke'eaumoku St.
City, State ZIP: Honolulu, HI 96814
Neighborhood: Ala Moana
Phone: 808.949.1500
Hours: M-Sa 8:30am-9pm; Su 9am-7pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 8.00
Barista: 8
Savvy: 9
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 7.60
Aroma: 7
Body: 7
Brightness: 8
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Honolulu Coffee Company
Cup Manufacturer: Steelite
Price: $1.75
Last Update: 11/17/2004
First Reviewed: 11/15/2004
Notes: Kiosk; Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales

At the rooftop level of the Ala Moana shopping mall, this location in their chain is also where the green beans arrive and the roasts begin. Being in a mall, it's more modest than their Sheraton Moana Surfrider location. But it still has dark-wood chairs. This location is very popular in the afternoons with Japanese women tourists for some reason. Using a two-group La Marzocco (as with nearby mall kiosk), their baristas make their espresso from their lightly roasted Honolulu Blend (10% Kona) and produce a medium brown crema of very good consistency. Their baristas also produce good microfoam for milk-based drinks. With a cedar, smoky flavor. An espresso worthy of Hawaii's coffee-growing heritage. Some coffee pros are real detractors and detest the coffee at this chain, but for some reason my samplings have been very good.