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“A nice place to grab a bite and relax.”

Coffees of Hawaii Plantation Store
Ranked #3 of 5 things to do in Kualapuu
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Reviewed 4 May 2014

We visited Molokai for a day trip, and stopped in here for breakfast. The coffee was good and the food also. You can actually get a good amount of food for a reasonable price. We stopped in the Blue Monkey store that is there, which has nice stuff, including coffee to take home. A nice stop to start your day on Molokai.

Thank Strykk92
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Reviewed 28 July 2013

I have been buying coffee from here for years, and finally got to visit, both the plantation and the espresso bar. Actually the "store" might be the 'gift shop' which features local photography by Zack - awesome images, much appreciated as a fellow photographer - as well as local artisan products, jewelry, large bags and gift bags of (quite literally) fresh-roasted coffees of various varieties and blends, grown a short walk away. They sell amateur and professional hand-made ukeleles, traditional clothing, post cards, and all sorts of things. Tour buses pass through regularly, such as tours go on this small island with a tiny airport and ZERO traffic lights.

The gift shop is a few steps from the Espresso Bar, a mostly family-run snack and coffee bar, which has outdoor seating where one regularly finds locals, early morning stops by the local police, and regulars coming by for their daily fix of "Mocha Mamas" - coffee, chocolate syrup, whipped cream and other options, this being their 'signature' cold drink. They have daily food specials and a regular mix of pretzels, unlike any I've seen before. Soft, piping hot, and covered in flavorful fruit or salt or other toppings. They have breakfasts on croissants (eggs/bacon) plus a popular acai bowl (acai, coconut, fresh-picked banana, honey, slivered nut, and probably something I'm forgetting). They're closed (as is the gift shop - and the whole town, really) on Sunday, but open 7-4 the other 6 days.

Various legends of the island stop by, like the muleskinner Buzzy who worked on the trail to the Peninsula, breaking and training mules to descend the almost vertical trail down 26 switches. He's an ex-rodeo star and legendary mule trainer who worked with the Park Service to make the ride down possible, and assisted in movies (like "Molokoi") and all sorts of services to the colony below (the colony, known as 'leper colony' but today more correctly/respectfully, Hansen's Disease). Coffees of Hawai'i is just down the road from the start point of the mule ride, and a great place to stop for early-morning coffee on the way (as I did).

I could go on but that's about the short of it. It's a social hub and coffee spot (hot and cold) plus great lunchtime or breakfast light meal to go with fresh roasted and brewed coffee, or Mocha Mama. It can get busy (for Molokai) in spurts, but the staff work hard getting all the drinks and pretzels - and Aloha - to visitors. A visit to Molokai really needs to include a stop here. Besides the gifts and drinks and food which are all part of the 'Plantation Store', there are photographs on the wood wall between the espresso bar and gift store, with stories about the plantation history as well as the history of coffee in Hawai'i and Molokai, and a step by step photo tour of the process of growing and harvesting and finishing the beans. Once I'm home (still traveling) I'll post some images.

PS - I agree with all the reviews. Just an update, maybe, that there's no live music sessions now, though there is music on the speakers and in the air. The Friday Night elders of Hawai'i (Kapuna) music sessions are now at Hotel Molokai, and Paddlers is now hosting the Sunday music (and Friday night billiards and dance).

3  Thank drmikenyc
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Reviewed 28 July 2012

I am a big coffee fan so naturally this a must do if you love coffee as much as me! My family and I enjoyed some nice cool blended mochas on the modest deck. There is a little pastry shop and nearby is tiny gift shop. We toured around in this classic green painted wooden large plantation and you can still see the equipment of back in the day and it is great for photo ops as well as great coffee and treats!

Thank intheraw
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Reviewed 8 March 2012

Mele Hula and Story. The Lanai is where you can here real Hawaiian music, watch or participate in Hula and talk with the locals about your visit to Moloka'i.
tuesday jam session at 10:30 every week is my favorite. Also, there is a scheduled show every Sunday at 3pm. Many other activities. Great coffee shop too.

Thank Born2travel2
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Reviewed 10 November 2011

The variety of coffees were good. The gift shop had a good selection of local items. Best part of the visit was the incredible entertainment. Typical Hawaiian hospitality.

Thank Lehua S
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