*how we rate restaurants
Rated #1 Coffee Shop in Central Maui
In a nutshell: Reasonably priced fresh-roasted local coffee – and tasty food to go with it.
Minuses: One location, outside the resort areas.
Sound-bite: [the frothing sound of steaming cappuccino milk]
Maui Coffee Roasters has two things you'll rarely find side-by-side in Maui: Reasonably priced, and top-notch quality. Located in the center of Kahului, seriously consider skipping over the many Starbucks locations for something more authentically Maui. Just off of Dairy Road on Hana Highway, while it isn't located in the resort areas, the location is actually hidden in plain sight en route to many popular places, including the Kahului airport, Haleakala, the Road to Hana and Iao Valley.
Maui Coffee Roasters is our pick for #1 in Central Maui. The staff is friendly, and they're focused on helping you choose from a diverse choice of Hawaiian coffee selections - and they'll even grind a batch just right for your tiny hotel coffee maker if you ask. They have coffees from all around the world, but save the familiar Moka Java for the Seattle trip, and go with Hawaiian coffee when you're here. You'll have the option to sample the international coffees in every coffee house in every city, but you'll rarely have the opportunity to sample many of these local coffees elsewhere. (You can thank me later by sending me a gift box of your favorite Hawaiian beans!)
About the size of a Starbucks, even though Maui Coffee Roasters finds themselves on the "Best Of Maui" list year after year, this is actually still the only Maui Coffee Roasters location.
Besides coffee, MCR also has breakfast, wraps, salads and sandwiches that are surprisingly superior to your typical coffee shop fare. Maui Coffee Roasters also offers coffee and gifts to carry on the plane or ship. And they've got coffee packaged as gifts starting at five bucks. So, with that said, let me tell you a little bonus hint that has saved my okole more than once: if you buy Hawaiian coffee as gifts for your friends and coworkers, and then you totally space on your boss or mother-in-law, with a few clicks on the MCR website your can have a selection of coffee coming their way via second-day air. Combine that tip with a little white lie like "they had to roast a batch just for you and so I arranged to have them ship it" and you're golden! (Sheez...I really hope a certain someone doesn't read this!)
Wireless Internet, ambiance and book reading are a few other reasons folks come to a coffee shop, and they've done all of these right as well. Besides the obligitory wireless Internet, the place is decked out in colorful art and has abundant natural lighting. Honestly, the only thing wrong with the place is it is in a strip mall in Kahului - I tried to stuff the suggestion box with "Dude, set up on the beach in a in a tiki-bar motif" notes, but they're still hidden in plain sight behind a regular-old Kahului storefront.
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