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Rated #1 Affordable Breakfast Upcountry
In a nutshell: A rustic country coffee house with home-made baked goods, home-grown & roasted coffee, and hearty breakfast & lunch.
Minuses: Folks looking for the Keokea Starbucks won’t find it here.
Sound-bite: “In a lot of ways, this really was like going to grandma’s house!”
Grandma’s is a small and simple rustic upcountry coffee house sitting at 2,800' elevation in the sleepy town of Keokea. Most will pass here on the way to the Tedeschi Winery or driving the Back Side of Haleakala, but it is also worth a diversion on your way back down from Haleakala sunrise for breakfast.
A family business opened in 1918, there is nothing posh or fancy here, in fact the place looks and feels like it has been here forever - and that is a large part of its charm. Grandma's is much like you would have found it in simpler times, and no one is making any apologies for keeping it that way.
Unassuming and authentic goes much deeper than the building. Grandma’s offers fresh home-grown and in-house roasted organic coffee (roasted in their 100-year-old roaster), home-style food that is as filling as it is absolutely delicious, and an impressive assortment of spectacular baked goods that definitely taste like they’re home-made by Grandma (perhaps because many use great-grandma's recipes.)
A small portion of reviewers across the Net take issue with the rustic part, as if old-time charm were a bad thing. This, my friend, is the part that you need to surgically remove and discard for what it is; advice from folks who would be more impressed sitting in a Keokea Starbucks should not be your guide.
If you're impressed by genuine people, big warm Aloha, and a down-home feel to go along with some tasty (and affordable) food, then Grandma’s is a memorable place to put on your list.
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