Initially, I wrote this post because it was National Coffee Day, and I had been talking about writing about Maui coffee shops for weeks. I’m grateful to the people at Aloha Rise Coffee for their rebuilding this post for 2021 with new photos and descriptions of over 3 dozen Maui Coffee Shops! You can visit Aloha Rise for fresh roasted 100% Maui Coffee. I will continue to update it as I get more info on (and experience with) the coffee stores on Maui. After having revamped this page, we know many cafes have closed doors or moved, so please feel free to help me update this post through the comment section. (Help me find and describe more coffee shops!)
When you read this post, some of you may be surprised by the number of local coffee shop options you have here on Maui. Keep in mind that what I am listing here are the local businesses. In addition to this, there are also many Starbucks and Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf around Maui. Yes, they are good too. However, if you are on vacation on Maui I suggest you try some of the local coffee shops too. They are really good, and as many Americans will say … they are “awesome” :).
Maui Lovers at Visit Live Love Maui helped me a lot with this post. We had a discussion about Coffee Shops on Maui and they contributed by sharing their knowledge, experience, and photos.
I decided to organize the coffee shops according to towns/regions. You’ll want to know what a good coffee place is close to where you’re staying. So here they are: *please note they are not in any particular order or ranking.
Piko Cafe – Piko Cafe is a small breakfast, lunch, and coffee joint tucked in the corner of the Azeka Center near Longs in Kihei. They serve some of the best local-style breakfasts and plate lunches, and they make a great cup of organic coffee to go along with it.
Cafe @ La Plage – Literally steps from “la plage,” this charming cafe sits just across the street from the sand at Kamaole I. Guest at Cafe @ La Plage can expect to find great coffee from Maui Oma Coffee Roasters, delicious breakfast sandwiches (almost all named after South Maui beaches), and a hearty dose of the aloha spirit.
Crema Maui – Drop by the location of Restaurant Marlow in Pukalani and you’ll find the best chai on Maui. They’re open from 7 am to 1 pm and also offer coffee catering, a unique way to thrill your party-goers. 30 Kupaoa Street, A104.
Lava Java – Lava Java is a family-owned coffee shop that’s been up and running since 2008. Located in Kihei Kalama Village, Lava Java makes a great stop to caffeinate before taking a surf lesson down the street at Cove Park. Lava Java also stocks an assortment of souvenirs and Maui grown coffee, including their famous Kula coffee.
Beach Street – Previously known as the S&Q Kiosk, Beach Street sits on South Kihei Road, on the corner in Rainbow Mall. Their menu features a variety of espresso drinks, breakfast items, shave ice, and tropical fruit smoothies.
Beachwalk – Not only does this sleek cafe on the Wailea Beach Path serve delicious espresso, but you’ll also find snacks, sandwiches, and everything you might need for a beach day (sunscreen, rashguards, sunglasses – you name it). Overlooking Wailea Beach and boasting views of the West Maui Mountains and surrounding islands, this beachy cafe is home to potentially the best view to enjoy a morning coffee.
Akamai – With three locations serving 100% Maui coffee, Akamai has become one of the most popular places among both locals and visitors for a brew. Their first drive-through location has been a hit among locals since its inception, and Akamai’s newer locations in South Maui have been successful as well.
Java Cafe – Formerly known as The Coffee Store, Java Cafe is located in the Kihei Azeka Shopping Center near Longs. This sleek cafe is known for its cold press juices, fresh pastries, and coffee. They also have an ample selection of 100% Maui and Kona coffee available for purchase.
That’s A Wrap – This bright and airy cafe serves unique coffees and healthy colorful dishes infused with aloha. Add a shot of espresso to the red velvet latte, a combination of beetroot, vanilla, and cacao, or opt for the lavender cold brew. Located only steps from the beach at Kam II, That’s A Wrap is a great place to refuel before or after a long beach day. It’s also run by 2 of the coolest people on Maui. We love you Gina!
Kihei Caffe – Best known for their breakfasts, their blended “big Kahuna” for $7 is pretty famous. Bring cash and get ready for very big portions.
Kraken Coffee – Innovation, solid customer service, and dang good coffee are Kraken Coffee’s M.O. Kraken is one of the few coffee trucks on Maui that boast drive-through service, the first on the island to start offering coffee ice cubes in cold drinks. Kraken Coffee has locations in Kihei (behind the Azeka shopping center) and Kahului (across from Costco).
The Market – Located downstairs from Monkeypod in the Wailea Gateway Center, The Market is a bona fide one-stop-shop. In addition to functioning as a coffee shop, The Market acts as a deli, eatery, and literal market. The Market stocks its shelves with locally roasted coffee beans from Origin Coffee Roasters, either for you to brew at home or as a gift for a coffee fan back home.
Honolulu Coffee Company – While Honolulu Coffee Company may not be locally owned, this growing coffee chain was born from humble beginnings – a coffee kiosk in downtown Honolulu – and their beans are grown just across the pond in Kona. You can find their delicious cuppas and various bagged coffees at their shops in the Hyatt Regency and Shops of Wailea.
Maui Coffee Roasters – Voted ‘Maui’s Best Coffee Shop’ time and again by Maui Time Weekly readers, Maui Coffee Roasters in Kahului is the island’s coffee hub. Maui Coffee Roasters roasts all of their beans on-site and serves their own freshly roasted coffee. Stop by for breakfast, lunch, or their “Happy Cappy” hour from 2 pm to close when cappuccinos are on special. Maui Coffee Roasters also sells an abundance of coffee and espresso gadgets, freshly roasted beans, and is a great place to shop for gifts for coffee lovers back home.
Maui Coffee Attic – This cozy mom and pop shop serves all-day breakfast, great coffee, and pastries with a local twist- try the ube scones or lilikoi croissants! Maui Coffee Attic is famous among Maui locals, as well as some of Maui’s best local musicians. Maui Coffee Attic also hosts regular shows in their venue downstairs from the coffee shop.
Wailuku Coffee Company – Family owned and operated, Wailuku Coffee Company’s flagship shop is nestled in the heart of the groovy Wailuku town on Market Street. In 2019, Wailuku Coffee Company expanded to Haiku, with a new shop in the Aloha Aina Center. Consistency is the name of the game at Wailuku Coffee Company- their food and coffee are on point, and the flavor and presentation are the same from visit to visit.
Akamai Coffee Trailer – This is the original Akamai Coffee venue at the far end of the Home Depot parking lot in a small trailer.
The Coffee Store – Located in the quiet neighborhood of Napili, The Coffee Store is Maui’s North-West shore’s answer to coffee. Here you’ll find some of the friendliest baristas on the island, fresh baked goods, and locally grown coffee. The Coffee Store is one of the last stops for coffee before heading towards Kahakuloa.
Belle Surf Cafe – Belle Surf Cafe is a tropical bohemian paradise, nestled in the heart of Lahaina Town. Here you’ll not only find a plethora of organic eats like smoothie bowls and chia cups but some of the most deliciously unique coffee concoctions on Maui as well. The orange cardamom latte is a definite winner- espresso with orange zest, melted honey, cardamom, and textured milk over ice.
Island Vintage Coffee – Island Vintage Coffee has several locations around Hawaii; on Maui, they are located in Whaler’s Village in Ka’anapali. This bustling cafe serves 100% Kona coffee, as well as acai bowls, bagels, and some local style breakfasts. Try the mouthwatering Mauna Kea iced coffee, complete with gelato, caramel, and black Hawaiian sea salt.
Island Press Coffee – Great local coffee and a taste of old Hawaii can be found at Island Press Coffee in Ka’anapali. Island Press Coffee serves coffee that was grown just up the road at the Ka’anapali coffee farm. They also have a collection of local kombucha on tap.
Hawaiian Village Coffee – Some of the island’s best baristas work here. Not only is the coffee delicious, the latte art spectacular, but the customer service is outstanding as well. This could be why the cafe is often so busy, yet the service is undeniably quick. Hawaiian Village Coffee can also ship up to six pounds of locally grown coffee straight to your door.
Cafe Cafe – This quaint coffee shop in Lahaina has been voted Best Coffee Shop on Maui in years past by Maui Time Weekly readers. Tucked down Lahainaluna Road, a small side street off Front Street’s main drag, Cafe Cafe is one of Lahaina’s best-kept secrets and offers a lovely surprise for those who stumble upon it.
Maui Island Coffee – Established in 1992, Maui Island Coffee is the Lahaina go-to for fresh, locally roasted coffee. Maui Island Coffee purchases their beans from small coffee farms around Hawaii then roasts their beans in batches daily to ensure the best quality. You can find Maui Island Coffee in the Wharf Cinema Center across from the Banyan Tree in Lahaina.
Bad Ass Coffee – With two locations on Maui’s west side (Lahaina on Front Street and Honokowai), Bad Ass serves as Maui’s emporium for Hawaii-grown coffee. In addition to international brews, you’ll find their shelves stocked with 100% Kona coffee, as well as coffee grown on Maui, Kauai, and the Ka’u region of the Big Island. Both locations also feature a variety of signature lattes, like the Menehune Mocha, with dark chocolate and raspberry.
NORTH SHORE AND UPCOUNTRY
Grandma’s – Grandma’s Coffee House in Keokea is home to some of the world’s best organic coffee. Grown on Maui, their coffee beans are handpicked, pulped, and naturally sun-dried before being hulled and roasted in house. Their 100+-year-old roaster is even visible through a display window next to the counter. Grandma’s also serves fantastic food- their loco moco is one of the best on the island.
Paia Bay Café – This tropical oasis of a cafe serves a wide variety of coffee drinks, from creative lattes to a simple 100% Maui Mokka Peaberry. Pa’ia Bay Coffee is also home to one of the best breakfasts on the north shore. This coffee joint transforms into a lively bar in the evening, complete with a substantial dinner menu and live music.
Sip Me – Off Baldwin Avenue in Makawao Town, Sip Me is a cute and chic coffee shop serving coffee, juices, and sweet and savory treats. Their loose-leaf teas and their unique rose gold latte are a hit among regulars, and you’ll often find tasty coffee specials. Sip Me stays true to their Maui roots by sourcing local organic ingredients for their juices and smoothies and serves coffee from local roasting company Maui Oma.
Espresso Mafia – Located across the street from Rodeo General Store in a small courtyard, Espresso Mafia is the newest coffee joint to hit Makawao Town. This coffee truck is locally owned and operated by a husband and wife team. With a handful of drink specials, homemade non-dairy “mafia milk,” and expert knowledge of espresso, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better coffee on Maui. Try their honey cream latte with “mafia milk” or their lavender latte.
Better Things – Better Things is the latest cafe to open in Paia, located across the street from the post office on Baldwin Avenue in a whitewashed building. This spacious, aesthetically pleasing cafe is best known for its deconstructed iced latte, served with coffee ice cubes, and vegan takes on not-so-healthy items like pop tarts and donuts. Better Things serves coffee from a local roasting company, Social Hour Coffee Roasters.
Alba’s Cuban Coladas – This tiny coffee truck in the Kulamalu Town Center in Pukalani packs a serious caffeine punch. Alba’s serves authentic Cuban coffee (known for its potency) and traditional Cuban eats like empanadas.
Paia Bowls – This cute outdoor garden cafe serves açaí bowls, juices, smoothies, and great coffee from Maui Oma Coffee Roasters. Try their Beauty Rush “super coffee,” blended with coconut milk, cacao creamer, and pearl powder, which helps to strengthen hair and nails and helps even skin tone. Only steps from Paia Bay, take your bowl and coffee-to-go and enjoy breakfast on the beach.
ANNOUNCEMENT: The Aloha 360 did a Podcast about Coffee Shops on Maui … so make sure you subscribe to them to get notifications.
OK Maui Lovers … like what I said earlier, I will just continue to update it as I get more info on (and experience with) the coffee stores on Maui. Feel free to help me finish this post in the comment section by suggesting write-ups for the coffee shops. And thanks again to Aloha Rise Coffee for all their photos and descriptions. You may be interested in their thorough post about Maui Coffee’s history. Aloha and a hui hou!
Let me know if we’re missing any great spots on Maui to get coffee!
YEAH!!! Many new places to try… I’ve always enjoyed the welcoming folks at Bad Ass coffee on the west side… Did not know that Kihei Café had anything world famous other than their BIG breakfasts!!!! 🙂 I’ll need to check out Maui Coffee Roasters next trip (April).
i had a plan to come to Maui this year but could not make it because of the corona. hopefully next year i will come and thanks for the informative article.
I love Maui and would like to purchase nice coffee cups. Any ideas?
Heading to Maui in February. This is every Coffee lovers dream!
This is the most helpful article ever.
A beautiful selection of coffee shops in Maui, the Bella Surf cafe looks stunning, and an orange cardamom latte sounds like a dream! oh boy, I can’t wait until this pandemic blows over and international travel is functioning again! I need a vacation from this lockdown! Haha, Great post!
We spent most of November 2020 and part of December 2020 in Maui, and found our preference to be the Bad Ass Coffee shop on Front St. in Lahaina. The Kona coffee is a dream, and< for me at least, sets the standard for coffee beans, especially their dark or French roast. The manager Zero and Alika are very helpful and friendly, going out of their way to offer up suggestions and convince us to try the Maui coffee bean coffees as well. The coffee and customer service are second to none, and we took a boatload home w us to the North East coast.
Good Information. Thank You
Maui is an amazing place, I was there in 2017 with my friends. I enjoyed it a lot there also, I tried different- different coffee. Every day I visit a new coffee shop to try something new, and it was an amazing experience.