These cafes provide a pathway to the taste of kauai through coffee and food alike. Check out my Instagram @wildrootdoula for photo-bios of these places, soon to be featured in a mini-documentary on Kauai Terroir!

Name of Cafe Address Resourceful People Terroir Must Try:
Small Town Coffee Red Bus in the Kojima’s Parking Lot.

4-1543 Kuhio Hwy Kapaa, HI 96746

Anni Caporuscio


A favorite spot for locals, Small Town Coffee offers a charming outdoor atmosphere and island roasted coffee. Their unique homemade syrups reflect Kauai terroir and their baked goods pair beautifully with any drink you find yourself enjoying! This women-run and owned coffee bus brews IMUA coffee and their baristas know what they’re doing!


Bus-Made Coconut Milk, Espresso Soda, Their unique syrup flavors- Vanilla Cardamom is my favorite
Java Kai Bright Teal Building in Old Kapaa Town.

4-1384 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaa, HI 96746

Sean (Owner)

Hannah- Olympian and Barista

TJ- Roaster

Java Kai (Coffee by the Sea) is a bright and lively spot in the heart of Old Kapaa Town. Here, every brew is hand-roasted and most beans are sourced from the Hawaiian Islands, giving your taste buds an opportunity to sample each islands’ unique terroir. The lines get long for a reason, but if you stop by in the afternoon you’ll find tasteful music and a relaxed atmosphere.


Vanilla Anu, Mac Nut Latte
Kai Bar Behind the Main Java Kai Building.


same as above Skip the crowds at Java Kai and head on back to the Kai Bar for your morning coffee needs! Right next to Kauai Juice Co, Kai Bar offers the same tasty drinks as Java Kai in a setting reminiscent of a quaint Seattle coffee spot.


Nitro Brew
IMUA Coffee Tucked behind Trees Lounge near Wailua

440 Aleka Pl #7, Kapaa, HI 96746



IMUA is probably the most Kauai-true coffee experience you’ll find on island. Their professionally roasted beans and attention to detail within the brewing process make for full flavor profiles and a quality taste experience!


Any of their single-origin roasts, or try all of them to test your tastebuds!
Cafe Hemingway Charming old building by the canal North Kapaa

4-1495 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaa, HI 96746

Jana and Markus Boemer


For a well-rounded taste experience, stop by Cafe Hemingway. The building and menu are rich with character and management strives for farm-to-table ingredients grown on island. The coffee is consistently well brewed and prepared.


Cappucino Doppio
Kalalea Juice Hale Tangerine building off the highway near Anahola

4390 Pu U Hale Loop, Anahola, HI 96703

Carla Contrades-Barrett


A bit out of town, but well worth the drive, Kalalea Juice Hale offers a variety of fresh fruit smoothies and coffee drinks alike. Holding true to its namesake, the hale provides a spectacular view of Kalalea, a mountain that looks like a pregnant woman laying on her back.


 Get any kind of coffee drink with their amazing coconut milk!