Kona Coffee & Tea

Try Locally Sourced, Farm Fresh Drinks at Kona Coffee & Tea Cafe
Local Expert's Rating:
4.5 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Visit the Kona Coffee and Tea Cafe in Kailua-Kona on Palani Road for the freshest coffee and most flavorful tea in the area. Try these or their mixed drinks and the deli offerings for breakfast or lunch, with choices that vary based on what is available locally. 

- The HawaiianIslands.com Local Expert Team

Kona Coffee & Tea Cafe serves coffee locally grown on their single-estate farm located on the slopes of Hualalai, in Kona Hawaii. You can visit the Kona Coffee & Tea Cafe on Kailua-Kona, in the Kona Coast Shopping Center. The charming cafe is currently open for limited seating and takeout with the operating hours of 6 am through 4 pm. Happy Hour takes place daily from 3:00 pm to 4:00. 

The journey that started Kona Coffee & Tea began with a single coffee crop, planted in the rich volcanic soil of Hualalai, sprouting thanks to the regular rainfall, afternoon clouds, and sunny mornings. Noted as the crown of the “Kona Coffee Belt,” the Kona Farm provides ideal growing conditions for a variety of coffees including the Arabic Typica variety that demands an elevation of 2,000 feet to grow. The single-estate term that defines the Kona Farm means that each coffee bean originates on the farm. 

Three years after the planting process, a beautiful, white flower emerges between January and May. These delicate blooms are known as “Kona snow.” With time, the snow vanishes, and a bright green cherry develops, which houses the precious coffee bean. Summer ripens this green cherry to rich red color, then the fruits are picked by hand. 

The next step of the process that brings the coffee bean from the Kona Farm to the Kona Coffee & Tea Cafe takes place ten minutes down the road from the farm at the mill. The ripe cherry is hulled, polished, cleaned, and graded in the company’s wet and dry mill. The milled and dried coffee beans are then roasted in small batches, which is a process that expertly transforms different grades of beans into the Kona coffee served at the cafe. 

Consequently, because of the entire farming and production process being under one company, The Kona Coffee & Tea Cafe is one of the few cafes that can honestly say, “from their farm to your cup.” The Kona Coffee & Tea Cafe is family-owned and operated by the Bolton family. What began as a farm of mere 20 acres, today spans over 200 acres. 

The menu at Kona Coffee & Tea Cafe includes the following specialty offerings…

All coffee options are produced at Kona Farm. Options include the Kona Bullet, the Latte, Mocha, Pour Over, in light, medium, dark roast or peaberry, or decaf, Flavored Latte, Flat White, Drip Coffee of 100% Kona medium or dark roast, Kona Espresso SHot, Cappuccino, Cold Brew, Ameri-Kona, or the Cortado. 

The Kona Cafe specializes in offering the best Hawaiian teas, like the traditional Hawaiian Mamaki tea. Other tea options include Coffee Cherry Tea, Iced Tea, Matcha Latte, Mamaki Mint, Kona Vog, Chai Tea Latte, Bagged TEa, Kombucha, and more. 

Blended Drinks:
In addition to the coffee and tea options which are the specialty, you can also try blended drinks at Kona Coffee & Tea Cafe. Options include Espresso Shake, which is vanilla ice cream blended with two shots of espresso. The Mauna Ka Freeze, which is 100% Kona coffee blended with hazelnut, caramel, or mocha is another option. A Fruit Smoothie of either tropical or triple berry is yet another refreshing option. 

To pair well with the delicious teas and flavorful coffees, Kona Cafe also offers a variety of deli options. All deli choices are sourced with the freshest local ingredients. Items rotate based on what’s available in each season. 

Beer & Wine:
There are also several drink options at the Cafe, including Ola Brew Cider, Ola Brew Co. Sparkling Seltzers, Beer, and Wine, which you can choose to purchase either by glass or bottle. 

Insider Tips:
-Coffee and tea from Kona Coffee & Tea can be purchased online or in-store. 
-The Cafe shop also has gift sets of coffee and honey, delicious treats, as well as homemade gift soaps, t-shirts, travel bottles, hats, tumblers, and more for purchase. 
-Alcoholic drinks cannot be taken to-go, but are only available on the property when you dine in.
-Drinks are 15% off during Happy Hour, which is from 3:00 to 4:00 pm daily.