Aloha Roastery

Aloha Roastery - A Hot Cup of the Islands
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Aloha Roastery has become a staple for locals and visitors of Lihue, Kauai. It is as beloved for its baked goods as it is the specialty coffee. The cold brew and "Cruffins" keep customers coming back for more. 

- The HawaiianIslands.com Local Expert Team

Your morning coffee can make or break your day. Guarantee a good start with a cup of brew and a flaky, buttery pastry from Aloha Roastery. 

You can find Aloha Roastery and arguably the best cup of coffee on the island in Lihue, Kauai. A visit can be one of your first experiences on Kauai, as you’ll likely arrive at the island’s main airport, Lihue Airport. 

Lihue is known as Kauai’s commercial hub and is located on the southeastern side of the island, north of Koloa and south of Wailua. A smooth cup of freshly roasted coffee and a pastry from Aloha Roastery can kickstart a day of adventure, whether you’ll be heading to nearby Kalapaki Beach, Wailua Falls, or across the island. 

Step in the door of Aloha Roastery, and you’ll be hit with the aroma of freshly-roasted coffee beans. That’s because the coffee is roasted on-site in small batches to ensure the absolute best taste and freshness. Next, you’ll be greeted with a smile and offered a look at the simple yet complete menu.

Our first impression of Aloha Roastery is that the focus is on the quality of the coffee and pastries. The decor is bright, modern, and minimalist. The interior is comfortable, and although it won’t blow you away, the flavors offered here will.

Aloha Roastery is as revered for its fresh, hand-crafted pastries as it is for the coffee. The “Cruffins” have become famous throughout Lihue and beyond, but customers can also choose from a variety of sweet scones, muffins, savory biscuits, and more. 

Here are a few of our favorite drinks and eats at Aloha Roastery–

Nutella Cruffin 
The Cruffins come highly recommended at Aloha Roastery and for good reason. This hybrid of a muffin and a croissant is flaky, buttery, fluffy, and filled with Nutella.

Bacon and Cheddar Scone  
Not everyone has a sweet tooth first thing in the morning. The bacon and cheddar scone is crumbly, cheesy, and full of bacon flavor for those who prefer something savory.

Traditional Croissant  
Aloha Roastery is known for thinking outside the box in terms of baked goods, but you can’t go wrong with choosing the traditional croissant. It is so light and flaky you’ll probably want more than one. 

Cold Brew
Hawaii’s humidity may make a hot cup of coffee sound unappealing to some. Have no fear — the cold brew at Aloha Roastery is better than any others we’ve tasted on the island of Kauai. 

Pour Over  
The pour-over made from freshly roasted coffee beans offers a full-bodied flavor for traditional coffee lovers just looking for that perfect cup of joe. 

Cold Brew Float  
The cold brew float made with homemade ice cream is a special treat on a hot day on Kauai. It is rich, creamy, and offers a perfect dose of a pick-me-up. 

Macadamia Nut Cappuccino
Order your cappuccino, or any other coffee drink for that matter, made with macadamia nut milk for a unique, nutty, and downright delicious flavor that can’t be found at every coffee shop. 

The service, coffee, and made-from-scratch pastries at Aloha Roastery can completely transform your morning, even if you woke up on the wrong side of the bed. 

Insider Tips:
-Arrive early if you’re in the mood for pastries, because they usually sell out by noon.
-Be aware that there is no bathroom on-site, but one is available in the adjoining strip mall.