Java Kai Bar Coffee Roasters

Java Kai Bar Coffee Roasters: Artsy Kauai Breakfast Spot with a Wide Variety of Vegan Options
Local Expert's Rating:
4.5 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Java Kai is an excellent breakfast or lunch restaurant if you're not in a hurry. The coffee is roasted on-site and the food menu has something for everyone, including vegans. Since they often have a line out the door, you should allow extra time to wait. You can easily take out your order, then go to the beach for a spectacular view.

- The Local Expert Team

If you love freshly roasted coffee and drinking it near the beach, you will love Java Kai Bar Coffee Roasters. Located in Kauai, you can find Java Kai Bar Coffee Roasters near the northern shore on Ala Namahana Parkway near Kilauea Fish Market, not too far away from Kauapea Beach. This artsy coffee shop is extremely popular, and its slogan is “Drink coffee or die,” highlighting its passion for the perfect coffee blend. You may find that you need to stand in line and wait to order, but the wait is totally worth it.

With several freshly roasted coffees to choose from, coffee addicts will enjoy one of several smooth blends that are roasted on-site by Master Roaster, TJ. Coffee is his passion and is hand-roasted in small batches on a Diedrich Roaster, hand-built for Java Kai Bar Coffee Roasters in Sandpoint, Idaho. The result is artisan coffee flavors fresh from the roaster to your cup.

If hot coffee’s not your breakfast drink of choice, don’t worry, Java Kai Bar Coffee Roasters also has a list of smoothies and blended coffee drinks to tempt your tastebuds and give you energy for the day. Smoothies range from tropical fruit flavors to Little Monkey, a decadent drink made with Ghirardelli chocolate, peanut butter, banana, and milk. They also serve tea, juices, and blended coffee drinks.

The breakfast menu at Java Kai Bar Coffee Roasters has several egg sandwiches, including the Surfer Girl Sandwich with spinach, onion cheddar cheese, pesto aioli, bacon, and tomato, on a bagel. Java Kai also serves Avocado Toast, a Bagel and Lox Plate, burritos, breakfast bowls, and waffles.

Breakfast isn’t the only meal they specialize in. Java Kai has a delicious selection of comfort food, including the 3 Cheese Grilled Cheese sandwiches. This hot sandwich is made with Havarti, muenster, and cheddar cheeses served with homemade pesto on sourdough bread. You will find more sandwiches, salads, and tasty wraps available on the lunch menu.

Favorite Recommended Coffee Drinks at Java Kai Bar Coffee Roasters:

Maui Mocha
This mocha is a favorite made with chocolate and coconut syrup.

Thai Coffee
Espresso and steamed milk like a latte, but sweeter with sweetened condensed milk.

Shark Bite
This drink has extra espresso added with whipped cream and a raspberry drizzle.

These drinks can be made hot or iced, whichever you are in the mood for. Java Kai Bar Coffee Roasters is a good place for a leisurely breakfast where you can sit either inside or outside to eat or take your meal to go to get a better view of the beach. Remember to come back after you spend time at the beach for a cool smoothie for a pick-me-up.

Insider Tips:
-You can order online to save time waiting in line to order. The line to order can be out the door and partially down the street.
-Pastries are made fresh daily, but they aren’t listed on the menu at Java Kai Bar Coffee Roasters. You can select from the pastries when you see the day’s offerings.