While not as famous as the Kona coffees on the Big Island of Hawai‘i, the Blue Mountain and Peaberry coffee produced on Kaua‘i are some of the most sought after in the world. In fact, the largest coffee farm in the United States is found right here in southwestern Kaua‘i, on the sprawling acres of the lush estate known as the Kaua‘i Coffee Company. Stop by for a tour, a fresh cup of coffee, and a warm helping of aloha during your stay to see why Kaua‘i coffee is one of the world’s favorite brews.
Perched on the slopes below Waimea Canyon, the elegant lines of coffee trees at the Kaua‘i Coffee Company stretch over rolling hills all the way down to the sea. More than 4 million individual trees are beautifully maintained across 3,100 acres. Visitors can relax on a historic plantation house porch and enjoy some of the freshest coffee around, soaking up the sun and enjoying tasters of all of the locally grown, hand-roasted beans that the estate has to offer. Choose from the velvety finish and fruity flavors of Kaua‘i Blue Mountain, the chocolate notes in the dark roasted Peaberry, or various flavored coffees like Coconut Caramel, Chocolate Macadamia Nut, and Banana Nut Cream. After enjoying a cup – or three – check out the coffee-themed gifts and souvenirs in the gift shops.
Coffee aficionados will love the guided “Bean on the Brain” tours of the plantation ($20, 8:30am). Your friendly guide will show you the ins and outs of a working coffee farm, from berry to bean to brew. Self-guided tours (free) are also available and are an excellent way to enjoy the scenic grounds, the historic plantation (it got its start as a sugar plantation in the 19th century), and the coffee roasting process. Be sure to join the passionate coffee roasters for their live demonstration every weekday at 9:30am so you can learn about what it takes to transform this magical bean into everyone’s favorite magical potion.
The Kaua‘i Coffee Company visitor center is one of the few places on Earth where you can taste every variety of Hawaiian coffee. Everything served here is local and fresh, and every bean was grown right here on the estate. An excellent place for a quick cup of coffee or a morning tour, we highly recommend stopping by when your travels take you to Poipu or Waimea.