As a self-professed coffee snob, Java Kai certainly tickles my fancy. They roast almost daily, in small batches, on site. Since they have bean from several origins and some blends, there’s something to satisfy anyone. Good news, if you find one that you really like, you can buy some to take back home with you. Also, they have a lot of great logo-ed merchandise for sale.
Perfectly situation in the heart of Kapa’a, on the east side of Kauai, Java Kai serves up some serious Aloha. Whether you’re staying nearby, driving to the north shore, or taking a break from riding the Kapaa Bike Path, Java Kai has something for everyone.
I come for the coffee and stay for the pastries. Their to-die for Brownie, the Lilikoi Lemon bar or the Aloha bar (check out our recipe), all solid choices. Also, they have a great selection of bowls, breakfast, lunch and smoothie options too. The line is usually fairly long, which can be intimidating. Fear not! The line moves pretty quickly or if you plan ahead, you can order online, and skip the line entirely. Alternately, if you are only stopping in for a coffee and a light snack, you can hit Kai Bar which is at the back of the building. It also happens to be where they roast their coffee.
Seating inside can be limited and a bit crowded during the busy times. Out front, there is ample additional seats. This is perfect because it allows you to take in the vibe of Kapa’a Town. And, of course some curious chickens.
Whenever we go riding the Kapaa Bike Path, we stop in for a quick treat. Pairing sweets with a bike ride helps reduce the guilt. It is only a block off the pathway plus you don’t have to cross the highway. So, it’s safe and easy for riders of all ages. You can lock your bikes up by the back entrance, right beside Kai Bar and Kauai Juice.
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