Thursday, May 15, 2014

Kai Coffee Hawai'i opens at Hyatt Regency Waikiki

Kai Coffee Hawaii's café latte.Sarah Honda photo

Kai Coffee Hawai’i opened its doors this morning at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort & Spa.

Owner Sam Suiter aims to bring the “Total Cafe Experience” to fans of great coffee, including single-origin pour overs made to order.

During the grand opening, Kaeo Skeele demonstrated the art of the pour over, with Maui Yellow Caturra Raisin coffee, made from coffee beans aged on the tree.

Baristas consider the pour over to be the cleanest and purest way to make and appreciate coffee. Infusing the ground coffee for the correct length of time with a low-tech hand pour produces a fuller, fruity taste, often with floral notes.

In keeping with the desire to present minimalist but high-quality fare, the new coffee bar will also feature sandwiches and pastries from downtown Honolulu’s The Baker & Butcher. Among the offerings will be BLT, poached tuna, curried chicken salad, trip tip beef, and veggie sandwiches ($9); a salted caramel brownie “sandwich ($4.50),” chocolate croissants ($4), and fresh-baked cookies ($2.25).

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Kai Coffee Hawai'i owner Samuel Suiter and wife Natalie.

Among dessert selections at Kai Coffee are these salted caramel brownie "sandwiches."

Yummy chocolate chip cookes from downtown Honolulu's The Butcher & Baker.

You might find fruit tartlets such as these raspberry-topped treats.

Coffee and tees available for purchase.

Kai Coffee Hawai’i is in the Pualeilani Atrium Shops on the ground floor of the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort & Spa.

The Baker & Butcher is at 1111 Bishop St., Suite 112. Call 537-4140.
Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her coverage in print on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Contact her via email at and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.

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