As Honolulu Coffee Experience Center opens Hawaii's media follows our exciting journey, we invite you to view the buzz at the gateway to Waikiki.
Party pics: Honolulu Coffee Experience Center grand opening by Melissa Chang for Frolic Hawaii:
The Honolulu Coffee Experience Center opens in Waikiki: Slideshow by Pacific Business News:
7 Things You Can Experience at Honolulu Coffee's New Café by Honolulu Magazine:
The new world of the Honolulu Coffee Experience Center happily announces our Grand Opening date as October 1st, 2015. Join us and learn the farm to cup story that has made our quality the catalyst in our local and international growth. Every aspect of production will be yours to take in as you enjoy one of our award winning beverages and/or sweet and savory treats.
Our expansive piazza style alfresco dining area
Come in a smell the unique aromas of coffee as we roast 7 days a week
Stimulate your visual senses as our baking experts produce our daily line of pastries
Our new Honolulu Coffee Experience Center is at the gateway to the most famous beach community in the world, Waikiki. It’s located on Kalakaua Avenue at Kapiolani Boulevard, just a stone’s throw from numerous hotels and amazing beach destinations.
You can ride the main bus routes including 2, 2L, 3, 4, 9, which is easy going west and east bound on Kapiolani Boulevard. Directly across Kalakaua houses the Hawaii State Convention Center which holds numerous events.
The world's largest outdoor mall, Ala Moana where we currently have 2 cafe locations in amongst 290 retail stores, and over 70 eateries, is in walking distance.
We look forward to all joining us at Honolulu Coffees new flagship opening mid-September.
View of Kapiolani Boulevard and Kalakaua Avenue.
It's exciting to be featured in one of most famous daily coffee news Sprudge.com
It’s Aloha Friday here on Sprudge, and that means no work til Monday. It also means we da kine to take a look at the latest location from Honolulu Coffee Company, purveyors of fine Hawaiian-grown specialty coffee. This new shop is to be the brand’s flagship, and will be home to a cafe, bakery, roastworks and QC lab. So whether you’re in Honolulu as a haole for a little mele kalikimaka come Christmastime, or you’re lucky enough to be a local stuck in paradise traffic, ... more
Where were you born/raised?
I was Born in Barranquilla Colombia and my family immigrated to Naples Florida when I was 4 years old, where I spent my childhood.
What did you study?
I have a MBA from Florida Gulf Coast University and a Bachelors Degree in International Finance and Marketing from The University of Miami. Go Canes.
Your passion in coffee, how it started?
Being born in Colombia, to Colombian parents, I would say that coffee is in my blood. I don’t think I can recall a morning when my parents didn’t have three to four cups of coffee, and I won’t lie: at a younger age I was not really a big fan. My mother and sister would always drink Café con Leche, and I would stick to the good, old orange juice.
I first really fell in love with coffee when I first learned to cup and evaluate it. As a college student, I drank coffee for the same reasons everyone else did: to stay awake and study. But during the summer of my sophomore year, I was working as an accounting/finance intern at a First Colony Coffee and Tea in Virginia Beach. There, I was given the opportunity to sit and evaluate coffee with the company’s cuppers and buyers. Sitting at that cupping table I first realized that coffee was an amazing and complex creature with so many subtle and complex nuances.
From that day, I have loved coffee for all that it is - a way to provide caffeine and that little pick me up, all of the lives it touches and enriches throughout the coffee process, as well as those powerful rides it takes my palate through.
What is your role at Honolulu Coffee?
I am a wearer of many hats at Honolulu Coffee. I oversee both of our farms in Kona, the production/packaging team, the roasting/coffee team, I also do the purchasing of all goods, the logistics both at the National and International level as well as the Quality Control, on the Coffee Beverage Level.
Where have you been?
I would say that Coffee has taken me to some amazing places. I once did a road trip all the way through Mexico and Central America, stopping at coffee farms in each country along the way. I have also been lucky enough to visit almost all the Coffee producing countries in South America as well as a few in Africa, such as Kenya and Rwanda.
Life is too short to drink mediocre coffee.
This question is asked in our stores hundreds of times a week. As a Kona Coffee farm owner and producer it’s our duty to bring this brilliant natural story to Honolulu.
The Honolulu Coffee Experience Center will have the first all sensory Kona Coffee Exhibit in world, bringing our Kona, Big Island farm to you, including the world's coffee growing regions, the life of coffee from seed to tree, processing, roasting, and cupping, to your cup.
We look forward to guiding you through this unique experience. Here is a sneak peek of our exhibit as it takes shape.