I once complained to a friend of mine about the lack of independent coffee shops in Hawaii. My buddy, Carlos, had just taken me on a coffee crawl throughout New York City. He introduced me to the wonders of a properly constructed latte and I even had my first taste of legit cold brew. We stopped at Everyman Espresso, Stumptown Coffee, and Third Rail Coffee. All of these coffee shops were located in walking distance from one another in New York’s East Village. My eyes were open and I was abuzz from all of the caffeine. And I found myself feeling extremely jealous of New York’s coffee scene.
If you’re looking for more than just flavored milk tea and boba tapioca balls, then it might be time to swing by The Tea Farm Cafe in Moiliili, just across the street from Puck’s Alley and down the road from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. They have a variety of loose leaf teas available and also serve matcha.