Take a Bite: Kai Coffee opens in Waikiki

May. 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Kai Coffee Hawaii's café latte. (Courtesy Sarah Honda)

COURTESY SARAH HONDA

KAI COFFEE HAWAII’S CAFE LATTE.

BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.com

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).

Kai Coffee Hawai'i owner Samuel Suiter and wife Natalie. (Star-Advertiser photo by Nadine Kam)

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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." (Star-Advertiser photo by Nadine Kam)

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AMONG THE DESSERT SELECTIONS ARE THESE SALTED CARAMEL BROWNIE “SANDWICHES.”

Yummy chocolate chip cookes from The Butcher & Baker. (Star-Advertiser photo by Nadine Kam)

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YUMMY CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES FROM THE BUTCHER & BAKER.

You might find fruit tartlets such as these raspberry-topped treats. (Star-Advertiser photo by Nadine Kam)

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YOU MIGHT FIND FRUIT TARTLETS SUCH AS THESE RASPBERRY-TOPPED TREATS.

Coffee and tees available for purchase. (Star-Advertiser photo by Nadine Kam)

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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, 2424 Kalakaua Ave. Call (808) 778-3213.

The Baker & Butcher is at 1111 Bishop St., Suite 112. Call 537-4140.
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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 nkam@staradvertiser.com and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.

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