Table of Contents
- The 15 Best Coffee Shops on Maui
- Best Coffee in Lahaina (and the west side)
- Best Coffee in Kihei (and south Maui)
- Best Coffee in central Maui, Upcountry, and North Maui
- Maui’s Best Whale Watching Tour: Ultimate Whale Watching Rafts
- Lahaina Visitor’s Guide: Where to Stay, Swim, Eat, and More
- The 9 Best Beaches in Lahaina and West Maui
The 15 Best Coffee Shops on Maui
When you’re on a Maui vacation and you’re a little bit jet-lagged, you just want a really good cup of coffee to help get your day started right. It took us a lot of searching, sampling, and tasting to find the best coffee on Maui, but we managed to find the cream of the crop.
We’ve organized the list by location so no matter where you are staying on Maui, you’re just a short drive from one of the best coffee shops on the island. Coffee is grown here on Maui, so you should expect the freshest and best.
Best Coffee in Lahaina (and the west side)
Mauigrown Coffee Co (Lahaina)
Located in a plantation-style building, Mauigrown Coffee serves up coffee actually grown on Maui. They serve beans from the Ka’anapali Coffee Estate, so your beans don’t travel far before they are roasted and brewed. Grab a cup and sit on the wrap-around porch (the coffee is delicious but the building may actually be better). You can also buy roasted and green coffee beans to take home with you.
Note: the coffee shop is currently closed, but online orders for beans are still available.
VigiLatte Artisan Coffee (Lahaina)
This is a coffee cart you won’t soon forget. Located in the heart of Lahaina, the coffee cart is artistic and the owner serving you your cup of joe is passionate about his craft. This is one of our favorite places to stop for coffee on the west side and it’s popular — at any time of day, VigiLatte will have a line (though it moves fast).
Bad Ass Coffee (Lahaina)
This coffee shop was a surprise find for us. After walking past it for years, we finally stopped in for a quick latte. It was so good that we bought the beans to have it every morning at home. The espresso in the latte had a smooth, light flavor. This is now hands down, our favorite place to get coffee on Maui. It’s tucked in a row of stores under the Pioneer Inn near the Banyan Tree in Lahaina.
The newest addition to the coffee shops in Lahaina is Drift. Located just a block off Front Street in the Dickenson Square shopping center, this coffee shop serves up a range of coffee options and a menu of pastries in a quiet setting. The newly renovated space is beautiful and the staff is helpful. Plus, the 6 am opening time is perfect for the jetlagged traveler.
The Coffee Store (Napili)
Set in the Napili Plaza shopping center, this hidden gem is a small coffee shop with a great menu and good bean selection. Aside from coffee, you can also choose from a decently size food menu, with pastries and sandwiches. Most of their pastries are made in-house each day. Anything that’s not made by them is sourced from a local bakery. And if you’re in a rush, you can place your order online.
Island Vintage Coffee (Ka’anapali)
You’ll find a number of Island Vintage Coffe Shops on Oahu, but just one on Maui. This coffee shop does have some great coffee, but the draw here is that the food menu is equally as good. They have breakfast and lunch sandwiches as well as salads. But the best? Their acai bowls. And it’s conveniently located in Whaler’s Village and opens at 6 am, so it’s perfect for any early-risers staying in Ka’anapali.
Searching for an afternoon drink? Don’t forget to check our list of the best happy hours in Lahaina.
Best Coffee in Kihei (and south Maui)
Kraken Coffee (Kihei & Kahului)
There is a lot to love about Kraken coffee — the friendly staff, the good prices, and the great coffee. Our favorite coffee order here is a cold brew. It’s smooth and without a lot of bite and so good that we’ll often go out of our way to grab one. Ordering a cold brew? Get their coffee ice (ice cubes made out of coffee) so your iced coffee doesn’t end up being watered down.
They have two coffee truck locations, Kihei and Kahului.
Akamai Coffee Co (Kihei, Wailea, & Kahului)
Love a unique coffee menu? Akamai coffee has you covered. They offer coffee’s made from Maui beans with unique drink options like a honey lavender latte and toasted coconut latte. The atmosphere is charming, the banana bread is delicious, and the staff is friendly. Their Wailea location offers a large, outdoor seating area. One note: they don’t have Wifi. We think that’s a plus — we love that we put down our phones and computers to have a nice conversation.
Lava Java Coffee Roasters (Kihei)
This great coffee shop roasts Maui beans on the premises, which makes for a great cup of coffee. They have a lot of options on their menu, but don’t let that overwhelm you. The helpful staff will take the time to explain things to you and offer you samples. The owner grows his own beans (seriously), roasts them, and brews the perfect cup of coffee — you’re getting excellence every step of the way with this coffee shop. The iced frozen mocha is worth making a drive for.
The Market Maui (Wailea)
If you’re looking for food that’s as good as the coffee you’re getting, this is the spot. A nice little market located in Wailea with outdoor seating, this place offers a lot more than just their delicious coffee. We initially went for coffee but keep going back for their excellent sandwich menu. There’s also a breakfast menu, cheese plates, and baked goods, plus some gourmet food options for sale to take with you on your adventures for the day.
Best Coffee in central Maui, Upcountry, and North Maui
Maui Coffee Roasters (Kahului)
Good coffee, a wide selection, delicious pastries, all served up with a fun vibe. Honestly, what more could you ask for in a coffee shop? Unassuming from the outside, once inside you’re met with a colorful coffee shop that just feels fun. More than just coffee, their food menu is one of the best on the island.
Wailuku Coffee Co
This is the spot to stop for coffee and a breakfast sandwich before hitting some of the nearby hiking trails. They have a full coffee menu (delicious) and a pretty extensive food menu, with gluten-free options available. And you can stay a while because there is plenty of outdoor seating. The prices are good and the service is even better. We really love this spot.
Sip Me (Makawao)
The charming town of Makawao has an equally charming coffee shop, located right in the center of town. Sip Me is always a favorite stop of ours because the coffee is great (rose gold latte is my go-to order), they have good food, and the vibe is just right. It’s a place that makes us want to stay and chat for a while.
Cowgirl Coffee (Makawao)
A little further up the road in Makawao is Cowgirl Coffee. Located next to an office building in a sweet yellow trailer, this coffee shop serves delicious coffee and lattes. I tried the honey lavender latte, made with their homemade, organic syrup. There’s a cute little outdoor patio that can seat a few people. Everything is rich and savory and the service is friendly.
Paia Bay Coffee Bar (Paia)
This hidden gem (literally, it’s tucked behind some stores) is more than just a coffee shop. While their coffee is great, their food options might be even better. And it’s such a beautiful garden location, it really feels like you’re sipping your coffee in luxury. They’re open for dinner, with live music some evenings.
This is also a great stop as you’re starting your journey on the Road to Hana. Related read: How to do the Road to Hana in one day.
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I'm the co-founder, with my husband Jordan, of The Hawaii Vacation Guide. We live on Maui with our toddler Henry and our sweet but quirky dog Hattie. I am a planner! I love to plan island-hopping adventures, days out on Maui, and everything in-between. I spend a lot of my time on our SUP and my favorite time of year in Hawai'i is whale season!
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