Aloha Roastery is located on the small island of Kauai and more specifically in the Lihue Town Center. It is a few short steps away from the bus stops so it is a perfect spot to grab some coffee and a pastry while waiting. This was the first coffee shop I tried while we were there and I instantly fell in love. It was also the first macadamia nut latte I had ever had and was my obsession during my trip. Macadamia Nuts are native to Hawaii so they are everywhere, unlike the mainland. The macadamia nut latte was the perfect amount of sweetness and it had a nutty, rich, almost caramel like flavor. I went her multiple days and tried it both with oatmilk and 2%. I don’t have any dietary restrictions, but I preferred the oatmilk – it worked well with the macadamia flavoring and they balanced each other out. I also tried their cappuccino which was incredible. Their espresso was rich and bold but without being bitter. I also appreciated the fact that they knew how to make a proper cappuccino and the milk to foam ratio was on point!
If you get there early enough they have a large selection of pastries and baked goods. Over the days I tried many of these and found each was was almost more delicious than the previous. Their Kouign Amann was one of my favorites for a pastry – it was light and flakey but also rich and buttery when you bit in to the center. It also was crunchy on the outside with the soft, fluffy center – exactly what you want. If you are not familiar with Kouign Amann it is basically a croissant that is baked in a muffin tin with sugar and butter. It is richer and denser than a traditional croissant. One of my other favorite items from this shop was their chocolate chip cookies. Basic? Sure. But these were loaded with so much melty chocolate they were irresistible. I am pretty sure I said something along the lines of it was the best chocolate chip cookie I have ever had, so try one and let me know!
If you find yourself in Kauai swing by and grab a coffee and pastry. For their information click here.