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Sitting in the west portion of a Home Depot parking lot in Kahului, Hawaii, is a small coffee shop no bigger than an RV that serves some of the Maui island’s absolute best coffee. Since it was formed in 2007, the Akamai Coffee Company has been providing the surrounding area with freshly roasted and locally grown coffee.
The word “akamai,” means smart and intelligent in the Hawaiian language, which is essentially how the Akamai Coffee Co, coupled with passion and a genuine love for coffee, continues to serve and prepare fantastic coffee. From planting the coffee to brewing the perfect cup of coffee, Akamai uses the best techniques to ensure a consistent and flavorful product every time.
While the location may be small, the coffee sure does pack some flavor. All of their coffee is grown in the fantastic coffee growing environment island of Maui, and is roasted just before use, to guarantee freshness. Not only does Akamai roast 100% of their own coffee, they grow all of the coffee they use on the same island.
Akamai offers a few different varieties of coffee beans for sale, mainly medium to dark roasts, that all have a complex and desirable flavor, containing notes of caramel, vanilla, and chocolate. They also offer a decaf version of their Maui Mokka, which is processed using the superior Swiss Water method, meaning no chemicals are used to remove the caffeine. The plentiful selection of different types of coffee is available at their physical location in Kahului also available now in their new Maui coffee shop in Kihei – as well as online on their website.
Seeing how Akamai does all the roasting themselves, they are able to offer wholesale beans and other services, such as one on one instruction on how to get the most out of your coffee. On their website, there are several guides on how to brew using some of the most popular devices, such as the French press, AeroPress, and Chemex.
Despite coffee from Maui having not been well established until a decade or so ago, Akamai has really put Maui on the map as a coffee growing region. In this region, coffee varietals, which are the result of different species of coffee plants breeding, are very popular. The Maui Mokka varietal that Akamai grows won the Best Coffee in the State of Hawaii at the Hawaii Coffee Associating cupping competition in 2014, showing that with a little dedication and passion, anything is possible.