Beach Bum Cafe in the Executive Center on Bishop Street had their Grand Opening on February 4, 2011. It coincided with Downtown Honolulu's First Friday Festivities. (I posted about First Friday back in 2007 http://nakama-m-photos.blogspot.com/2007/09/downtown-honolulu-first-friday-art.html). Since we were spending some time in downtown that night, I wanted to also check out Beach Bum Cafe's Grand Opening.
They had about 7 selections of single origin Hawaiian coffees at that time. Each coffee comes with a recommended brewing technique, but you are able to request which ever combination you'd like to try. The special brewing techniques here are the Chemex and Vacuum Pot methods. I don't know of any other coffee shop in Honolulu that will have these brewing methods available.
Our first visit there, Kelli had the Ka'u Yellow Bourbon vacuum pot. I had the Waialua Chemex. Both were delicious, but the Yellow Bourbon was my preference. It reminded me of some of the green beans that I ordered from Sweet Maria's and did small batch home roasts with. (I blogged a little about that here http://nakama-m-photos.blogspot.com/2007/09/home-coffee-roast-zimbabwe-aa-dandoni.html).
After that night, I have been figuring out how I can have coffee at Beach Bum Cafe again. Since I don't work in downtown, parking is a concern. I had other engagements in downtown today so I decided to take advantage of the opportunity and stop by for a cup of coffee after lunch.
Matt (http://www.solomish.com) had lunch with us too and did not hear of this place yet so he came to try a cup. I suggested the Yellow Bourbon and he tried it. He really enjoyed it as far as I could tell. I had the award winning Ka'u Rusty's. We both opted for the vacuum pot brewing method. I enjoyed my Rusty's, but I like the Yellow Bourbon the best so far.
I am looking for more reasons to go into downtown so I can stop for an excellent cup of coffee. Any suggestions?? ;)
Beach Bum Cafe
1088 Bishop Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
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