By Diane Ako
Kai Coffee introduces an entire lineup of new items for a limited time to ring in the holidays. A Gingerbread Spiced Latte and Dark Chocolate Peppermint Mocha incorporates a blend featuring Hawaiian coffees, and a Cranberry Hibiscus Iced Tea serves as a refreshing alternative for non-coffee drinkers.
A pumpkin bread, gingerbread cookies, an apple almond tart, bûche de Noël, a limited selection of mugs, and a Holiday blend coffee showcasing a variety of Kai Coffee’s favorite beans are all available from now through the beginning of January 2015.
The Gingerbread Spiced Latte adds cinnamon and gingerbread syrup to give deeper aromatics to the Kai Espresso Blend, topped with a gingerbread whipped cream for added spice, while the Dark Chocolate Peppermint Mocha adds peppermint syrup and Guittard’s dark chocolate to the already popular espresso blend. The Cranberry Hibiscus Iced Tea takes an organic, non-GMO herbal cranberry hibiscus tea and enriches it with the brown sugar for depth and a tempered sweetness.
The coffee beverages are each priced at $4.75, $5.25, and $5.75 for small, medium, and large sizes, respectively, while the two iced tea sizes go for $2.50 for a small and $3.00 for a large.
In addition to the new seasonal beverages, spiced pumpkin bread ($4.00), and gingerbread cookies ($2.50), two additional desserts—a yule log roll cake ($6.50) with chocolate Genoise, chestnuts, and vanilla cream, as well as an apple almond tart ($6.00) with apples nestled over almond cream in a flaky, puff pastry—will satisfy the sweet holiday tooth.
Also, a special Holiday blend expressing the aromatics of mistletoe and cranberries, exuding rich hot cocoa notes, incorporate a variety of world coffees. The special blend is offered by the cup, using the pour-over process, and is also sold as beans in a half-pound bag for $17.95, making for an affordable stocking stuffer.
“I wanted to add a few items to the menu so our customers have something to look forward to in December. Plus, it is always nice to infuse some holiday spirit for guests visiting from around the globe, making our products more accessible to a wider audience,” says Samuel Suiter, owner of Kai Coffee.
Kai Coffee is located on the first floor of the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa, immediately adjacent to the waterfall. The café is open from 5:30 am to 11:00 pm, Sunday through Saturday, 365 days a year. Free validated parking is offered for each purchase over $25.