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“You must go here at least once”

Island Vintage Coffee
Ranked #3 of 96 Coffee & Tea in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night
Neighborhood: Waikiki
Reviewed February 28, 2014

I've been to Island Vintage Coffee three times in the past two days and cannot emphasize how great their coffee is. My favorite is the Island Latte which has hints of macadamia nut and coconut. I've also had the Taro shake, Ahi tuna, and Acai bowl which were also delicious. It's a pretty small place for how busy it always is but I've always found a table to sit at. They have free wifi so I was able to work while enjoying my food.

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Thank Sarah B
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Reviewed February 20, 2014

I had high hopes for this place after hearing about the mango peanutbutter sandwich from Greg and Keira on the foodie tour. It took me 3 trips to actually be able to try the elusive sandwhich (which was fantastic by the way).

Trip #1~the day after the foodie tour, my sister and I stopped in late in the afternoon. I was confused because I didn't see any menu for food. When we got to the front of the long line, we ordered drinks (she the Island Latte, which we both loved, and me the honey cinnamon drink, which we thought was ok) and I asked whether they had another menu. We were told they offered other food until 3 (it was around 4:30). We also ordered and split the acai bowl. It was expensive and required a 10-15 minute wait, but it was pretty awesome. I am still thinking about that bowl!

Trip #2~the next morning we stopped in before a tour. We were told they opened at 6am, and we needed to be at our pick up location by 6:30. They were not ready to open until about 6:10, and seemed like very unhappy campers to have to be at work that early. The food case had what appeared to be the leftovers from the day before. I asked about ordering from their food menu and was told it did not start until 8am (information that would have been nice to know the day before when I was told they served food until 3!) The acai bowl was available, but would have required at least 20 minutes after ordering because they were not yet prepared to serve it. We ended up eating day-old cookies from the food case for breakfast. My mother contemplated calling later to discuss our experience with a manager, but ultimately she just decided that she would never go back, and on the remainder of our vacation, she told others about it. On the upside, the Island Latte was still fantastic!

Trip #3~Finally aware that the golden times were now narrowed to between 8am and 3pm, and now more determined than ever to try the mango PB sandwhich, my husband and I arrived a little after 1:30. The lines were long so by the time we got to the front and ordered (just the $10 sandwhich please!) it was 2. We got a number and were told to take a seat. We waited, and waited, and waited. How long does it take to make a peanut butter sandwhich you ask? Apparently 30 minutes! On the upside, this trip, all the workers were friendly and seemed happy to be there. After about 25 minutes, I asked one of the food runners how long people usually wait. She said 15-20 minutes is average, then when to check on my food. She came back saying the order had not gotten to the kitchen, then came back a few minutes later saying actually it was there but the wait time is usually 20-30 minutes so there were still orders before mine that needed to be made first. In the meantime, another lady, who I think was either an owner or a manager came over and offered us drinks (another Island Latte for me? Don't mind if I do!) because our order was taking so long. Almost an hour after we first arrived, I finally had the sandwich in my hands. Greg wasn't wrong~it was amazing.

If you don't mind waiting (and possibly waiting and waiting some more), this place has some pretty tasty stuff. Just be prepared that their customer service is sometimes lacking, and they could definitely streamline their procedures for getting customers through the lines and the orders to the customers more quickly.

Next time I am anywhere near an Island Vintage, I will try it again~the Island Latte, the Acai bowl, and especially the mango peanutbutter sandwich are all worth the wait to me, but I doubt that any of my family (especially my mom) could be convinced to join me again.

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Reviewed February 18, 2014

Two words, expensive but excellent! Worth every penny spent. I drank 2-3 cups daily at about $5 a cup. Well worth it. I am a coffee drinker, and this is good coffee! The Kona coffee is what I drank. You can buy it bulk at $18 for 4 oz or $30 for 7oz, $60 for a pound! I treated myself and my parents and bought 14oz for myself and 4 oz for my parents as a little something to bring back from my trip. Overall, If I could afford it, I would have drank it like water everyday of my trip!

Thank TonifromOhio
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Reviewed February 13, 2014

Had the Acai Bowl & Island Latte (decaf). Both awesome! Long wait in line and then long wait to get my order and they did not come out together, however, definitely worth the wait for both.

Thank Luvvaca
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Reviewed February 1, 2014

Small little place on the strip, great selection of drinks and a lot of random Hawaii products you couldn't find anywhere else like jams, jellys, peanut butters and chocolate. A little pricey but worth it even though they constantly have a line, the wait is worth it too!

Thank Kayla J
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