Bookmark and Share Email this page Email Print this page Print Feed Feed
Monday, July 23, 2012

New cafe in Honolulu: Gorilla in the Cafe

Gorilla in the Café, Honolulu’s newest coffee shop focusing on Hawaii coffee has a bit more polish than the others—a gleaming Kelly-green Marzocco espresso machine, carefully designed packaged coffees, an interior of glass and unfinished wood. The money behind the café: K-drama star Bae Yong Joon.

Joon consults with local suppliers and roasters (Isla Coffee for coffee, Downtown Coffee for the espresso) to showcase an impressive array of local coffees such as Rusty’s Hawaiian Honey Typica from Kau and Maui Mokka Peaberry.

Gorilla in the Cafe serves pour-over coffee and espresso drinks, all of it brewed from 100% Hawaii-grown beans.

Why a Gorilla? A reference to under or over-caffeinated customers?

No, Joon has a sister restaurant in Seoul called Gorilla in the Kitchen, specializing in healthy offerings. Says Gorilla in the Café spokesperson Tim Lee, “A gorilla is one of the strongest and leanest creatures in existence, thus the name. A lot of celebrities go to the Seoul restaurant before filming to shape up to get into a role.”

Me, I'm not shaping up for anything, but I am going for a good cup of coffee.

Coffee ranges from $3.65 to $5.25 for a small cup, espresso drinks from $2.95 to $3.95 for a small.
2155 Kalakaua Ave.

Posted on Monday, July 23, 2012 in Permalink

Have Feedback? Suggestions? Email us!

About This Column

From five-star restaurants to hidden holes-in-the-wall, Biting Commentary will let you know what’s hot and what’s not. Find out the latest restaurant news—who’s opening, who’s closing, which chef is moving on, where the great special dinners are. Discover the best menu items, fabulous wines, stunning cocktails, hand-crafted beers. Be the first to hear about upcoming food events and festivals.

Food editor Martha Cheng graduated from Wellesley College with degrees in Computer Science and English. She's a former line cook, food truck owner, Peace Corps volunteer and Google techie. Follow her on Twitter @marthacheng.


Enter your email address