Top 8 Cold Coffee Drinks in Honolulu
From left: Cold-brewed iced coffee at Brue Bar, iced coffee at Beach Bum Cafe, New and Improved Philz at Salt.
Photo: Martha Cheng
It’s hot as [insert preferred expletive here].
To keep our cool, we need our caffeine. Here are our favorite cold coffees:
Iced latte at Morning Glass
At one of our favorite cafes ever, the iced lattes ($3.50) are shaken, not stirred, for a refreshing frothiness.
Vietnamese iced coffee at Pho to Chau
Few pairings are better than a hot and savory pho with a cold and sweet Vietnamese iced coffee ($3.50). Let the dark bitter brew drip through the filter brought to your table, then stir it into the condensed milk and cupful of ice.
1007 River St.
Vietnamese iced coffee with condensed coconut milk at Snackbox
Vegan Vietnamese coffee? Awesome. Grab Snackbox’s take on a Vietnamese iced coffee ($4.50), mixed with agave-sweetened coconut milk.
Inside PAD, 691 Auahi St.
Coffee jelly au lait at Palme D’Or
A fun fix: Stir the coffee jelly into the milk and slurp away ($4.55).
Affogato at Café Central [UPDATE: Cafe Central is closed as of June 10, 2014.]
The best afternoon pick-me-up and cool-down is a shot of espresso poured over a scoop of Il Gelato’s fior di latte ($3.95).
Iced coffee at Beach Bum Café
At this pour-over only café, some of the water is replaced with ice cubes, instantly cooling down a perfect brew, made with your choice of Hawaii-grown coffee (about $3).
Cold brew coffee at Brue Bar
Sometimes you just want a simple cold coffee. Brue Bar’s cold-brewed coffee (about $3) uses Santa Cruz’s Verve Coffee for a smooth and mellow cup.
The New and Improved Philz at Salt
And sometimes you need an extra kick with your caffeine. This cocktail ($10), an homage to Philz, the beloved coffee shop in San Francisco, ups coffee’s bitterness with Campari and Averna and smooths it out with rum.