Honolulu Coffee set to expand in Vancouver with two more locations

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      Thanks to Vancouver's love for both coffee and all things Hawaiian, Honolulu Coffee is set to expand in our city.

      In case you missed it, Honolulu Coffee opened its first North American location in Vancouver at 888 Nelson Street this past June. What's different about this coffee chain is that the company grows its own coffee beans on an 80-acre farm in Hawaii and draws upon Hawaiian coffee culture as its theme. It has locations in Hawaii, Japan, Guam, and China.

      The company's Vancouver area development manager Nico Lu told the Georgia Straight, over (needless to say) a cup of coffee, that they're planning to open its second and third locations also in Vancouver.

      The second spot will be at 548 Broadway (near Cambie Street) with an early 2017 opening date. It'll be a few doors down from where the second Vancouver location of the popular Hokkaido Ramen Santouka is also set to open. 

      She said the space will be about the same size, with seating for under 50 people. But they're planning for a bigger kitchen and an expanded menu so there's more for fans to look forward to. The décor, she said, will be slightly different but capture the same atmosphere—good news for those who enjoy the airy, vacation-like feel of the Nelson Street space. 

      Lu said that she couldn't reveal the address of the third location just yet but it will be in Vancouver.

      Meanwhile, she said that the Nelson Street location, with its relaxed ambiance and diverse seating spaces, will become its flagship store.

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      Also of note, the store will be selling limited-edition Ka'u natural peaberry coffee beans next week. The peaberry beans are a mutation—instead of two seeds (or beans), only one seed develops. The flavour is fruity, with notes of watermelon and apricot.

      The peaberry coffee is available as a pour-over ($6.95) and will be available as whole coffee bean bags ($89.95) for a limited time. 

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