Coffee Break: Aloha Espresso Bar

I’ve been waiting for ages to write this review! Mostly because I haven’t had time to get to this coffee shop, but also because EVERYBODY was writing about it when it first opened earlier this year. Seeing as I am not as trendy as everyone, I thought I’d wait a bit.

Located in a prime spot, right smack-dab in the middle of the Vieux-Port of Montréal, this Hawaiian-themed coffee shop couldn’t have picked a better spot to open its doors. Right across the street is the entrance for the docks, where plenty of cool activities happen over the summer, and also near to the science museum and other cool shops and stops in the old part of town.

Walking into the shop, you are immediately greeted by bright colors; the yellow wall accented with tropical flowers reminds me of one of my dad’s old vacation shirts that he picked up most likely in Hawaii.  The woodwork over the bar and table areas is also quite intricate and cool.

You have a great selection of coffee-based beverages, as well as non coffee drinks, and even a HUGE shaved ice bowl menu. What’s pretty cool is they offer a great spread of lunch and dinner options; ranging from sandwiches to poké bowls, as well as a selection of locally made pastries and treats.

Coffee-wise, you can order up 100% Kona coffees, their coffee blend containing Kona coffee, as well as some more standard Ethiopian coffee blends. If you’re unfamiliar with Kona coffee, keep your eyes open for our follow-up article where we review their 100% pure Kona coffee. Until then, Kona coffee is a particular coffee bean that comes from the Hulalai and Mauna Loa in the North and South Kona Districts of the Big Island of Hawaii. One of the main reasons as to why it is one of the most expensive coffees is that its soil is composed of volcanic ashes and its particular climate make for a distinct coffee fruit variety.

I was really surprised at their presentation of their coffee: it is the first time that I go to a coffee shop and order a coffee (for here not to go) where they come out with not only my coffee order, but some chocolate covered espresso beans AND a complimentary glass of sparkling water. Two thumbs up to Aloha for their presentation of my order! At the time, they didn’t know I would be writing the article, so I’m pretty impressed.

As for the shaved ice, its a fun treat to have on a hot day, or when you’re traveling with children, but our only remark would be to ask them to go light on the syrup. The syrup they use is quite sweet, so unless you have the superhuman ability to tolerate sweet syrups, or just have an incredible sweet tooth, you might find yourself wishing that there was more ice in your cup.

The place is quite cute, I will definitely be returning with some friends and family for a quick cup o’joe when we’ll be in the area, and it’s one of the only places (perhaps the only?) in Montreal where you can buy pure Kona coffee, so it’s a must on our list!

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