The specialty coffee roaster’s Hilo outlet will also feature a tasting room and roastery and adds a new revenue stream to its wholesale, subscription and horeca distribution channels
Big Island Coffee Roasters operates wholesale distribution across some of Hawaii’s largest premium resorts and cafés | Photo credit: Big Island Coffee Roasters
Hawaii’s Big Island Coffee Roasters has opened its first flagship store in Hilo, Hawai'i Island.
The specialty coffee roaster said the outlet will feature a roastery and tasting room to showcase its specialty Kona coffees, with cold-brew coffee, iced Māmaki tea and Big Island Coffee Roasters merchandise range also available.
Founded in 2010, Big Island Coffee Roasters operates wholesale distribution across some of Hawaii’s largest premium resorts, retailers and cafés, alongside a direct-to-consumer monthly coffee subscription.
“Since 2010, we’ve worked to raise the bar, scale the reach, and change the conversation on Hawaii-grown coffees. By focusing on quality and community, we’re improving Hawaii's farm sustainability and agricultural livelihoods. Although we've helped resorts open cafés, this will be our first. It's the only of its kind on Hawaii Island,” said co-founder Brandon Damitz.
In January 2023 Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii announced plans to re-establish its store presence in Hawaii, where it currently operates two stores on the island.
Headquartered in Colorado, the coffee chain reported 23% year-on-year sales growth in the six months ended 30 June 2023 with its franchise expansion strategy gaining momentum.