The art of Hawaiian coffee

Last night, DFS Galleria Waikiki kicked off a weeklong event called “Art of Hawaiian Coffee,” which is free and open to the public. As the theme suggests, it’s promoting local coffee, but also showcasing locally-produced coffee art. The event runs through August 16.

Every night from 7 to 10 p.m., DFS Galleria’s Luxury Walk on the first floor will feature products and coffee-related activities. The main thing for coffee lovers is the chance to sample coffee from various farms and companies around the state, including Rusty’s Hawaiian Coffee, The Kona Coffee and Tea Company, Javaloha Coffee, Waialua Coffee, Starbucks, Coffees of Hawaii, Royal Kona Coffee and more. Make sure you wander all the way back so you can try all the coffee; click here to see a video of the Royal Kona guy using a $5000 machine to make me a cuppa Joe.

Here’s some of the highlights from opening night, including a barista competition:

Art of Coffee: The coffee

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Malia Bolton of The Kona Coffee & Tea Company, who is also the youngest chair of the annual Kona Coffee Festival happening this November. More on that another time, and more on her coffee (got me that five-pack in her hands).

There’s also real art, as you might guess. The store has gotten into the theme, but you will also see exquisite teacups on display by local artist Suzanne Wolfe.

Art of Hawaiian Coffee: The art

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DFS Galleria is getting into the “art” of coffee this week, inside and out. As you walk along the outside of the store, you’ll find coffee worked into the various displays.

This week, you can check out the sampling and art, as well as seminars on the story of coffee in Hawaii; live music and entertainment; exhibit and coffee art classes for children; a coffee pairing with chocolate; art using coffee cups and different shades of coffee from black to latte light; and the “Sweeter Side of Coffee” makeup contest and demonstrations using coffee themed makeup styles.

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Here’s a last look at the final barista competition. Don’t worry, this video is just a minute or so long.