The museum launches its own custom blend of Maui and Costa Rican coffee on May 1. The handsomely packaged coffee is available in the Honolulu Museum of Art Shop at its main Beretania Street location and at its second location, Spalding House.
Honolulu Museum of Art interim food and beverage manager Josh Hancock was looking for the right coffee to use as the house brew. Aiming to showcase one of Hawai‘i’s best coffees, Hancock knew he wanted to work with Kona Coffee Purveyors, and selected Maui coffee for its subtle sweetness and toasted-nut characteristics. “It pairs very well with the silky body and bittersweet chocolate notes found in Costa Rican coffee,” he explains. “We tasted and cupped dozens of coffee varieties and blends at Kona Coffee Purveyors’ state-of-the-art roasting facility and with the help of owners Jackie and Ray Suiter were able to create a blend that I think is unique and complex, yet delicious and familiar to coffee lovers.”
The new HoMA Signature Blend is roasted exclusively for the museum by Kona Coffee Purveyors.
The coffee is so good, museum retail manager Cori Mackie decided it would make a great gift to stock in the Honolulu Museum of Art Shop. She collaborated with Hancock and museum senior graphic designer Anjali Lee to create the perfect omiyage. Lee designed labels featuring two iconic works from the museum’s collection—the 11th-century statue of Guanyin and Charles Bartlett’s print Surf-Riders.
Freshly roasted and ground beans are hand-packed weekly at the museum. The HoMA Signature Blend costs $14.99 for six ounces.