If you are reading this you either made it or are planning to make it into paradise. Lucky you. Lucky us, because thanks to the generosity of my in-laws, this is the fifth time we’ve been here. There are a lot of fun activities to enjoy or even hurt yourself, but because this is a food blog, let’s talk food.
The first time we visited I was a bit paranoid, because Maui is not cheap and I wanted to avoid tourist traps. Also please keep in mind that I am not a professional food critic and in many cases my family disagreed with me, so this is a very personal guide. On the other hand, I am known to have a good tasting palate (thanks to my coffee tasting practice) and I am very demanding when it comes to providing quality for the price. In my case it is connected with my passion for finding and providing high quality coffee and I demand the same from others. Ok, sometimes I can be a jerk about this. I understand that many people go to Maui and are ready to splurge, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing, etc. I am listing only places we visited and experienced. There are a few we really wanted to try, but did not have the chance yet, Like the Shark Pit food truck. I love this chef’s mission statement. Perhaps next time.




Item Espresso Jam –slimy candyland?
Description I am not a coffee connoisseur. I am a coffee freak. I do not have a high opinion of products that use coffee as added flavor until my friend Miki sent me an espresso balsamic vinegar, which was pretty darn good. So, espresso jam, directly from a coffee farmer must be excellent, right? To be honest, the label should have been a warning. The first ingredient is sugar, followed by Maui espresso and pectin. The problem with the jam is that it is extremely sweet, with no coffee flavor. What flavor it does have comes from the over-roasted coarsely ground coffee particles (hey! espresso is fine grind!). For many of us the “mouth feel” is rather unpleasant. I think this is a brilliant idea executed badly. That said, it is an innovative product and I hope the owner of the Maui Grown Coffee Farms will develop it further. A few hints… maybe use real espresso, less sugar please, how about sugar from the local sugar cane?
Where can I buy it?
Maui Grown Coffee Store, Maui, Hawaii. Price is a bit “tourist trappy” $7-8/jar
Warning If you do not like seeds in your strawberries and raspberries, this product is not for you. If you are diabetic or sugar makes you crazy, this product is toxic for you. If you do not like over-roasted coffee this product is purely evil. BTW here are some other evil things that coffee geeks are scared of: