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A Quick Pick-Me-Up At Poppy's
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A Quick Pick-Me-Up At Poppy’s

Story By Terri Hefner Photos By Nathalie Walker
December 18 - 24, 2011

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, at least for those of us with the holiday spirit. It also can be the busiest, and amid all the hustle and bustle we sometimes just need a quick pick-meup to meet the challenges of the day.

  • Tina and Rick Holloway at Poppy's Coffee and Espresso Bar.
  • Panini with mozzarella, basil and sun-dried tomatoes ($7.99)
  • Panini with mozzarella, basil and sun-dried tomatoes ($7.99)
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That’s where coffee shops come in, and what would we do without them? It’s where we can go anytime of the year to grab a quick cup of joe along with a bite for breakfast, lunch or even an evening sandwich.

Poppy’s Coffee and Espresso Bar, conveniently located on Keeaumoku Street, is a friendly place that provides just that with its full espresso bar, which serves Royal Kona Coffee exclusively. It’s affordable, too. Coffee prices start at just $1.69.

That’s not all they’ve brewed up.

Poppy’s offers a variety of bagels ($1.49) for vegetarian appetites including plain, everything, blueberry and more, along with the requisite cream cheese and an assortment of jams and jellies.

Speaking of cheese, if it’s part of your diet, Poppy’s menu of panini sandwiches includes Mozzarella, Tomato and Basil ($7.99) with sliced tomatoes, fresh basil and a generous 3 ounces of mozzarella. For those who don’t eat meat, it’s a combination made in heaven, as the creamy mozzarella and sweet tomato are complemented perfectly by the aromatic basil — all deliciously pressed together in a warm, satisfying sandwich.

“That’s really the reason we put the mozzarella panini on the menu,” says owner Rick “Poppy” Holloway. “There is diversity in the world! We try to make it taste as good as we possibly can. We first spread olive oil on the bread, and offer the choice of fresh or sun-dried tomatoes, and a real nice mozzarella. We prefer to use as much local ingredients as we can, so we use local basil from Glory Herb Hawaii in Mililani. It smells so good when we get it in.”

The next time you’re running on empty both physically and financially, wake up and smell the coffee at Poppy’s.

Poppy’s Coffee and Espresso Bar

  • Where
    • 745 Keeaumoku Street
    • Honolulu, HI 96814
  • Call
    • (808) 941-8285
  • Hours
    • 6:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
    • Monday – Friday
    • 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
    • Saturdays
    • 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    • Sundays