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The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Opening in Kea’au

May 21, 2015, 9:19 AM HST
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Coffee lovers prepare. The 19th Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf store in the state is opening in Kea’au on Friday.

The store will open under the operation of Foodland Super Market, Ltd., Food Pantry, Ltd., and Kalama Beach Corporation. Once opened, the Kea’au store will be the only Big Island location after the Kailua-Kona store, attached to Sack and Save in the Lanihau Shopping Center, closed in March 2014.

The Coffee Bean  Tea Leaf Kea'au. Photo credit: Jamilia Epping.

The Coffee Bean Tea Leaf Kea’au. Photo credit: Jamilia Epping.

Located across from Foodland Kea’au, the new The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf location will operate on a daily 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. schedule and will feature drive thru service, in addition to indoor and outdoor seating.

Officials say The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf location has hired 20 employees as they prepare for their opening.

At the location, customers will find a menu that includes coffee, tea, and exclusive beverages, like The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’s Ice Blended drinks and tea lattes. The menu is also friendly to children, offering a variety of drink options unique to their young customers.

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Beyond beverages, the menu will include baked goods and light breakfast, lunch, and dinner entrees, such as breakfast burritos, pasta, sandwiches, and wraps.

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Store officials say that The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf will also offer specialty local drinks like li hing lemonade and lychee iced tea.

As part of this weekend’s grand opening festivities, the new location will host free food and beverage samplings, prize giveaways, and a buy one, get one free beverage offer.

In 2005, the first The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf was opened in Hawai’i by The Sullivan Family of Companies. Since then, the popular “California born and brewed” specialty coffee and tea retailer has opened across the state with locations on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island.

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