Koloa Mill Ice Cream and Coffee celebrates anniversary

KOLOA — “Any time, any coffee,” said Marn Zeeb of Koloa Mill Ice Cream and Coffee. “Fifty percent discount on any coffee through the month of October because it’s our 10th anniversary.”

Additionally, to celebrate the anniversary of the deliciousness-based shop, there will be free pieces of cake for customers while supplies last on Saturday.

“I hope you’re not allergic to ‘delicious,’” Zeeb said. “There were some bees who followed customers into the shop when we opened this morning. But they’re gone now. Delicious leads to fun, and look at all those fun-loving customers on the lanai.”

Zeeb opened Koloa Mill Ice Cream and Coffee on Oct. 10, 2010, and Saturday’s 10th celebration adds the fourth “10” to the string.

“We opened just in time to celebrate our 10th anniversary,” he said. “Happy Birthday to us! Mary Resinto, she’s our manager, has been with us for nearly nine of the 10 years, and Angelica Baptiste has been here for at least six years.

“I used to come here when it was Lappert’s. One day, I came by for my serving, and they were gone. I found them at their new location, but it’s not the same, so I opened this one to stay as close to what was there before.”

“We try to fit into the town,” Zeeb said. “We have those historic photos of Koloa and some from the Grove Farm Company that show Koloa when the sugar mill and Koloa Landing made this a center of commerce. What makes us different is we serve 100% Kaua‘i Coffee Company.”

“A lot of coffee shops advertise Kaua‘i coffee, but when you look at them, they’re blends of coffee grown here and imported coffee,” Zeeb said.

“We only use Kaua‘i Coffee Company products. We do it because it supports local business. There should be a delineation — Kaua‘i-grown coffee, and Kaua‘i Coffee Company. We use Kaua‘i Coffee Company products. Any time, any coffee — that’s what is on discount for the anniversary.”

Zeeb said that, in addition to the coffee, Koloa Mill Ice Cream and Coffee serves Lokelani Ice Cream, produced on Maui since 1932, Dole Whip, cotton candy, shave ice, and an assortment of baked goods and breakfast sandwiches.

Coming in the next 10 years, Zeeb said he has plans to open Mangoes, another “delicious” shop, across Weliweli Road at the under-construction shopping center.

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