This review was contributed by Joey Robert Parks:

So I’m there now. Nice and quite. I’m the only one here. Only open 2 weeks so that’s understandable. The environment is all Hawaii. The music (Beach Boys, Regaee, etc.) is okay, but I’ll probably burn out on it pretty quick. Wouldn’t you know it, I left my headphones at home. Damn. I need them, too, ’cause I need to transcribe an interview. I’m all set up, with the wireless humming, my espresso in it’s paper cup (’cause they don’t have “for here” cups.) Three outlets near three of five tables, so a few options where I can plug my in my laptop. Chairs are cushy, but the back is this ornate looking, carved palm-tree and I’m not sure it will hold up under 2-3 hours of sitting. We’ll see. The guy who works where right now, the manager, is real nice. Their muffins are made fresh here in the morning (from a lump of dough they get from somewhere else). I’m drinking an espresso now. It’s not bad. They use Kona (from Hawaii) for their espresso beans. They also have smoothies; I thought about getting one, but didn’t want to drop $3.75 for a small.

All that said, I’ll probably be back. If for no other reason than to have a change of pace and some people who don’t know me. I love the whole “where everybody knows your name” feeling I get from Lux and Mama Java, but it’s not too helpful when I really need to get some work done and I’m chatting with all my coffee-friends.

There you have it. An impromptu, no-edit, first draft, stream of consciousness review of Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffee.

Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies Café
3722 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ 85018
Phone: (623) 388-3158

Joey is an independent writer and Phoenix native. His article about the renovation of an Artisan Loft in Phoenix was the featured cover story in the July/Aug issue of ‘Desert Living Magazine’ and he’s hard at work on Creative Village® (a field guide to idea innovation), for philanthropist Dale Jensen (Phoenix Suns, Arizona Diamondbacks, Grand Prix Arizona, Vegas Grand Prix). When he’s not looking for sharp objects to run over with his car, he’s on the lookout for the next great wi-fi equipped coffee spot. He can be reached at

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  1. Thanks, Austin. It’s the first thing in my professional writing career that I’ve ever posted without any editing. A scary proposition for a writer, but one I enjoyed. Thanks for the encouragement.

  2. Jessica Clayton

    Went to maui wowi in chandler, had a blink and miss sign so was a bit skeptical going in . The interior was quite a surprise. It had a cheerful Hawaiian theme that was a pleasant contrast to other coffee shops I normally go to. I tried my regular hazelnut cappuccino and I must say it was one of the best I ever tasted. The service was prompt and the owner of the place was quite friendly and attentive. Wish I had more time to sit there and relax as I normally tend to do. Back in New York I am disappointed that they don’t have maui wowi here.