Hawaii's The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Stores Select Skywave to Provide WIFI for Customers
HONOLULU -- Hawaii's The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf today announced that FREE wireless broadband Internet, or WiFi, is now available at each of its retail stores in Manoa, Kailua, and Hawaii Kai. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf has selected Skywave, one of the state's fastest growing Wireless Broadband Providers, as the vendor of choice to implement and manage the free service for customers.
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf opened its first stores last November at the Manoa Marketplace and also in Foodland Kailua. Last month, a third store opened at the Koko Marina Shopping Center in Foodland Hawaii Kai with Grand Opening festivities taking place this weekend. Under the area development agreement, a projected 12 more The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf stores will open throughout Hawaii in 2006, some of which will be inside a Foodland or Sack N Save store, and others will be free standing locations.
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and Skywave will provide WiFi service FREE of CHARGE to customers with purchase of food or drink. This is unique to other coffee shops in Hawaii that offer Internet service to its customers for a fee.
"We are pleased to provide our loyal The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf customers WiFi service at no additional cost,"said Teppi Waxman, director of operations."We are grateful that our customers have selected us as their destination for coffee and have purchased our products."
This is how the WiFi service at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf works: Upon request, a customer is given a custom pass with a unique code, good for 60 minutes of WiFi access. When the hour has expired, the customer may receive another pass by purchasing an additional beverage or food item. The passes are good only at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf hotspot locations in Hawaii.
"Skywave's managed WiFi platform enables us to offer wireless broadband service free to end-users while being able to control access, said Joshua Beil, President and Cofounder of Skywave."We are thrilled to have been selected as the WiFi vendor of choice, and we look forward to forging a long-term relationship with The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in Hawaii."
Skywave demonstrated that they had the tools and talent necessary to execute on our strict requirements,"said Teppi Waxman."We were impressed with the quality of their service, and know our customers will be pleased as well."
About The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
Founded in 1963, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is the oldest and largest privately held chain of specialty coffee and tea stores in the United States. The stores in Hawaii offer consumers 32 varieties of the finest grades of Arabica coffee from specially selected estates around the world. All coffee is custom roasted, in small batches, at the facility in Camarillo, California. The stores also offer more than 30 varieties of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf whole leaf teas, as well as fresh baked goods and light entrees.
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf stores in Hawaii are operated by The Sullivan Family of Companies - operators of Foodland Super Market, Ltd., Food Pantry, and Kalama Beach Corporation.
Skywave Broadband, Inc. is the owner/operator of the fastest growing network of WiFi hotspots in Hawaii. Skywave uses complementary technologies to connect people when they roam with Broadband-to-Go, a service good at over thirty locations on Oahu including Waikiki, Downtown, Hawaii Kai, Kailua, Manoa, Ward Center & Warehouse, Aiea, and Kapolei. Founded in 2003 and based in Honolulu, Skywave provides high-speed Wi-Fi (802.11) and other wireless access solutions to commercial, retail, and residential clients and to government agencies including the City & County of Honolulu on the Open Sky Network.