Coffee Shops & Roasters
For the past few years, Kansas City coffee shops and roasters have been garnering national recognition for quality and innovation, and the coffee scene is just as vibrant in Overland Park and Johnson County. In fact, Travel+Leisure magazine ranked Kansas City seventh in the nation on its America’s Best Coffee Cities List. Considering what a “food town” this is, it comes as no surprise that the area is home to some top notch coffee shops and roasting companies that are on the leading edge of coffee’s “third wave.”
The third wave coffee movement is all about quality, from personally sourcing the beans direct from growers and co-ops to using the best roasting profiles to coax every nuance out of them. Wine has approximately 200 aromatic and flavor compounds while coffee has 1,500, so why not use every one of them? The following coffee shops use the most innovative methods to extract this goodness from the beans, including a variety of pourover methods, siphons, cold brew towers and the infamous workhorse of the third wave coffee shop, the espresso machine:
11030 Quivira Rd, Overland Park, KS
Ethiopian-owned, Revocup roasts their own beans on-site, always display a shelf full of fresh-roasted coffees from around the world and serve up a tasty lunch fare. Grab a bag of Sidamo beans on your way out - they are a local favorite!
Black Dog Coffeehouse
12815 W 87th St Pkwy, Lenexa, KS
The quintessential “get comfy and stay a while” coffee shop, regularly featuring live music and offering delicious organic and locally baked treats. The pourover is always worth the few minutes it takes to make!
Parisi Artisan Coffee
5245 West 116th Place, Leawood, KS
With a national reputation for their roastery operation as well as the quality of their café baristas, Parisi features a delicious light lunch menu plus baked goods and desserts. If a cocktail, glass of wine or a craft beer is more your taste, then you’ll find yourself at the right place!
13440 Santa Fe Trail Dr, Lenexa, KS
Bikes. Coffee. Yoga and Sometimes Beer. Owner Vince Rodriguez’s story is as unique as his shop…his roaster machine and expertise is available to organizations and individuals who want their own coffee in batches as small as ten pounds.
Second Best Coffee
328 W 85th St, Kansas City, MO
Serving up great pour overs in addition to having a one-of-a-kind espresso machine made by Slayer. Have an iced coffee from one of their Kyoto towers or make it to an espresso happy hour where you can have one coffee extracted in two different ways.
Thou Mayest Coffee Roasters
419 E 18th St, Kansas City, MO
Thou Mayest Coffee Roasters in the Arts District downtown serves both wonderful coffee they roast on-site as well as offering a full bar of potent potables. Its hip space is industrial yet homey and comfortable, featuring Edison lights and great views of the city from its decks and patios. And where else can you have a homemade, artisanal “pop tart” with your cortado, a miniature four-ounce cappuccino that hits the spot every time.
The Filling Station (Johnson Drive)
7420 Johnson Dr, Overland Park, KS
A cup of coffee at the Filling Station just tastes better. It could be the retro setting, upbeat music, garage door walls or helpful staff… truly an atmosphere that makes you want to linger a little longer. And what may be even tastier than the coffee are the incredible live, freshly-squeezed juices. You’ll be tempted and satiated by any of the flavors, especially the Liquid Sunshine = carrot + strawberry + orange + lemon + apple.
Homer’s Coffee House
7126 W 80th St, Overland Park, KS
An Overland Park favorite at the entrance of the uber-charming Downtown Overland Park district, Homer’s offers a consistently tasty cup of coffee coupled with the perfect balance cozy seating and fun people watching. They have live music every Friday and Saturday night with no cover charge in addition to a rotating gallery of local artists’ works.
1204 W 27th Street Kansas City, MO
A local success story, The Roasterie has become one of the most renowned specialty coffee roasters in the nation. Take a free behind-the-scenes tour of this hometown favorite’s production plant and learn about the art of air roasting coffee beans versus the traditional method of drum-roasting. You can’t go wrong with their signature blend or an iced flavored coffee on a warm day.
Thanks to Steve Agocs www.kccoffeegeek.com for his contribution to this editorial.