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Beyond Calvin Trillin’s Kansas City

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My relationship with Kansas City cuisine, like so many people not from Kansas City, is tremendously indebted to Calvin Trillin’s Tummy Trilogy.  But while that bound edition’s three component parts are tremendously funny, heart-warming and generally brilliant pieces of literature, not to mention a [...]

The Filling Station

Name: Filling Station Coffee Garage Location: 2980 McGee Trafficway, Kansas City, MO Roasters: Broadway Roasting Company and Oddly Correct Coffee Roasters Rating: 3+

A cafe title that plays on words like The Filling Station flirts with disaster by leading customers to assume the owners are opting for a clever twist on the necessity of [...]

On and Off Broadway

Name: Broadway Cafe and Broadway Roasting Company Location: 4106 Broadway and 4012 Washington Street, Kansas City, MO Roasters: Broadway Roasting Company Rating: 3+

While coffee hasn’t quite achieved the feuded-over status of say, barbecue, when it comes to Kansas City cuisine, denizens of this city do have at least two decent sized [...]

Down at the Crossroads

Name: Crossroads Coffeehouse Location: 310 Southwest Boulevard, Kansas City, MO Roasters: Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea Rating: 3+

I was happy, but a little surprised, to find an Intelligentsia wholesale client in Kansas City.  Then again, maybe I shouldn’t have been given that Take Five reached out to Zoka in Washington state.  Certainly, getting your [...]

In the Land of Lattes, the Espresso isn’t Bad

Name: Latteland (CC Plaza/47th and Zona Rosa) Location: 318 West 47th Street, Kansas City, MO and 7251 NW 86th Place, Kansas City, MO Roaster: Kaldi’s Coffee Roasting Company Rating: 3/3-

Latteland is a local Kansas City Coffee chain without the trappings of your usual chain coffee.  At least, that’s my quick assessment based [...]

Reputable Roasters in Out of the Way Places

Name: Take Five Coffee Bar Location: 5336 West 151st Street, Leawood, KS Roasters: Zoka Coffee Roaster and Tea Company Rating: 3

Take Five Coffee Bar seems to fit into a familiar mold when thinking about Kansas City coffee. Like Black Dog Coffeehouse, it’s a decent café, but far away from Kansas City proper. [...]

Finding PTs in KC

Name: Black Dog Coffeehouse Location: 12815 West 87th St. Parkway, Lenexa, KS Roasters: PT’s Coffee Roasting Company Rating: 3

Despite several recent trips to Kansas City, I have yet to manage a pilgrimage to Topeka to visit the highly reputable P.T.’s Coffee Roasting facilities and café. The trip to Topeka from Kansas City [...]

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Even Man Seeking Coffee Gets the Blues

Once in a while, even this man gets tired of seeking coffee. Some days I wake up and hope to find a good cup of coffee that required no research on my part. No thinking, yet something new, different and interesting. I suppose I’d have to change [...]