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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 […]

A Simple Thanks

When I wrote my last blog post, I intended to write another very soon.  I only wish I was writing a normal review now, or at the very least, had some witty way to write about an otherwise lame excuse for not writing.  The last few weeks, however, have found my house with little humor […]

The Fourth Year’s a Charm

There is a time each year when one stops to pause and reflect on beginnings, major milestones, transitions and one’s inevitable plodding forward into the future.  Another year older, another year with fewer brain cells my grandfather used to say.  At least I think that’s what he said.  It seems I can no longer […]

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. […]