There is a part of Kansas City that I feel like does not get a whole lot attention. It is sad because there are a lot of awesome treasures in this part of town. The River Market, or formally the River Quay, is filled with so many restaurants, and a handful of coffee shops such as Quay Coffee. This part of Kansas City has the best Farmer’s Market in town, at least in my opinion. The Farmhouse is located just outside of the Farmer’s Market off of 4th Street and Delaware. This is a farm to table, tail to tip restaurant opened it’s doors in 2009. I have heard so many great things about this place that I needed to give this place a try. I also love that everything that is on their menu comes from a farm no further than 100 mile radius, well except for the fish that was on the menu. Which is awesome! —Continue Reading.
Back in January, the BCRBC, Big Central Regional Barista Competition, took place here in Kansas City. Baristas across the Midwest came to Kansas City to show off their skills in coffee as well as passion for this beautiful bean. Spectators from across the Kansas City area, and friends and families of the baristas also came to watch the art of coffee come to life. At the event regional sponsor, Natvia was hosting a game of scavenger hunt bingo. When you arrived at the Natvia booth, you were given a bingo card with crazy things you had to find to create a bingo. Things such as mustache, bow ties, signs, signature drinks, and other items, when you created a bingo you filled out the form and handed it to the lovely lady at the booth and she in return gave you a choice of a keychain, diner mug, or plastic cold travel mug. When completing bingo, you were also entered to win an all expense paid trip to the WBC, World Barista Competition, in Melbourne, Australia. —Continue Reading.
In the city of Raytown, a suburb of Kansas City, you will find a coffee shop. As you walk in you are greeted with smiles, even on a cold rainy morning in the Kansas City area. The walls are painted with warm colors make it feel inviting. The aroma of freshly brewed coffee fills the air, and does it smell amazing. There are people here having business meetings, working on homework, as well as those communing with friends and laughing. What is this coffee shop? It is Benetti’s Coffee Experience. —Continue Reading.
Located just off of 17th and Summit, you will find a bunch of hidden treasures. I have already blogged about a few:Fervere and Little Freshie. This time is a little taste of France on this crossroad, Chez Elle Creperie and Coffeehouse. Just as the name implies they serve coffee and crepes, as well as soups, baked goods, and quiches. I have heard great things about this place and could not wait to try a bite. —Continue Reading.
75th and Wornall is filled with a ton of bars, but there is one bar in particular that I have been going to for about six months. My friends and I go at least once a week. Remedy Food + Drink has modern rustic aesthetic, with it’s clean wooden high tables and picnic-style tables. There is ample space for larger groups as well as an intimate space for date nights. Their bar is the place where my friends and I hang out. It is a pretty chill bar, but perfect for talking, laughing, and having a great time. — Continue Reading.
Parisi Cafe is a gem hidden inside one of Kansas City’s beautiful landmarks, Union Station. They have been here making beautifully crafted coffee in this cafe for about six years now, and definitely making their mark in Kansas City’s coffee scene. When you go into this cafe, you will see that it is a modern and clean cafe. If you are a barista or just a coffee fanatic you will see the beautiful three group Synesso espresso machine. On the back counter is a Trifecta Machine which they use to brew their teas, which can beautifully infuse the teas to their potential flavor. Their motto is Arte Della Taza or “Art From The Cup,” which according to their website is “an experience we strive to create every time you visit.” That definitely happens. —Continue Reading.
If you want amazing pastries, good food, and of course great coffee, then the Filling Station is for you. Filling Station serves a lot of things from your basic coffee menu of drip, lattes, and cappuccinos, as well as an awesome fresh juice menu. They also have a soup of the day as well as quiches. A line of sandwiches, wraps, and salads fills their menu. Everything is made fresh daily and to order. They have two locations, one off of 30th and Gillham, as well as, Westport Road and Southwest Trafficway. — Continue Reading.
On Saturday night, a friend and I went to the Czar Bar to see our friends of Attic Wolves perform with Jack and the Bears, and She’s a Keeper. I also heard that had a new food menu that a little out of the ordinary for a bar, a lot of comfort food. I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to enjoy some great food, great drinks, and great music. —Continue Reading.
I understand this may look weird, a post about Starbucks. I believe that as a barista and some one that wants to make coffee their career, we should always check out and do research on the latest trend in the industry. That’s with any industry. You must be informed with that latest trend, because if anyone asks you about it you should be able to give them an informed answer rather than assuming. If we assume what people are looking for then we could easily drive them in the wrong direction — Continue Reading.
Last Wednesday, February 20, a gas explosion took place on the Plaza at JJ’s Restaurant. After that explosion took place there were 15 people injured from the incident and 1 body was found, Megan Cramer. Just like in my previous post on the incident, immediately after the event Kansas City’s businesses showed support for JJ’s and everyone involved. It was that same love and support that created an account to start collecting money for JJ’s, as well as an event that over 110 Kansas City restaurants participated in. Each of the restaurants donated 10% of their sales for that day. Foundry’s, McCoy, and Beer Kitchen‘s servers donated a percentage of their tips for their shift. Our waitress on Sunday at Foundry had a personal encounter with one of the bartenders from JJ’s and told us stories of what happened and she was donating at least 20% but as much as 50%. That’s just Kansas City’s food scene. —Continue Reading.