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.
Benetti’s has been in Raytown since 2007. They have also been roasting their own coffee since then. Ben Helt started Benetti’s Coffee Experience because he was tired of having to always go out to the downtown or midtown for good coffee. Instead of following the trend he started a shop in the suburbs. Why not? Everyone deserves to have great tasting coffee. According to their Facebook page, “Benetti’s Coffee Experience is a locally-owned and independent coffee roaster committed to providing our neighbors and guests with a fresh experience. We use long-standing traditions to embrace customers with each cup.” You can tell by the way Ben talks that he really loves his job and cares about the community that he is in. They take their coffee grounds and place them outside for people to take and use for the community garden.
One thing that you will learn quickly about Ben and head roaster, Kiersten Perry, is that they love their Indonesian coffees, such as the popular Sumatra. They do not only roast the Indonesian, but as well as other regions such an Ethiopia and Burundi. It is definitely not a bad thing that they tend to lean towards the Indonesians. They have actually helped me to appreciate the flavor profile of these coffees. Usually in the Sumatras that I have had in the past, they have always been really earthy, wet dirt, and well just gross, not something I like in my coffee. Their coffees have the full body that most Indonesians tend to have, but also bring out the subtle flavors you may not normally taste in them. I enjoy the acidity that they bring out in the coffees, but the complexity.
I ordered a double espresso, and it had a nice aroma. As I tasted the espresso, it had a nice acidity up front and finished smooth and clean. I could definitely enjoy more if I was not going to be going to other shops later in the day. With the espresso, I had a Cinnamon Chip Scone. It was so good. It tasted similar to a cinnamon roll, but I think it was better than a cinnamon roll.
While waiting for my computer to load, Ben came into the shop and made me a pour over of the Burundi Kirimiro AA Washed via V60. While Ben was brewing, he was telling me about the concept of the shop and the bar. It was great to be able to listen to Ben talk, especially since we have not talked a lot previously. He described the Burundi with some pomegranate flavors and finished like a dry black IPA. I can definitely get that. Even as the coffee cools, you get more of the pomegranate. It also has a nice sweetness to the coffee. We were talking about how even though the pour overs can make beautiful tasting coffees, he made a comment that they also put a lot of effort into their air pot coffees because of the fact that everyone deserves to have great tasting coffees even those that have to be in a hurry and can not wait for a pour over. I respect that, a lot.
Pricing of their coffees are average of here in Kansas City. They have free wifi, and parking behind the shop.
Address: 6109 Blue Ridge Blvd, Raytown, MO 64133
Hours: Monday – Sunday: 6:00am – 8:00pm