Spring, Coffee, Tea, and Chocolate is in the Air!

IMG_0993It’s that time of year again…. well not quite. If you have been in Kansas City recently or live here you have noticed a big influx of coffee shops that have opened or are opening up in the past 6 months and there are still more to come. Jason Burton of the LAB definitely noticed. Calling Kansas City his home, and home to the Caffeine Crawl. Last year the Crawl was 3 days because of the many additions to our coffee community as well as awesome tea shops. He knew there was not going to realistic to make it a 4 day crawl, or if he kept it at 3 days there were going to be shops that would be left out. Each and every shop adds to the diversity and culture in our beautiful coffee community, and even beverage community. To fix this dilemma he decided to make a Spring crawl and a Fall crawl. This also gives more people opportunity to visit and experience our coffee scene.

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“Slow Bar” Craze Hits Kansas City


Kansas City has been hit with the coffee bug. We are lucky to have so many great shops in our city that have been here for years and more recently we have had a surge of new shops coming in and calling Kansas City their home. Some local coffee shops are expanding into different parts of town. With all of these new shops some are putting this phrase “slow bar” in the name of their shop.

I was wondering if people in Kansas City or even around the country know what a “slow bar” is. I have gone to some of Kansas City’s own “slow bars” and asked questions. —Continue Reading.

Coffee, Coffee, Tea, Coffee!


It’s that time of year again. The Caffeine Crawl reaching it’s third year in existence, made it’s way back to it’s roots in Kansas City. The first Crawl took place two years ago in 2011. Jason Burton of the LAB brining the Caffeine Crawl back to Kansas City bigger than ever. It started as a one day event and has now grown to a three day event leading up to the second annual Specialty Coffee and Tea week. The crawl has grown so much over the past three years. Burton and the rest of the LAB team have big things in store for next year. —Continue Reading.

Down in the River Quay


Visited Quay Coffee again today, but with a friend. It’s another newer coffee shop that made it’s debut a few weeks ago in Kansas City’s River Market. Cory and Tanner at Quay are using Oddly Correct’s coffee. Their menu is simple: shots, latte, americano, mocha, pour overs(V60’s and Chemex), as well as bottled drinks. I like the simplicity because it allows the coffee to be the star and you can enjoy the coffee and it’s many flavor notes. Today they had Tanzania and Ethiopian Yirgacheffe. I enjoyed the Yirgacheffe. I love their bar, they have pictures on their Facebook page. It’s a nice set up making it easy to talk to the customers while making their drinks. —Continue Reading.