Kansas City Coffee

Author: Ruthie Pollard


Last month I had the best time in Kansas City, otherwise known as the “Paris of the Plains.” It was my first time in Missouri, the destination was a Christian conference by IHOP (International House of Prayer…not pancakes). I stayed with my friend Michelle and her hospitable family in Kansas.

What does one do in the midwest? Surprisingly, the coffee scene is pretty big here. I complied a list of recommendations from people who have lived in the area and we set off on a coffee crawl hopping from coffee shop to coffee shop. If you find yourself in Kansas City for some reason check these out! Although, I might just be writing this post for myself haha.

Quay Coffee:

The baristas’ at Quay are some of the friendliest I’ve met. When going to a new place I try to keep an eye out something unique on the menu. The guy before me ordered an amazing looking coffee, the “Gibraltar”. I went with that, it was a a double-shot of expresso and a bit of milk. Also, an aesthetic dream.

Second Best:

I ironically put this in second…hah. I ordered a delicious honey lavender latte which was the best I’ve ever had! Outside the window it started snowing huge chunks of snow, the perfect cafe backdrop.

Oddly Correct:

This was the ultimate hipster location. There is funky art on the brick walls and beanies worn by all who enter. Even a dog came into chill while his owner flipped through a novel. I can never resist a good slowly prepared pour over and it seemed like the perfect place for it. The pour over came in a science beaker, as one would expect from a coffee shop so odd and yet so…correct.

Messenger Coffee Co:

At this point in the coffee crawl we had our fair share of caffeine. I was tempted to get a tea but alas, coffee was what I set out for. The shop has two floors and plenty of light. Upstairs is a roastery where you can watch the team prepare the beans. I asked what they had on drip and was given a long and passionate description of the origin of the beans and the subtle blueberry notes. The notes did not disappoint.

If you’re in a city for a short amount of time this might be the best way to experience all the coffee.