Like Overland Park and Kansas City’s flourishing brewery and distillery scene, locally roasted coffee is in the midst of a boom throughout the area. Whether you want to start your day with a fresh, locally brewed cup; stop in a coffee shop for a relaxing mid-afternoon break or take home a bag (or three) of beans or grounds to savor at home, a number of delicious options await.
Ethiopian-owned Revocup, located in Overland Park, roasts their beans on site and offers several varieties of fresh-roasted coffees around the world, as well as a tasty lunch menu. Maps Coffee Roasters has a neat story—the coffee is roasted inside Velo+, a Lenexa bicycle shop owned by Vincent Rodriguez, who worked with coffee companies for more than 20 years before launching his own brand and bike shop.
Black Dog Coffeehouse, also in Lenexa, is a favorite spot to kick back with a book and a coffee or espresso drink. You’ll likely catch some live music, too, or, in the evening, events like game nights. On your way out, stop next door and pick up freshly baked breads or treats from Ibis Bakery.
In Kansas City proper, the coffee scene is so robust that you’d have a hard time hitting all of the coffee shops and roasters in one day! Try Oddly Correct, a place for coffee purists (no caramel macchiatos here). Quay Coffee, located in downtown Kansas City’s River Market neighborhood, offers a simple menu that includes Oddly Correct Roasters coffee and one of the best lattes around. Get there early for the best pastry selection. Nearby City Market Coffee Roasters offers several blends of drip coffee—bring a buck and your own cup and you can serve yourself while you watch beans being roasted right there in the shop. Grab a breakfast burrito, too—you won’t regret it!
On the other side of downtown, Mildred’s, located in downtown’s Crossroads Arts District, got its start in downtown Overland Park and is a favorite destination for delicious coffee, including the beloved Snickerdoodle blend. Grab a “standard breakfast sandwich,” too, widely considered to be one of the best breakfast sandwiches in the city. Or head to where it all began: The Roasterie, home to Kansas City’s favorite air-roasted coffee. The Roasterie has several café locations throughout the Kansas City area, or stop by the factory (look for the plane on top of the building!) and, if space is available, take a tour of the roasting facility. Tours are held seven days a week, and you can book a Roasterie tour online.