The Best Coffee Shop in Kansas City

by Cathy on October 26, 2012 · 5 comments

in Food,Kansas City,Travel

I work as a freelance consultant, which means that my office is my home or a good coffee shop. I’ve sampled my share of coffee shops in Kansas City and my favorite is … The Roasterie in Brookside. This is also a locally owned company with an interesting story.

The most important criteria for judging a coffee shop is the coffee and the brew rocks. I’ve never had a bad cup of coffee here — my favorite is the Vanilla Latte. While you’re at it, order one of their amazing pastries. The cinnamon or blueberry scones are particularly good.

Best of all, the atmosphere is conducive to getting a lot of work done. One wall is entirely windows so the light is terrific, and if you are particularly lucky, you can snag a table on their outdoor patio. You’ll find a laptop on nearly every table because this is a favorite haunt of both the self-employed and the students at nearby UMKC. I’ve written half an e-book at this place! Judging by my lagging work output in recent weeks, I need to visit the Roasterie again soon! 

If you need to take a break from work, visit the cute shops right around the corner … The Dime Store, World’s Window, the Reading Reptile and the best gift shop/artist emporium in Kansas City — STUFF.

Leave a comment and tell me YOUR favorite coffee shop in Kansas City. I need to find some additional work locations!

(Photos courtesy of Man Seeking Coffee.)

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Andrea October 27, 2012 at 1:39 am

Take Five down at 151st and Nall is awesome. They not only have great coffee and food, but they also do live music on weekend evenings.

Cathy October 27, 2012 at 9:13 pm

Andrea, I met with a group of friends recently at Take 5. I loved the atmosphere, the tasty breakfast sandwich and the fact that they have free music on weekends with no cover charge! I ordered the decaf, sugar-free vanilla latte — my new favorite drink — and I will say that I didn’t care for theirs. It had a sickly sweet flavor and I didn’t taste the coffee. I will go back but I will order something else to drink.

Jess @UsedYorkCity October 30, 2012 at 7:05 pm

I love a good coffee shop, and this looks adorable! If you ever come to NYC and need a suggestion of a place to write, let me know and I’ll send over a list of some of my faves!:-)

Cathy October 30, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Jess, I do love NYC. In fact, I was born on Long Island and had relatives who lived there for years. My prayers are certainly with that part of the country in the wake of hurricane Sandy. I wrote a post about a trip to NYC with my family a couple of years ago. (Click on the Travel section to find it.) What are some of your favorite NYC coffee shops?

Kayla October 31, 2012 at 5:44 am

I don’t think The Roasterie can be beat. I love their Betty’s Recipe flavored coffee. A lot of people I work with love to go to Mildred’s in the Crossroads. Another fun one is The Filling Station.

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