‘Tis the season for chilly weather and something hot in your hands. Kansas City does not leave you hanging when you’re on the hunt for a pick-me-up. The TCD team got together and compiled a list of our top 5 coffee shops:
1. The Filling Station
With three uniquely designed locations, Kansas Citians love to “fill up” at The Filling Station, and so do we. This converted auto garage is often described as “bright” for its open lighting and rise-and-shine drinks. It’s efficient for those in need of a quick refuel, and welcoming for those running on empty.
The Westport location, with a drive thru, scores top points for convenience, and the Midtown stop, The Filling Station’s main location, offers a nice space to meet up with friends. Grab a coffee, or indulge in the delicious burritos, which are served all day. Whatever your mood, The Filling Station is guaranteed to satisfy your routine maintenance.
2. The Roasterie
Known for its air-roasted coffee, The Roasterie delivers a consistent coffee experience in each of its Kansas City locations. Its friendly baristas understand the art and flavor of coffee, crafting a well-blended cup time and time again. Pair it with a slice of coffeecake or Christopher Elbow Chocolates (a delicacy the Brookside and Leawood locations flaunt over their sibling stores) to jumpstart your morning or treat yourself after a day at the office.
Inside the shop with the iconic airplane as its steeple, coffee aficionados can visit The Roasterie factory every day of the week. Touring the Kansas City, Missouri, coffeehouse has become a local bucket list essential. After an educational lesson on the roasting process and the almost 40-year history of founder Danny O’Neill’s brainchild, guests enjoy free pour-over samples. Score.
3. Thou Mayest Coffee Roasters
Decked with wood and metal everything, this hip café and bar invites you into a relaxing, creative space. The coffee is smooth, and each sip is perfectly balanced. Thou Mayest promotes its adventurous spirit with coffee blends that speak to each kind of voyager, such as Smooth Operator and Wild Child.
Get in quick, because the place fills up fast. Sit on the main level, explore the upstairs lounge, or grab a seat on the patio. No matter the spot, Thou Mayest is a cozy gathering for friends or a serene scene for solitude.
4. Monarch Coffee
Midtown’s newest coffee shop is the talk of the town. Since opening its doors in May 2017, Monarch has been bustling with traffic. Housed in The Ambassador, at Broadway and Knickerbocker Streets, Monarch showcases a brilliantly white interior, further enhanced by incoming light from its floor-to-ceiling windows. Accents of black, gold, and mint add retro hints to a modern, clean, classic space. Cool, calm, and collected, Monarch baristas are ready to serve, carefully preparing excellent coffee while you settle into your place. Order a homemade donut for an even sweeter combination.
A distinct draw, Monarch offers a small event space in its lower level, The Drawing Room. Rent the room for art workshops, classes, and small parties.
5. The Michka Compound
You are likely unfamiliar with this family-friendly joint, as it is the home of your favorite TCD duo, Ron and Angela Michka. Since investing in a home espresso machine (the Breville BES870XL Barista Express, to be exact), Ron began his barista training, concocting super espressos, mochas, and the like. His kids especially reap the benefits of morning mochas prepared by dad, and his neighbors love to sneak over for an espresso nightcap.
While these 5 hit the top of our list, we also know you can’t go wrong with Parisi Artisan Coffee, Quay Coffee, and Oddly Correct (to name a few more). Wherever you choose, be sure to invite us, because we always love an excuse to drink more coffee.