Our Origin Story
On November 22, 1978, Danny O’Neill picked his first coffee cherries as a foreign exchange student in Costa Rica. Right then and there, he fell in love with it all—the country, the people, and especially the coffee. 15 years later, Danny founded The Roasterie in the basement of his Brookside home in Kansas City. From the very beginning, it just made sense to offer direct trade coffee, partnering directly with farmers as much as possible and paying above market value in order to secure the best coffees and develop longstanding, mutually beneficial supply chain relationships. Direct trade makes more sense today than ever before. This year, about 80% of our coffee by volume will come from farms and producing communities that we're heavily invested in and committed to long term. It's these enduring relationships that are the backbone of all that we do; from finding delicious coffees to serving them in our Kansas City cafés.
We've been a locally owned and operated company since our inception in 1993. The same dedication and passion we have for developing relationships with coffee producers is put into building long-lasting customer relationships right here in Kansas City; many of which represent decades-old partnerships of serving excellent coffee to the local community.
In order to provide the freshest coffee possible, we deliver to customers as fast as possible with a next-day delivery model for local orders. In addition to serving Kansas City’s restaurants, coffee shops, grocery stores, hospitals, offices, high schools and universities, we also have six Roasterie Cafés across the Kansas City metropolitan area.