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Different Types of Coffee Beans

Arabica vs. Robusta: The Ultimate Guide To Types of Coffee

It’s time to put on your learning caps and brew yourself a fresh coffee cup—it’s time for some bean knowledge! Arabica vs. Robusta is one of the most significant decisions you’ll make when entering the world of delicious coffee.  This guide will help you make an educated decision between these two types of coffee to…

How to Brew the Perfect Pour Over Coffee At Home!

At The Roasterie, we buy great coffee beans to brew great coffee. One of the many great brewing methods we use is the “pour over.” Pour over coffee is the act of pouring hot water into a filter with coffee grinds to slowly extract a rich, flavorful cup of joe.  We discuss the history of…
Burr and Blade Grinders

Burr Grinder vs Blade Grinder: What’s The Difference?

If you drink coffee frequently you have probably heard about the need for utilizing a coffee grinder. But you probably didn’t know that there is a whole realm of possibilities when it comes to the different types of coffee grinders.  When comparing burr grinders vs blade grinders, the difference depends on what you want out…
French Press Coffee Pour

How To French Press Coffee: A Complete Guide

As you can tell, there are so many different ways to make a delicious cup of coffee. When it comes to simplicity, there’s no better option than a french press. French pressed coffee is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to make coffee, requiring only coffee, hot water, and a french press machine. To…
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How To Make A Chai Tea Latte At Home

A chai tea latte combines the natural healing powers of chai with the delicious creaminess of milk to create a sweet and spicy coffee drink that can be enjoyed hot or iced.  For centuries, people in India have cherished the delicious and natural healing powers of chai tea. With a tasty blend of spices and…
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Cowboy Coffee: An American Tradition

When we think of brewing coffee at home (which we at The Roasterie think about all the time), we imagine the usual process we’re accustomed to; grinding the beans, putting the grounds in the filter, pouring in the water, and pressing the brew button.  But there are actually a variety of ways to make a…

Coffee Color Spectrum: How Roast Levels Affects Taste

Good morning, coffee students! We hope you’re all having a great summer filled with late nights full of Dizzy Three (if you’re old enough) and early mornings full of Ready-to-Drink Cold Brew. But learning is never over, even if the school year is. And today we’re going to learn about the coffee color spectrum! Here…
matcha and regular latte

Macchiato vs Latte: Similarities & Differences In Your Favorite Coffee Drinks

You’re sitting at the counter at your favorite coffee shop, looking at all of your options for what coffee drink to order. With words like a flat white, macchiato, and latte, it’s easy to get confused and overwhelmed, ultimately defaulting to your traditional order. For the most part, milk-based coffee drinks share many similarities. The…
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Myth or Fact: Does Coffee Stunt Your Growth?

“Don’t drink that, it’ll stunt your growth!” is a phrase many kids hear when growing up. As many of us can guess, the “that” being referred to is coffee. And it’s not just something you hear from your mom—it’s everywhere. Even in the movie Clueless, Cher makes a comment about not drinking coffee because she…
coffee plant with leaves and berries

Coffee 101: What Does a Coffee Plant Look Like?

The question of “where did coffee originate” is one of legends and folklore. The most common story is that of the ancient coffee forests on the Ethiopian plateau, where a goat herder named Kaldi first ate berries from a peculiar looking tree. The berries gave him a jittery, wide-awake feeling that he had never experienced…
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DIY Coffee: How to Make the Best Homemade Latte

It’s Saturday morning. You’ve just woken up to the sound of rain splattering against your window. You peer outside and see it’s still a bit gray out—clouds cover the blue sky and you can almost feel the chill of the wind through the window. You have nowhere to be and your bed starts to feel…

Know your Dark Line

Specialty coffee is an interconnected world of farming, processing, roasting, and brewing. Each facet adds complexity and nuance to coffee, making it an experience of unlimited possibility. Roasting is a crucial part of the process and a pivotal point in bringing out the aroma and flavor that is locked inside coffee beans. Roasting involves different…
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We roasted up an entirely new website for you!

Same great products, new digital home. As you’ve probably noticed, theroasterie.com looks just a tad different. We thought it was time that our website better resembled our brand and our products. Our factory is state-of-the-art; now your digital experience is, too. We wanted to share The Roasterie story—the story of sustainable roasting, community involvement, and,…

The 5 Steps to Today’s Perfect Cup of Coffee

Perfection is not a word to be used lightly, or possibly at all, when it comes to life. Or even coffee. After all, one person’s definition of “perfect” might be another’s “meh.” If there’s one thing we’ve learned at The Roasterie since starting the company in 1993, it’s that caffeinated bliss is always evolving. What’s…
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The Ultimate 2018 Gift Guide for Coffee Lovers

Like it or not, the holidays are officially here. And with it comes the overwhelming joy and burden of finding the perfect gift for every person on your list. We’re here to make it a little less painful by compiling all our go-to coffee gifts…and let’s be honest, everyone loves the gift of coffee. Roasterie…

The World’s Rarest Coffee – The Geisha

Arguably the most prized and storied varietal in the specialty coffee industry, the Geisha name carries with it unrivaled clout compared to other varietals. What is Geisha Coffee? Geisha is an heirloom varietal with historical roots in Ethiopia, although its modern discovery wasn’t until 2004 when the judging panel (including our very own Danny O’Neill)…

Coffee Storage Tips: Keep your beans fresher, longer

Can coffee go bad? Yes—even the best coffee will stale and degrade in quality if steps aren’t taken to store it properly. Can coffee go bad is one of the most frequent questions guests ask us on The Roasterie Factory tours. And it’s a very good question because the four biggest culprits that can compromise…

Last Food Truck Brunch

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   THE ROASTERIE HOSTS FINAL COMMUNITY FOOD TRUCK BRUNCH OF SEASON 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. OCT. 22 WITH ALL-MINI CAR SHOW ________________________________________________________ Nearly 60 Mini Coopers will be showcased at premier coffee roaster’s popular community food and coffee event #undertheplane.  WHO: The Roasterie Air-Roasted Coffee WHAT: Food Truck Brunch Sunday WHEN:…

Believe in the Magic of Brookside Local

For nearly 100 years, Brookside has been about local—shops with unique local flavor, owned by local merchants and proprietors, where all the money stays in Brookside and gets reinvested into Brookside. It’s a quaint, charming place—say old-fashioned, I’ll take that. Because on the periphery of Brookside, many neighborhoods have been swallowed up by the big-box…

Cold Brew Coffees in a Can

Cold Brew! You’ve probably noticed, but we’re absolutely rabid for this stuff. More caffeine, less acidity and all-natural to boot? No brainer. As we slowly convert everyone in the city to our canned goodness, learn why we love it! We have had Nitro Cold Brew in our cafes for A little over a year now.…

Third Wave Coffee

Third wave coffee is (arguably) the most recent wave in coffee history. While the first wave made coffee ubiquitous across all nations, and second wave changed the way Americans consumed coffee, third wave has had as big of an impact. Third wave coffee can be boiled down to one paramount facet—the coffee itself. The goal…

Second Wave Coffee

The first wave of coffee made it available to people of all classes, all across the world. Then, suddenly, the gatekeepers to the land of coffee changed. The old guard was a waitress named ‘Flo’ who wandered diners with a glass Bunn pot of coffee offering to “top you off, there, hon.” In the first…

First Wave Coffee

When it comes to the culture surrounding coffee and café history, the term ‘wave’ has been coined and used heavily. First, second and third wave coffee is defined by distinct characteristics and driving forces of the marketplace. This week we’ll dive in to First Wave Coffee, and the next waves we’ll discuss in successive weeks…

Philanthropy at The Roasterie

Danny O’Neil’s interest in philanthropy started early. As a kid in Iowa, he knocked on doors to sell everything from magazines to pizza dough mix to raise money for his school. Fast forward several decades to founding The Roasterie and his interest in giving back had turned into a passion that burns as bright as…

Industry Trends: Chill Out with Nitro

The world of coffee is constantly changing and evolving. Cold brew, or toddy brewing, recently came into vogue as caffeine addicts struggled to down a 20-ounce piping hot latte in 97-degree weather with 84 percent humidity. Hello, Midwest summer! The cool news – sorry, couldn’t help it – is that cold brew is as simple…

Special Feature: India Temple Mountain

At the Roasterie we take great pride in buying, roasting, and selling the best beans the world has to offer. We also take a great pride in bringing extra special coffees to Kansas City and getting as many people to try them as possible. One of our newest offerings, the India Temple Mountain, is one…

20 Years of Research Proves Coffee is More Than a Drink

Anyone who knows a coffee lover most likely knows that when offered a cup, there is only one option:  take it and savor every sip.  Coffee enthusiast are amongst the most passionate consumers in the world; and now they have even more reason to scream from the rooftop about the product they love so much.  A recently released study…

The Other Side of Coffee: The Roasterie goes to Costa Rica (2015)

For the days of January 18th– January 24th, my coworkers and I were guests and companions on a true coffee exploration. We were flown to Costa Rica, where we visited multiple coffee farms across the country. Each farm was another classroom, offering lessons in how coffee is grown, harvested, processed and exported. As team members…

Life Saving Beans

With New Year’s resolutions finally upon us and promises of healthier living bouncing around our heads, it can be overwhelming with a seemingly endless stream of “experts” insisting that you have to cut out one delicious thing after another. You end up wondering what is left to enjoy? It is natural to consider the the…

The Roasterie-Big Central Coffee Championships

The Roasterie has been involved in coffee competitions for over a decade. In 2003, we hosted the Midwest Regional Barista competition. Since that time, the competition has grown and is now known as the Big Central. The Big Central is a three day event that hosts 75+ baristas from 16 states in the two competitions…

Brew Like a Barista

Brew Like a Barista We have a crew of really talented baristas at all three of our Roasterie Cafe locations. They will make any drink to order exactly the way you like it, and with educated skill. But what do these coffee connoisseurs use when they are in the comfort of their own homes? How…

Brew Like a Barista

We have a crew of really talented baristas at all three of our Roasterie Cafe locations. They will make any drink to order exactly the way you like it, and with educated skill. But what do these coffee connoisseurs use when they are in the comfort of their own homes? How do they prefer to…

#TheRoasterie Moments

In our expert opinion, the best moments in life are best shared over a cup of coffee, especially #TheRoasterie coffee! We love when you share your favorite caffeinated Instagram moments with us – keep taggin’ #TheRoasterie and you could be featured next time! Here are the latest and greatest:

The Roasterie Cafe Barista Spotlight: Skylar Cowdry

The Roasterie prides itself in providing exceptional air-roasted coffee to discerning coffee-lovers throughout Kansas City. Even more than that, we are proud of our team of baristas who go through grueling coffee education to learn how to brew the perfect cup of coffee in the most efficient ways. This month we are excited to spotlight…

5 Tips For Brewing the Best Cup of Coffee

Picture yourself in a fine restaurant in Venice, Italy. (Or better yet, in one of our fine Roasterie Cafés if Italy is a little more of stretch than your imagination allows.) Imagine ordering a cup of coffee and think of the sweet fragrance, the delicious, complex flavor, and the smooth, velvety texture. Now imagine yourself…

The Bean Hunter’s Travels: Colombia & Ecuador 2014 – Part 3 of 3

In early September Bean Hunter Jon Ferguson left Kansas City to journey to South American in search of the world’s best coffee. After a few days visiting farms and developing new relationships in Colombia (read parts one and two), Jon headed to Ecuador. September 9, 2014 – September 14, 2014 I left Bogota early Monday…
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Experience The Roasterie Factory

Here at The Roasterie, we not only deliver delicious, air-roasted coffee from around the world, but we also like to educate and entertain! Come to our Factory location at 1204 West 27th street, and you can tour the Roasterie factory, learn where coffee comes from and how it ends up in your cup, and get…

Fall at The Roasterie

That’s right, autumn is upon us! This is no trick, we have some tasty new treats for you to enjoy! Looking for something seasonal to brew at home? Pick up a bag of our Autumn Harvest Blend. This flavored blend only comes around once per year, and it is exceptional. This is a French roast…

Responsible Coffee: USDA Organic vs Fair Trade vs Direct Trade

Coffee is a world trade commodity. In fact, coffee is the second largest trade in the world, next to gasoline. This means that the effort of getting every single “cuppa Joe” into your hands involved grueling, competitive, labor-intensive work from the farmers, pickers, exporters, buyers, roasters, and packagers involved in every level of coffee production.…

The Bean Hunter’s Travels: Colombia & Ecuador 2014 – Part 2 of 3

Bean Hunter Jon Ferguson’s coffee adventures in South America continue through the country of Colombia. After spending some time at the Cup of Excellence competition, Jon went on to visit a few farmers that The Roasterie has working relationships with. Read on! September 6, 2014 – San Augustin, Huila, Colombia After our visit to the…

The Bean Hunter’s Travels: Colombia & Ecuador 2014 – Part 1 of 3

In early September Bean Hunter Jon Ferguson left Kansas City to journey to Colombia and Ecuador in search of the world’s best coffee. Read on below about his adventures! August 31, 2014 – September 6, 2014, Neiva, Colombia – Cup of Excellence 2014 Last week I attended the Cup of Excellence competition in Colombia. Being that…

The Roasterie Newsletter September 2014

Dear Roasterie friends and family, We hope that this finds you happy and healthy. We’ve had a busy summer; a great summer and for a lot of reasons, the best summer ever. I was recently telling a buddy this and Terry jumped in and said, “Geez Dad! You say that every time!” But it’s true;…

Thanks for tagging #TheRoasterie!

Are you on Instagram? We are! We love seeing your caffeinated posts tagged with #TheRoasterie and seeing how we are a part of your fabulous lives. Keep tagging #TheRoasterie and your post could be featured next month!

The Bean Hunter’s Travels: Colombia 2014

As you may already know, we travel to the ends of the earth to find the best coffee beans on the planet to air-roast them to perfection for you to enjoy. Bean Hunter Jon Ferguson recently took off on a journey to Colombia. He’ll be keeping us updated on his coffee adventures so keep an…

How Is Coffee Decaffeinated?

If you’re like those of us here at The Roasterie, you enjoy coffee at any time of the day. Unfortunately, our sleeping habits sometime suffer due to the excessive caffeine intake. Luckily for all of us, decaf coffee exists. Our baristas and tour guides field a variety of questions on a daily basis and often…

Peace. Love. #TheRoasterie.

Coffee has had a HUGE impact on everyone here at The Roasterie – it’s who we are! We love sharing our experiences with you through our Instagram and love it even more when you share your coffee experiences with us! How does coffee impact your life? Keep using #TheRoasterie in your caffeinated posts and you…

Give a running start, Get a running start

Here at The Roasterie, the only thing as strong as our taste for great coffee is our passion for giving back to the communities we love – especially the local Kansas City community. That’s why we’re excited to team up with City Union Mission and City Thrift Stores to collect much-needed shoes for those in…

The Roasterie Employee Spotlight: Mike Valent, Director of Operations – The Roasterie Cafes

As many of our customers know, The Roasterie is so much more than a roaster of the world’s best coffee. We are a member of the Kansas City community and we pride ourselves on our commitment to customer service and a passion for excellence. That’s why we make sure to hire those who share a…

The Benefits of Using a Reusable Coffee Mug vs a Paper Cup

Most coffee drinkers consume coffee every day. If you stop by your favorite coffee shop every day, that’s at least 7 cups being used and eventually wasted every week. That’s over 300 cups annually and that doesn’t even take into consideration other consumables being served in paper cups on different occasions. Here at The Roasterie…

Your Coffee FAQ Answered

While the most frequently asked question we receive here at The Roasterie is in reference to what kind of coffee we would recommend, occasionally we receive questions of a more educational nature. We asked our Roasterie experts what their most frequently asked questions were and this is what we found out. Below are the answers…

Cupping Missouri: A celebration of fine roasters from the Show Me State

Last Friday night we had the opportunity to join other roasters in “showcasing” our coffees among other roasters within Missouri, the Show Me State.  The event was hosted by Sprudge.com and Blueprint Coffee in St. Louis. Several roasters from across the state of Missouri submitted coffees for tasting. Overall, there were around 5 different roasters represented on…

The Roasterie Coffee Spotlight: Fair Trade Organic

Many times customers ask for either Fair Trade Certified coffee or Organic Certified coffees. Here at The Roasterie we offer coffees with both certifications. Today all of our Fair Trade Certified coffees are also Organic Certified. Fair trade certification helps farmers achieve better trading conditions and promote sustainability. It is sustainable because when farmers can…

Try our new sandwiches and salads from Baked In Kansas City!

If you haven’t heard the big news, we have great new additions to our Café food menu! We are excited to now offer sandwiches and salads from Baked in Kansas City—a unique Kansas City bakery experience. The newest food additions can be found at all Roasterie Cafés! Here is a sneak peak of our new…

Show your pride and try the roasterie’s Red white and true latte!

When it comes to Fourth of July festivities, there’s a lot to look forward to with barbecues, fireworks, family, and friends, what is not to love about this holiday?  This Fourth of July we are giving you an even more reason to enjoy the holiday with our new Red, White, and True Iced Latte. From…

Coffee Storage Tips: How to keep your favorite beans fresher, longer

Here at The Roasterie we get a lot of questions about purchasing, storing, and preparing coffee. All of these factors are crucial to maintaining your coffee’s freshness and flavor. When trying to keep your coffee fresh, you have to look out for light, oxygen, and moisture. These three factors can really affect the way your…

Introducing The Roasterie’s First Ever Cars, Motorcycles, and Coffee!

Do you love cars, do you love motorcycles, do you love coffee? If so, you are in luck! We are excited to invite all car, motorcycle, and coffee enthusiasts to show off your cool rides and sit back and enjoy some great tasting coffee. It is all free (minus the coffee.) Share your love for…

#TheRoasterie – Our Favorite Coffee Photos

There are few things better than spending time with family and friends at The Roasterie Cafes (in our opinion, at least.)  From drinking a cup of our French Caramel Cream coffee blend on our patio to enjoying a tasty macaron in our café, we always enjoy seeing photos that you have shared using the #theroasterie. …

Get To Know The Roasterie Barista Evelyn Orozco

If you’ve paid a visit to any of our three cafes in the Kansas City/Leawood area, then you have probably encountered Miss Evelyn Orozco as she splits her time between all three locations! Evelyn is an energetic barista who takes her coffee skills very seriously.  We recently sat down with Evelyn to learn more about…

What is “Honey Processed” Coffee?

As you probably already know, there are several different methods of processing coffee. In this post we’d like to highlight the “honey process.” The name itself can be a bit misleading as most people will assume that either a flavor of honey is a part of the flavor descriptor or even that honey is used…

Tips From Our Bean Hangar Event Expert Jennifer Robinson

Looking for a great wedding venue? Jennifer Robinson, Air Traffic Controller at the Roasterie has years of event planning experience to help plan your fairy tale wedding! Here are 5 tips on how to make your big day a memorable one: 1. Execute the event: Work with an event planner you trust will execute your…

Try Our Newest Reserve – the Ethiopian Kilenso

Our selection of available Reserve coffees is constantly changing and we’re excited to announce the newest addition – the Ethiopian Kilenso Natural Reserve. From a small town in the Sidamo region of Ethiopia comes this sweet natural coffee selection, the Ethiopian Kilenso. The mill operator Aklilu Kasse takes great care in the selection and processing of all…

The Perfect Father’s Day Coffee Gifts (Under $50!)

Father’s Day is around the corner. Here at The Roasterie we have everything your dad could want (but won’t tell you about.)  If your dad just so happens to be a coffee lover, we have the perfect gift ideas for him!  Our website is a great guide for you to find some awesome gift ideas,…

Introducing The Roasterie Espresso Float!

Nothing says summer better than an afternoon spent lounging at The Roasterie patio, icy-cool beverage in hand.  As it is nearing the months when the days grow longer and the heat gets stronger we have come up with a plan for you to escape the summer heat. Making its debut this summer is The Roasterie…

The Roasterie Instalove!

Instagram is a great way to share your life moments through photos and videos.  We love that you share the photos that capture weddings in The Bean Hangar, lunches on The Roasterie patio, and drinking coffee with friends and family at the Sporting KC games.  We are excited to show photos that you shared using…

Introducing Our Newest Reserve…Ethiopia Kochere!

From Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee, comes our newest reserve – the Ethiopia Kochere. Grown in Kochere near the district of Yirgacheffe in the Gedeo Zone, this selection is one of the highlights of our Ethiopian selections. We sourced this amazing coffee through our friends who have deep ties within the Gedeo Zone of Ethiopia. …

Simeon Bricker Reflects Back On US Latte Art Championship In Melbourne, Australia!

It seems strange to be writing this at the end of it all. I hope that this will bring some clarity of events (mostly for myself). The last week has been an adventure. It’s not all been great but it has been an experience that allowed me to grow in so many ways. Saturday May…

When is the Best Time to Drink Coffee?

Many coffee drinkers roll out of bed and get their daily dose of Joe as soon as they can. Coffee affects our bodies in so many ways that there may actually be an ideal time to drink it. While all of us have different reactions to caffeine, all of our bodies are guided by a…

Simeon Bricker reflects back on SCAA 2014 before heading to Australia

There’s been quite a bit of excitement here at The Roasterie the past few weeks and much of it has been due to the addition of a United States Latte Art Champion to our team! While Simeon Bricker has been a part of Team Roasterie for a few years, he was recently named the first…

Stay Cool In The KC Summer Heat With Cold-Brewed Coffee

Here at The Roasterie, iced coffee is an essential summer beverage. It’s cold, sweet, smooth, and so refreshing. There are a few things about cold-brew that are worthy to note. Cold-brewed coffee has a lower acidity level. The grounds never come into contact with the heat of the water; this extraction method results in a…

#TheRoasterie

Over the past years, the Instagram community has grown to millions of people capturing and sharing moments all over the globe.  As we have grown as a company, Instagram has developed not only in our community but also into a means of communication.  From a photo of your cup of Joe to a sandwich shared…

Professor Bean Simeon Bricker is headed to Australia!

If you’ve been following us on Facebook or Twitter then you’ve noticed that there has been a lot of excitement concerning the Specialty Coffee Association of America Event and the United States Latte Art Championship (USLAC) in Seattle. Here at The Roasterie we are celebrating one of our very own, Simeon Bricker, being named the…

Sights and Sounds of SCAA 2014 Days 2 & 3

Bean Hunter Jon Ferguson and Professor Bean Simeon Bricker have spent the last few days in Seattle, WA representing Team Roasterie at the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s Annual Exposition. They’ve been keeping us up-to-date on what they’ve been up to! Read about Day 1 here. DAY 2 Hello From Seattle, Last night we finished…

Introducing Our Newest Costa Rican Reserve – La Candelilla Geisha

For over twenty years,  Danny O’Neill and Norman Killmon have led the way in discovering amazing coffees and creating truly exceptional coffee experiences with The Roasterie.  With the arrival of a very limited offering of a beautiful coffee found during our most recent trip to Costa Rica, The Roasterie tradition holds true.  We are offering…

Sights And Sounds of SCAA 2014 Day 1:

The first day of the SCAA Annual Exposition, The Event  has just begun for The Roasterie representatives Jon Ferguson and Simeon Bricker.  The Event provides qualified information for all things coffee.  They have built a reputation over the last 30 years of providing tools for everything coffee professionals need to reach their goals in the coffee industry.…

Going Green With Coffee Grounds

Coffee makes the world go round. But even more than something we consume, coffee serves as something we can recycle to better the world around us. Here is a couple of ways to reuse your coffee grounds: Pest repellant: Have you noticed any ants, slugs, or snails hanging around your garden? If so sprinkle some…

The Roasterie Newsletter April 2014

Dear Roasterie Friends and Family, Happy Spring! We celebrated Easter Service at The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts with our friends from the Church of the Resurrection and it was our favorite Easter ever. The service, setting and message embodied everything that I love about Kansas City. Pastor Hamilton did a great job of…

Introducing The New ModBar!

We would like to share with you the newest member of The Roasterie team. The Modbar! Also known as the modular espresso system. It so happens that there are only 40 Modbar’s in the United States. You could say we are pretty lucky! We want to venture away from the original espresso machine to something…

Meet Our New High Reserve Coffee, Sumatra Red Cherry Organic

We are super excited to announce the newest addition to our Reserve line the Sumatra Red Cherry Organic! We were first introduced to this special Sumatran micro-lot in December 2013 when Bean Baron Danny O’Neill and Bean Hunter Jon Ferguson visited the family owned Jagong Mill and surrounding farms owned by Irham Junus, located in the…

Try Our New Spring Sensation!

Blazing sunshine. Ice tea. A comfortable patio. Yeah…you could say we are ready for spring weather (if it ever decides to hit Kansas City). Though we consider ourselves coffee experts, every once in a while we find ourselves craving an iced tea.  So with this in mind, we came up with a delicious and fresh…

TAKE A PICTURE IT LASTS LONGER!

We have been eagerly watching The Roasterie community on Instagram.  All of the photos capture events, products, and inspiration you have experienced at the Roasterie.  We are excited to highlight a few photos that you have shared using the #theroasterie. We applaud you and hope that you continue to share the unforgettable moments you experience at…

BEANS FOR BRIEFS

Giving back is what we love to do. Everyone here at The Roasterie is proud to serve the Kansas City community.  Here is an opportunity to give back to the community. The Roasterie is collecting items for one of our favorite Kansas City area organizations, Operation Breakthrough. Operation Breakthrough has worked hard to help children…

THE ROASTERIE COFFEE SPOTLIGHT: INDONESIA

Coffee was first brought to Indonesia in the 1600s by the Dutch East India Company in an attempt to break the Arab monopoly on coffee for the export market. Coffee farming took hold in various parts of Indonesia including Java, but centuries after it was first introduced a fungus called coffee rust destroyed Indonesian coffee…

Introducing Kenya 50

As our experts toil away in our Roasterie lab, they recently re-discovered our current Kenyan offering at a new roast profile that is so wonderful we decided we have to share! Here at The Roasterie, air-roasting is the perfect blend of art and science. The art is the trial-and-error process of finding the perfect temperature…

An Update from The Roasterie Adventure Winners

This January Team Roasterie made our annual trip to the beautiful country of Costa Rica. The team from The Roasterie was joined by our friends writer Kimberly Stern and Chef Jasper Mirabile, Jr. We were also joined by the winners of The Roasterie Adventure contest that we held last year! Meet the winners and our…

Keep Calm and Brew On!

Have you ever wondered how to brew that perfect cup of coffee?  We joined Professor Bean, Simeon Bricker at The Roasterie Plant Café for the latest Coffee 101 to learn more about the different manual brewing methods available. The most recent class compared various manual brewing methods as well as how to grind and brew…

Cupping At The Roasterie!

Coffee cupping is the practice of observing the tastes and aromas of brewed coffee. It is a professional practice that can be done by anyone or by “Master Tasters.” What you do is slurp the coffee quickly so it hits your naval passage, spreads to the back of the tongue, and down the throat. This…

The Roasterie + Sporting Kansas City = A Match Made in Caffeinated Soccer Heaven!

  We recently announced a new partnership with reigning MLS Cup Champions Sporting Kansas City for the 2014 season.  The Roasterie’s Bean Baron Danny O’Neill could not be happier or more proud to partner with Sporting KC.  “Not only do our cultures and values totally align, but so does our love for all things Kansas City. It…

There Is Always Time For Tea!

We are famous for our coffee, but we also know a thing or two about tea. We source the best premium teas and tisanes to produce the best hot teas and cold teas around. What are tisanes you ask? They do not include tea leaves so they are naturally caffeine free.  You can drink them…

Join Us For St. Patrick’s Day!

  March is finally here! The snow is melting, the sun is shining, and St. Patrick’s Day is quickly approaching. Stop by any of our three Roasterie cafés through the month of March to see what we have in store on this joyful day: The Irish Center’s Danny Boy Blend: Our Irish-inspired coffee blend consists…

The Roasterie Founder Danny O’Neill’s Top 4 Coffee Predictions for 2014

Twenty years ago most people dismissed the idea of air-roasting coffee, but The Roasterie wanted the best coffee in the world so we did it anyway. Now The Roasterie is producing the world’s best coffee and is often cited as a pioneer in the coffee industry. All we know is coffee is our life and…

Top 5 Kansas City Events at The Roasterie in 2013

2013 was a great year for The Roasterie! Not only was it our 20th anniversary, but our Kansas City event space hosted some of the best events in town. From weddings to corporate events to holiday parties, we were elated to celebrate with so many wonderful people. Take a look at some of our favorite…

The Roasterie Single Serve Coffee Is Flying Off The Shelves

  When we first announced our single serve coffee cups, we expected a warm response. What we didn’t know is just how overwhelming the response would actually be. People near and far have fallen in love with our single serve coffee and we couldn’t be happier than to give them the world’s best coffee. We’re…

Drink Up! 5 Busted Coffee Myths

We love coffee—stating the obvious, we know. So for us it’s hard not to get worked up when people spread myths about coffee. In addition to providing the world’s best coffee, we feel it is our duty to educate the masses and bust coffee myths. We get asked about these myths on our tours of…

Meet Our New High Reserve coffee, The DR Congo Fair Trade Organic

We are starting the year off on a high note – to be more specific, a high reserve. The newest addition to our limited edition coffees is the DR Congo Fair Trade Organic. Take a moment to learn about this amazing coffee, produced by the extraordinary people of the Kivu Region located in the highlands…

The West Valley, Costa Rica – Our Final Days of “La Pura Vida.”

Our last two days in Costa Rica have given us new insight into the business of coffee in Costa Rica. It’s infrastructures, processes and specific challenges. These insights will allow us to work more efficiently with our Costa Rican partners and will ultimately lead to stronger partnerships and a better coffee product. This trip has…

Days 2 and 3 from Costa Rica’s West Valley – Picking Contests and Coffee Cupping

The Roasterie crew is still in Costa Rica learning more about the region’s unique milling processes and experiencing the rich culture. On days 2 and 3, the team had some fun competing in a coffee bean picking contest and developed a deeper appreciation for the people who go to extremes to ensure the highest quality…

Roasterie Coffee 101: How Do You Pull the Perfect Shot of Espresso?

You have probably been there before, standing in line at one of the Roasterie cafes watching one of our amazing baristas tapping and grinding away behind the counter. Amidst the chaotic symphony you think yourself, “I want to do that! How hard could it be?”. The fantastic news is that we offer an opportunity for…

Jon, the Bean Hunter in Costa Rica’s West Valley – Home to The Roasterie’s Don Quijote Coffee

The latest Bean Hunter travels take us to Costa Rica, home of some of the best coffee in the world, including our own Don Quijote coffee. It’s a real treat to visit the mills where our coffee is produced, and it’s an ever bigger treat to shake hands with the passionate people producing it. On…

Welcome The Roasterie’s Newest Bean Hunter: Jon Ferguson

At The Roasterie we firmly believe the only way to produce the world’s best coffee is by hiring the world’s most passionate coffee experts. That’s why we’ve added Jon Ferguson to The Roasterie team. Jon is The Roasterie’s newest Bean Hunter, and we can’t tell you how excited we are to have him on board.…

New and Improved Single Serve Cups Have Arrived!

We have heard from a few customers who had problems with our initial order of single serve cups. The problem was quickly identified and we’ve received a complete replacement order. If you had any problems with your Roasterie single serve cups, please let us know and we’ll happily replace them – free of charge, of…

Buying Coffee From The Roasterie Just Got Even Easier, You’re Welcome!

We strive to give our customers the world’s best coffee in a way that best satisfies their needs. Case in point our new K Cup® Compatible Single Serve lineup, it makes getting your Roasterie coffee fast, easy and convenient without sacrificing the Roasterie caliber quality you know and love. If you like to make things…

Roasterie Coffee Spotlight: Natural Coffees

A big trend recently has been to seek out more natural foods and products. While the emphasis on “natural” may seem like a new way to view the world, it’s actually the oldest way to process coffee. Just take a look at The Roasterie’s Ethiopian Natural Sidamo Reserve and our Costa Rica Natural Don Quiote…

Meet The Roasterie’s Master Roaster, Norman Killmon

He may have shown you around our Roasterie factory on one of our tours. Or you may have seen him cupping some of the world’s best coffee. Or maybe you’ve never seen him at all, since he prefers to work behind-the-scenes at The Roasterie. But if it wasn’t for our Master Roaster Noman Killmon, who…

Holiday Greetings from The Roasterie

Dear Roasterie Friends and Family, Happy holidays everybody!!! It is so my favorite time of the year that I can hardly stand it! I always love Christmas but it is at least ten times more fun now with the kids:)! A couple of weeks ago I read an article in the paper about Tami Greenberg, who had recently turned 40.…

Stop Serving Crappy Office Coffee – It’s Hurting Your Business

There’s something special about walking into your Kansas City workplace and being greeted by the delicious aroma of coffee. Not only does it put a little pep in your step, but you also know you’ll be able to get your day off to a productive start. That is, of course, if your office is equipped…

Roasterie Gifts For All The Coffee Lovers On Your Holiday Shopping List

The timeless saying “that it is better to give than to receive” is never truer than during the holidays. The amount of joy that comes from watching someone light up as they open your gift, the perfect gift, is enough to warm even the coldest of iced lattes. The problem is that hunting down the…

The Roasterie Adventures to Indonesia Part 4: Is Vietnam Specialty Coffee’s Final Frontier?

Before The Roasterie team brought their Indonesian adventure home to Kansas City, our Bean Hunter and Bean Baron had another stop to make: Vietnam. While most specialty coffee producers seem to avoid this country, our team couldn’t help but wonder why. While it is true that Vietnam is mostly known for producing Robusta beans, The…

The Roasterie’s 20th Anniversary Party

We’ve been celebrating the Roasterie’s 20th anniversary all year, but something still wasn’t quite right. That’s when we realized we hadn’t celebrated with the most important people of all: our customers! So, of course, we threw the best party of al with our Roasterie customers, family and friends for an evening we’ll never forget. As…

Get The Roasterie’ s High Reserve Coffees Before They’re Gone!

 If you’re the type of person who loves all things exclusive and limited edition, then you’ll fall in love with our very limited high reserve coffees. These 6 high reserve coffees hail from 3 of our most popular origins. Not only are they extremely rare but they’re also extremely delicious. These are some of the…

The Roasterie Adventures to Indonesia Part 3: Takengon Back To Medan

After our Roasterie representatives had completely immersed themselves in Indonesian culture and the Sumatran coffee selection process, it was time to start the journey home. But the adventure wasn’t over yet for The Roasterie’s Jon Ferguson and Danny O’Neill! Combine coffee, wet-hulling and a volcanic eruption for Jon’s third installment of The Roasterie’s adventure in…

The Roasterie Adventures To Indonesia Part 2: Medan to Takengon

The Roasterie adventure continues with our newest Bean Hunter Jon Ferguson and the Bean Baron himself, Danny O’Neill. These two coffee crusaders have traveled all the way to Indonesia to bring the world’s best coffee to Kansas City. First they stopped in Medan where Jon experienced Indonesian culture for the first time. Now Jon and…

Prepare Your Office: The Roasterie Office Coffee Program Is Here

As many of you know, one of the main goals of The Roasterie is to provide the world’s best coffee to all of the coffee lovers out there. For too long, though, some of the biggest fans have had to caffeinate themselves with lackluster coffee provided by their office coffee service. That’s why The Roasterie…

The Roasterie Adventures to Indonesia In Search of the World’s Best Coffee

At The Roasterie, we are constantly searching for the best beans in the world to produce the world’s best coffee. This leads us on some amazing adventures to places exotic, beautiful and off the beaten path. Of course, this is no problem for any Roasterie Bean Hunter as long as the adventure leads to great…

‘Tis the Season: Help Operation Breakthrough Celebrate The Holidays

Giving is something we love to do. If you’re like us, you know that any act of kindness comes back to you exponentially. Everyone here at The Roasterie is so incredibly proud to serve the Kansas City community that has made us who we are today. Now that the holidays are here, it’s our turn…

The Roasterie Gives Thanks for our 20 Year Customers

When we officially opened our doors 20 years ago, our goal was to build something unique to Kansas City. 20 years, a lot of work, and a DC-3 later, it’s safe to say we’re proud of what we have accomplished.  Thanks to the people and businesses that have supported us, we’ve been fortunate enough to…

Don’t Be Fooled: Make Sure You Have the Real VooDoo Coffee

It’s recently come to our attention that the Roasterie’s VooDoo blend of coffee isn’t the only one on the market. To make sure our customer’s get the Roasterie quality they expect, we wanted to set the record straight so there’s no need for confusion. And the makers of the fake VooDoo blend do try to confuse you.…

Announcing New Roasterie Single Serve Coffee

You asked and we listened! In just a few weeks, your Keurig® coffee brewers will be brewing a higher quality of coffee: Roasterie coffee. We know many of you love the convenience of your single serve coffee brewers and we didn’t want to leave your tastebuds hanging. Soon even our busiest customers will be able…

5 Reasons Why The Roasterie Is The World’s Best Coffee To Purchase Online

The Internet is a glorious thing; with a few clicks anything in the world can be shipped to your door, even the world’s best coffee. Anybody can ship you coffee and say it’s really good, but only The Roasterie can ship you the world’s best coffee. Our coffee is the world’s best because it keeps…

20 Years of The Roasterie: A Look Back

It’s hard to believe now, but The Roasterie hasn’t always been a staple of Kansas City life. In order to properly celebrate our 20th year, reflect on how far we’ve come and thank our wonderful Kansas City community, we’d like to take you back to a day in the life of The Roasterie before it…

Bean Hangar Highlights: Interesting Events at the Roasterie

One of the great things about the Roasterie is that we provide so much more than coffee for Kansas City’s coffee lovers. Besides our commitments to quality, supporting our community and our fun factory tours, the Roasterie also has the Bean Hangar. While you may know that the Bean Hangar is the Roasterie’s event space,…

The Roasterie’ s Holiday Blend Coffee is Coming!

What is only around for 2 months, tastes like Christmas morning in a cup, and brings joy to all who drinks it? If you guessed The Roasterie’ s Holiday Blend coffee then you are on the money! Beginning November 1st, one of The Roasterie’ s oldest and most popular signature coffee blends is available for…

Kansas City Come Trick-or-Treat at The Roasterie Cafes

We love the Holiday season here at The Roasterie and with Halloween only a few days away our excitement is through the roof. This year we’re out to break our previous records. Last year at the Brookside and Leawood cafes we had over 1500 trick-or-treaters; this year we want to shatter that record. That means…

Pumpkin Spice Coffee Alternatives from The Roasterie

The air begins to cool, leaves are crisp under foot, and the sound of cider mills cranking off into the distance; brace yourselves, the time for pumpkin reckoning is upon us. Fall is here and with it comes pumpkin; lots and lots of pumpkin. In order to help you pace yourself and avoid pumpkin induced…

Follow The Roasterie Bride: Hilary (Part 2)

Here at the Roasterie, we love coffee and we love people, but we especially love when people who love coffee love each other! That’s just one of the many reasons we are so excited to be hosting the wedding of one of our favorite Kansas City couples, Hilary Saskin and Jim Embry. You may remember…

Get to Know Professor Bean Simeon Bricker

Born and raised in Pleasant Hill, MO, Professor Bean Simeon Bricker didn’t really think of a career in coffee; however, that all changed three years ago.  Simeon has a degree in studio art from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, but it wasn’t long before he made the transition into latte art.  In addition to keeping…

Q&A with Brookside Roasterie Barista Ashley Boeshart

As many of our fans know, The Roasterie is so much more than a producer of great coffee. We are also a member of the Kansas City community and pride ourselves on our commitment to customer service and a passion for excellence. That’s why we make sure to hire fellow Kansas Citians who share a…

Coffee-licious! Healthy Homemade Coffee Ice Cream Recipe

I scream, you scream, we all scream for…coffee flavored ice cream! We’re not sure about you, but we’ve never met anyone who doesn’t enjoy this cold, creamy treat.  But we have met people who have cut ice cream out of their diets because it’s not necessarily healthy.  In our opinion, everyone deserves a little ice…

Get to Know Leawood Roasterie Barista Donny Wallin

If you were to drop everything and get into your car, program your navigation to coordinates 38.912665/ -94.635254 you would end up very near to our Roasterie café in the heart of Leawood. Located in the One Nineteen Shopping Center and opened in 2010, the Leawood Roasterie café has everything one needs for a fully…

5½ Reasons to Take a Roasterie Coffee Factory Tour

So you love The Roasterie’s delicious coffee, but you want to get to know us a little better? Maybe you’ve even thought about taking a behind-the-scenes tour with us, but you weren’t sure what that entailed. Wonder no more! Here are the top five reasons you should join us on our next factory tour of…

Q&A with Roasterie Café Barista Nate Townes

Hey Prairie Village and Leawood neighbors! Grocery shopping just got a million times better thanks to the new Roasterie coffeeshop inside of the Corinth Square Hen House!  Not only has the store undergone a complete makeover, but it is now equipped with delicious Roasterie coffee and tea. Piloting the new coffeeshop is lead barista Nate…

Top 5 Most Common Coffee Mistakes

Have you ever had a cup of coffee that is…well…absolutely disgusting?  Whether it’s overly bitter, over extracted or completely watery, we’ve all had a nasty cup of coffee before (truck stop coffee, anyone?).  But how does coffee get to be so bad and how can we start making delicious cups of coffee every single morning?…

The 4 Best Coffee Pairings for Autumn

As days get shorter and the mornings colder, our coffee get darker and our mugs get warmer. This fall, enjoy Kansas City’s gorgeous season with your favorite Roasterie coffee paired with delicious food. Below we’ve shared our favorite fall pairings for you to try as the weather gets a bit chillier. Guatemala’s Vienna Roast +…

Around the Coffee Globe: The 5 Best Coffee Tourism Spots

Although Kansas City provides an array of coffee blends and cafés to visit, we can’t forget the places that have inspired all that is glamorous in our coffee scene nowadays.  From a recent blog by CoffeeKrave, we read about the top 5 destinations for coffee tourists.  What’s our reaction to it?  You’ll find out soon…

The Roasterie Bean Hunter’s Coffee Adventure in Brazil

The job of a Bean Hunter is that of travel and adventure.  After all, coffee doesn’t just grow anywhere. A Bean Hunter’s job may seem glamorous on the outside, but in fact, it’s full of long, tiresome journeys that can’t be accomplished unless you have a thirst for knowledge and a thirst for coffee. Our…

The 5 Best Ways to Enjoy Coffee in College

Oh, college; the best 4 or 5 or 6 or 7 years of anyone’s life.  It’s a time where not only do you find what you want to be when you grow up, but you also learn more about who you are as a person.  Ask our Bean Baron himself and he’ll tell you that…

Increase Creativity & Productivity with Coffee Shop Sounds

It’s 3:00 at the office and you’ve just hit a brick wall.  There are a few ways to get out of the 3:00pm lull: grab another cup of coffee, go for a brisk walk around the office or give up and rest your head on the desk for a quick nap (with the hopes of…

3 Coffee Certifications We Bet You’ve Never Heard Of

We use the term “Q Grader” quite often in this blog, and with good reason. Becoming a Q Grader is an honorable and distinct title that requires a lot of hard work and a fantastic set of taste buds. But if you think becoming a Q Grader is the only distinctive coffee certification, then we’re…

The Perfect Summer Coffee: Ready-to-Drink Cold Brew

RTD cold brewed coffee is a must-have during the summertime months.  What is RTD, you ask?  Ready-to-drink, chilled coffee for those who want their caffeine quickly and perhaps on-the-go! For those who love iced coffee, we have the Never Summer Blend.  It is absolutely delicious, but it needs to be brewed in the morning.  The…

Caffeine is Healthy? Get Outta Here!

Ninety percent of Americans drink some type of caffeine every day. While we all hear the doom and gloom of how caffeine can be detrimental and bad for our bodies, there’s no denying that it can be beneficial, especially during the crucial “pick me up I’ve got things to do” times of the day. For…

Becoming a Q Grader: What is the Coffee Sensory Test?

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” is a question everyone has a hard time answering. That may be because there are so many different options: astronaut, pro-athlete, janitor, doctor.  The only thing that really matters is that no matter what you do when you grow up, you enjoy it and do…

Follow The Roasterie Bride: Michelle

Coffee and weddings may not seem to go hand-in-hand at first, but here at The Roasterie, we sure think they make the perfect match!  As a matter of fact, our newly opened Kansas City event space, The Bean Hangar, has become a go-to venue for brides from near and far.  One of these brides is…

Roasterie Coffee Spotlight: Costa Rica

For this edition of our coffee spotlight, we travel to the country that started it all for The Roasterie. As the story goes, on November 22, 1978, a high school senior studying in Costa Rica picked his first batch of coffee beans. Diehard Roasterie fans already know that the high school senior we speak of…

Collaboration Dinner with Farm to Market and The Reserve at Ambassador Hotel

If there was an award for Best Kansas City Collaborations we would be the reigning, defending champs. Our latest collaboration is a dinner that may just knock you out of your seat.  Who are our collaborators? The fine folks at Farm to Market Bread Co. and The Reserve at The Ambassador Hotel. Go ahead and…

The Roasterie Celebrates Survival with The University of Kansas Hospital

One of the best parts of being a small Kansas City business is our passion (not to mention ability) to give back to the KC community.  Whether it be through handing out free coffee at Brookside soccer games or producing one of our many different Cause Blends, we love giving back, supporting the community and…

Roasterie 20-Year Customer Spotlight: Missouri Bank

When it comes to supporting its customers, Missouri Bank does it right.  From the bank’s furniture to its office supplies to its beer, Missouri Bank makes sure that nearly everything they use comes from a local customer.  And there is no exception when it comes to coffee. As a matter of fact, Grant Burcham, the…

11 of the Craziest Coffee Terms You’ve Ever Heard

While giving Roasterie factory tours, we often use “coffee jargon”.  We simply can’t help it–we’re accustomed to the coffee language!  We’re accustomed to coffee terms such as “crema”, “Arabica” and “chaff” and sometimes we get looks that make us realize we truly are just “talking coffee”. We’re not trying to be hoity-toity coffee snobs; we…

3 Refreshing Roasterie Cocktails to Try Before Summer is Over!

Sitting on the patio watching the sun set and sipping on a delicious cold cocktail is what summer in Kansas City is all about.  But summer is quickly ending, Kansas City, and we’ll be back to snowfall and freezing rain before we know it.  Let’s take advantage of the summer with some of our favorite…

Join us for August First Friday at The Roasterie

Get out your red pen because you have some editing to do to your calendar! Join us during First Friday on August 2nd here at the Bean Hangar for a very special event. What’s the special occasion you ask? Through The Eyes of a Child. Through The Eyes of a Child plays to the First…

Does Fair Trade Coffee Hold Up to its Name?

Imagine how many beans it takes to make a cup of coffee, got it? Okay, now pick one bean out of the bunch. That one bean has traveled a long and arduous journey to arrive into your cup. Along that journey it was carefully grown, picked, and handled by some of the hardest working farmers…

4 Crazy Ways to Reuse Coffee Grounds: Skin Care

Ahhh, coffee.  Most of us enjoy this hot beverage during the colder months (yet some of us still can’t get enough of it in the summer either!).  But if you’re not into drinking piping hot coffee when it’s so darn humid out, you can always try our iced tea, iced coffees, iced mochas and more…or…

Roasterie Coffee Spotlight: India Beans

If there is one type of coffee bean that truly stands out from the rest, coffee from India.  Beans that come from the country of India do not taste (or even resemble) any other coffee bean on the market today.  Why?  Because an Indian coffee bean is “monsooned malabar”. What is a monsooned malabar bean…

Roasterie Coffee Spotlight: Guatemala Beans

It wasn’t too long ago that our Bean Hunter, Paul Massard, returned from The Cup of Excellence 2013 in Guatemala.  We absolutely love our coffee farmers and our beans from Guatemala.  Why?  Because Guatemalan coffee has a personality all its own. The Guatemalan Coffee Regions Guatemala started with 4 main coffee regions.  Each region grew…

And The Roasterie Adventure Winner Is…

CONGRATULATIONS LOUISE ANDERSON!  YOU HAVE WON A BEAN PICKING TRIP TO COSTA RICA WITH THE ROASTERIE! We are so excited to finally announce the Grand Prize Winner for The Roaserie Adventure!  The Roasterie selected Louise Anderson from Fairfax, Minnesota to win not just a coffee bean picking trip in Costa Rica, but the opportunity to…

Coffee Spotlight: New Guinea Beans

In this edition of our coffee spotlight series, we’re heading to the world’s second largest island, New Guinea. Located in the southwest Pacific Ocean about 100 miles North of Australia and neighboring fellow coffee-producing country Indonesia, Papua New Guinea is home to the largest rainforests outside of South America. New Guinea is rich in culture…

Follow the Roasterie Bride: Hilary (Part 1)

Coffee and weddings may not seem to go hand-in-hand at first, but here at The Roasterie, we sure think they make the perfect match!  As a matter of fact, our newly opened Kansas City event space, The Bean Hangar, has become a go-to venue for brides from near and far.  One of these brides is…

Want to Find Your Favorite Coffee Blend? Try The Bean Navigator!

Just like Plato’s story that every person on the planet has another half, we believe the same about coffee.  In fact, the notion that some people “don’t like to coffee” is always a tough one for us to swallow (luckily we have tea and treats in our cafés!). Personally, we think that these non-coffee-drinkers just…

Congrats to the Last Semi-Finalist in The Roasterie Adventure!

We are thrilled to announce our 14th (and final!) Roasterie Adventure semi-finalist!  Congratulations to Brittney Hunter of Prairie Village, KS!  You’ve been entered to win a coffee bean-picking trip to Costa Rica! Brittney battled it out to capture the last semifinalist spot in The Roasterie Adventure with Sunita of Olathe, Kansas.  Brittney inched out Sunita’s…

Coffee Aroma Profiling with Paul: Le Nez Du Café

The translation of le nez du café is quite simply the nose of coffee.  Others, however, translate it to make scents of coffee.  In other words, le nez du café is the aroma of coffee.  To many, coffee smells like…well…coffee.  But to the experts, such as our Q Grader and Bean Hunter Paul Massard, coffee…

You’re Invited! Coal Vines, Vintegrity & Roasterie Dinner

Roasterie 20-Year Customer Spotlight: André’s Confiserie Suisse

Drive south on Main Street near the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City.  You’ll venture straight up a steep hill and pass by the Kansas City Public Library as well as a few chain restaurants and local eateries.  But keep driving a ways past some historic houses and you’ll find André’s Confiserie Suisse, a local…

Get an Inside Look at The Roasterie’s Air Roasting Process!

Sure, at our daily Roasterie tours you get a pretty good look at our coffee factory…but never have you had the chance to check out a live demonstration of the air roasting process!  If you’re interested in seeing exactly how we air roast our coffee here at The Roasterie, you’re in for a real treat.…

Coffee Spotlight: Ethiopian Coffee

Just like all of our coffee spotlight posts, we’re going back to the source. Ethiopia has long been credited as not only being the origin of coffee, but the origin of humanity itself! That’s right–Ethiopia is widely considered as the region from which homosapiens set out for the Middle East and beyond. It is also…

How to Keep Coffee Piping Hot for the Office

Not too long ago, we touched on the wonders of summer coffee–delicious iced coffees and iced teas from The Roasterie that we can all enjoy during these hot summer months.  But what if you’re still into piping hot coffee in the summertime?  You still came to the right place! One of the questions we get…

Drink Coffee, Give Back: The Roasterie Cause Blends

Here at The Roasterie, we believe that giving back and helping the community is one of the best things we can do in our free time. Our lineup of Cause Blends, also known as “coffee for a cause”, has grown steadily over the years due in part to great charities wanting to work with us…

Host Your Next Cultural Event at The Bean Hangar!

Perhaps the best part of our new Kansas City event space, The Bean Hangar, is its ability to transform to fit any event.  Our event space is simple, modern and industrial and with a few unique touches and strong vision, is the perfect space for any theme. We’re proud to host a wide variety of…

History of an Icon

Thanks to the incredible work of Jim Stella, we have learned the full history of the DC-3 plane that sits atop our Factory Café!  Take a look at our DC-3’s incredible history including where it’s been, what it’s done and the impact it has made on the nation.  A big thanks to Jim Stella for…

Roasterie Coffee Spotlight: Panama Beans

Well it’s that time again (no, not peanut butter jelly time…or hammer time).  It’s coffee spotlight time–a chance for us to help you get acquainted with our coffee origins! All of our delicious Roasterie beans have traveled across the world just to end up in your cup. The least you could do is learn a…

Our Newest Roasterie Product Hits the Shelves! Coffee Balsamic Vinegar

Oops, we did it again! The Roasterie has collaborated with another delicious Kansas City brand to create our newest product–coffee flavored balsamic vinegar! Where did this idea come from? Our newest collaboration is with The Tasteful Olive, Kansas City’s premier olive oil and vinegar store. The coffee balsamic idea started when Tasteful Olive owner, Jeanna…

Congrats to the 13th Semi-Finalist in The Roasterie Adventure!

We are thrilled to announce our 13th Roasterie Adventure semi-finalist!  Congratulations to Louise Anderson of Fairfax, Minnesota!  You’ve been entered to win a coffee bean-picking trip to Costa Rica! Louise’s photo is one of the funniest submissions we’ve seen in The Roasterie Adventure so far.  In the photo, Louise and her husband are portraying the…

Roasterie 20-Year Customer Spotlight: Balls Food Stores

Twenty years ago, our Bean Baron Danny O’Neill was given a hint of advice: it wasn’t just restaurants that he should stock full of delicious Roasterie coffee—he should focus on grocery stores too!  So, in order to make a mark in local restaurants, Danny approached Fred Ball, the current chairman of Balls Food Stores.  Lucky…

What Coffee Blend Should I Drink in the Summer?

  Happy first day of summer, coffee drinkers!  That’s right–June 21 is the official first day of summer across the United States.  Time to celebrate with fireworks, cookouts and…coffee? Who says you can’t drink coffee in the summer?  Believe it or not, we have delicious coffee concoctions just for the summertime! As a matter of…

Palate Fatigue: Yes, Your Taste Buds Can Get Tired Too!

It can happen to anyone at any time. One minute you’re feeling an indescribable vibrancy and next an emptiness. It has sidelined the most talented cuppers in the field for minutes; hours in more severe cases.  We are talking about the world of professional coffee tasting and it’s most common ailment–palate fatigue! Professional coffee tasters,…

Roasterie 20-year Customer Spotlight: Eden Alley

Coffee and meat have been a powerhouse combination for years and years.  Just take a look at our Super Tuscan Coffee Barbeque Sauce or our coffee-flavored rubs.  Both of these products are absolutely delicious when paired with steak, hamburgers or ribs. But what about coffee and vegetarian food?  Coffee and vegan food?  Coffee and gluten-free…

Top 5 Tips for Cleaning Your At-home Coffee Equipment

Cleaning: It’s a necessary evil of everyday life.  Cleaning is something no one likes to do, but everyone has to do it. We despise cleaning not because it’s a boring arduous task, but because it brings back memories of Mom saying you can’t play outside until your room is clean. Chores are the essential speed…

The Roasterie Costa Rica Trip: Thoughts from an Entrepreneur (Day 5)

WRITTEN BY HERB SIH In January of 2013, friend and fellow Kansas City entrepreneur Herb Sih joined The Roasterie on its annual trip to Costa Rica.  Never having been to a coffee bean farm, Herb was able to provide a fresh, new perspective for the coffee-growing region in the blog post below.  Herb also acted…

The Roasterie Costa Rica Trip: Thoughts from an Entrepreneur (Days 2-4)

WRITTEN BY HERB SIH In January of 2013, friend and fellow Kansas City entrepreneur Herb Sih joined The Roasterie on its annual trip to Costa Rica.  Never having been to a coffee bean farm, Herb was able to provide a fresh, new perspective for the coffee-growing region in the blog post below.  Herb also acted…

Roasterie 20-year Customer Spotlight: Lon Lane’s Inspired Occasions

Here at The Roasterie, we partner with more than just restaurants and grocery stores.  We are always interested in customers from a wide variety of industries—including the catering industry.  Twenty years ago, we were fortunate enough to find one of the most sought-after caterers in the Kansas City area: Lon Lane Inspired Occasions.  Lucky for…

The Roasterie Costa Rica Trip: Thoughts from an Entrepreneur (Day 1)

WRITTEN BY HERB SIH In January of 2013, friend and fellow Kansas City entrepreneur Herb Sih joined The Roasterie on its annual trip to Costa Rica.  Never having been to a coffee bean farm, Herb was able to provide a fresh, new perspective for the coffee-growing region in the blog post below.  Herb also acted…

Roasterie 20-year Customer Spotlight: Browne’s Irish Marketplace

Browne’s Irish Marketplace isn’t just Kansas City’s oldest Irish establishment.  It is also the city’s oldest retail business.  Established in 1887 by the great grandparents of the current owner, Kerry Browne, Browne’s Irish Marketplace truly is a little piece of Ireland hidden on the edge of Westport.  And as many close friends of our Bean…

Roasterie 20-Year Customer Spotlight: The Classic Cup

Ah, the Country Club Plaza in the spring.  There’s nothing like it.  The fountains are bubbling, the shoppers are milling about and the patio of The Classic Cup café is completely full.  The Classic Cup is one of the focal points of the Plaza—and it has been attracting Kansas City residents and visitors for over…

Congrats to the 12th Semi-Finalist in The Roasterie Adventure!

We are thrilled to announce our 12th Roasterie Adventure semi-finalist!  Congratulations to Oliver Sheley of Independence, MO (but also West Des Moines, IA and Columbia, SC…he travels a lot!).  You’ve been entered to win a coffee bean-picking trip to Costa Rica! The Roasterie has been a part of Oliver’s life since the 4th grade.  As…

The Perfect Father’s Day Coffee Gift (Under $30!)

Believe it or not, Father’s Day is just a few days away.  Now is the perfect time to shop for Dad.  And if your dad just so happens to be a coffee lover, we have the perfect gift for him! Wow your father, grandfather or any special guy in your life with Roasterie rub, ketchup…

Roasterie 20-Year Customer Spotlight: Boulevard Brewing Company

When many people think of the relationship between Boulevard Brewing Company and The Roasterie, they immediately think of the coffee ale that was put on Kansas City shelves early in 2013.  But did you know that our relationship with Boulevard has been 20 years in the making?  That’s right—one of our first customers was Boulevard. …

The Roasterie’s Best Blends for Home Brewing

Whether you decide to swing into one of our Roasterie cafés to grab a to-go cup of our latest blend or if you enjoy brewing up your own delicious cup at home, we have a coffee for everyone.  But this post is going to be on the exclusionary side.  Today, we are going to talk…

Which Coffee Drink Do You Want to See in Our Cafés?

Are we not serving something up that you think would be delicious?  Is your favorite coffee beverage missing from our menu?  Do you have a craving we can help you with?  If so–it’s time to get on Facebook! This month, we are featuring a poll on our Facebook page asking for YOU to give your…

Join Us for Afternoon Tea at Webster House

Quick! On the count of three let’s both say our favorite artisanal meringue-based treats to have with a cup of tea! 1….2…3… Macaroons! OK last one.  If you could pick one place to enjoy macaroons and tea from The Roasterie on June 8, 2013 where would that be? 1…2…3… Webster House! That’s right!  It’s time…

Let’s Talk Tea: Silk Sachets vs. Paper Sachets

Have you ever brewed up a cup of tea only to find that it tastes somewhat…papery?  We have too!  The reason your tea may have a paper-like aftertaste is because the tea sachet you are using is made of…well…paper of course! Paper Sachets = Paper Flavor When we developed our new line of Roasterie teas,…

The Roasterie Coffee Ketchup Is Here (Just in Time for BBQ Season!)

We love our coffee collaborations.  Not only are they fun to dream up, but they are even better to enjoy.  From our coffee chocolates to our coffee flavored barbecue sauce, we will stop at nothing to bring the coffee-loving community delicious new creations. But when we collaborated with Bruce Steinberg of Fine Vines Artisanal Ketchup…

The 5 Steps to Make the Perfect Cup of Coffee

“Perfect” is a word that is thrown around all too often.  Is it really a perfect day outside?  Is your neighbor’s lawn really perfect?  And of course, no matter what you may say, no one’s life is absolutely perfect. But there is a way to get the perfect start to the day…and we are here…

How Coffee Rebuilt the Country of Rwanda

When the average Westerner thinks of Rwanda, they often immediately think of the horrific genocide that took place nearly 20 years ago and left 800,000 dead.  Though the Rwanda Genocide is a big part of the nation’s history, there is perhaps an even bigger part that is rewriting its future—the Rwandan coffee industry. Known as…

Try Our Kenyan and Ethiopian Reserve Blends Before They Run Out!

We are excited to offer our latest shipment of reserve coffees here at The Roasterie!  The Kenya Nyeri Peaberry and Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Ayinage Reserve landed at the plant about 2 weeks ago…and the new shipments are going fast!  Our Bean Hunter, Paul Massard, discovered these wonderful treasures on his last trip to Africa and we…

Congrats to the 11th Semi-Finalist in The Roasterie Adventure!

We are thrilled to announce our 11th Roasterie Adventure semi-finalist!  Congratulations to Matt Johnson of Independence, Missouri—you’ve been entered to win a coffee bean-picking trip to Costa Rica! Matt’s winning photo shows a moment that he shared with his son’s Brookside soccer team.  Matt is the coach for his son’s team and appreciates The Roasterie’s…

Paul’s Guatemala Cup of Excellence Blog: Day 3

What an amazing day in Guatemala!  After the Cup of Excellence cupping this morning, I had the chance to explore the beautiful city and coffee farms of Guatemala.  Below are just a few of the photos I was able to snap along the way—including our incredible afternoon hike in the mountains, the coffee farm I…

What’s So Special About Jamaican Joe?

When a product is so popular that people try to sell counterfeits, you know it’s pretty good.  That’s exactly what is happening with Jamaican Blue coffee.  Jamaican Blue Coffee (often called Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee) is a specialty coffee grown in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica.  The coffee has a unique, mild taste that is…

Paul’s Guatemala Cup of Excellence Blog: Day 2

It’s Day 2 of the Cup of Excellence in beautiful Guatemala!  Today we tasted 20 of the 39 coffees from yesterday that made it to the second round.  Of those 20, 14 scored an average score above 85 meaning that they will make it to the next cupping round. Tomorrow we have to cup the…

Coffee 101: How to Use a Siphon

One of the things we love about coffee is its complexity.  What seems like a simple Cup o’ Joe goes through many steps and process to get that delicious taste we all love. We love using different methods to unlock different flavor complexities within coffee. One brewing method that yields exceptionally great coffee is the…

Paul’s Guatemala Cup of Excellence Blog: Day 1

I am so excited to be in Guatemala participating as a judge in the Cup of Excellence 2013!  It’s been a very busy trip so far.  I left Kansas City Sunday on a direct flight straight to Guatemala City.  Yesterday, the Cup of Excellence officially began. I am a part of a panel that will…

Brew Up Some Roasterie Iced Tea This Summer

Believe it or not, summer is right around the corner!  Summers in Kansas City are particularly hot and humid.  And along with the hot air and clear skies, the city seems to come alive during the summer. There is so much going on all over the city—First Fridays in the Crossroads, tours of the Roasterie…

Do You Have What it Takes to be a Roasterie Bean?

Not just any bean can become a Roasterie bean.  Maybe that’s what makes us different—the fact that we scrutinize, study and taste every single shipment that comes into our factory in order to provide you with the best coffee in the world.  So what does it take to become an approved Roasterie bean?  Probably more…

Mexico’s Smooth & Spicy Coffee

It wasn’t too long ago that Mexico had a “bad coffee reputation”.  The country was known to specialize in commercial-grade coffee for companies such as Nestle (specialty coffee companies and distributors didn’t go near the stuff!). Mexico has really turned its coffee culture around thanks to the coastal region of Chiapas, near the border of…

Missouri, Are You Looking for Dizzy Three?

Kansas has had its fair share of Dizzy Three, our beloved air-roasted espresso flavored vodka.  But what about Missouri?  Where can our fellow Missourians find the delicious Roasterie espresso vodka that we all seem to love so much?  Lucky for you—we’ve got the coveted list!  Happy drinking! Gomers Midtown Fine Wines and Spirits 3838 Broadway…

Congrats to the 10th Winner of The Roasterie Adventure!

We are thrilled to announce our 10th Roasterie Adventure Finalist!  Congratulations to Ashli Salman of Overland Park, KS—you’ve been entered to win a coffee bean-picking trip to Costa Rica! Every Saturday morning, Ashli and her best friend meet at the Roasterie Café in Leawood to catch up over coffee.  After they’ve had their fill, the…

We Love Our 20-year Customers!

We would not be where we are today without our team, collaborators and supporters.  But perhaps, most importantly, we would not be in existence today without our customers.  Our customers are the pulse behind The Roasterie and without them, we would not be celebrating our 20th Anniversary. A few weeks ago, we hosted an event…

Roasterie Event Space Hosts First Wedding Reception

When we opened our event space, the Bean Hangar, back in October 2012, we were thrilled with the potential it had.  We could envision business meetings, luncheons, awards ceremonies, cuppings, coffee competitions and parties taking place at the Bean Hangar even when the sawdust was still settling.  But perhaps most exciting of all, we could…

This Month at The Roasterie: May 2013

April showers don’t just bring May flowers…they bring specials, events and promotions at The Roasterie!  We’re excited to announce some fun events and specials (especially for you moms out there) in order to celebrate the beautiful month of May.  What’s going on at The Roasterie this month?  Take a look: Mother’s Day Specials! Tell Mom…

Kansas City Live Features The Roasterie & Our 20th Anniversary Celebration

We were thrilled that our Bean Baron, Danny O’Neill was able to sit down with “Kansas City Live” co-host Michael Mackie to discuss The Roasterie’s 20th Anniversary photo contest and 20th Anniversary Platinum Blend. Click on the video below to watch the Kansa City Live segment and learn more about our 20th Anniversary celebration!

Get Our Tri Hita Karana of Bali Roast Before It Runs Out!

Tri Hita Karana of Bali, one of our most special reserve coffees (also known as a micro-lot coffee), is almost gone! If you haven’t tried it yet, now is your time as we are down to our last 100 lbs of the Tri Hita Karana of Bali! This coffee is what we call full fruit-forward with intense…

The Coffee Cure: 11 Diseases Coffee Helps Prevent

Believe it or not, coffee can cure many different diseases. Considered by many as the first “super food”, coffee is full of antioxidants that help cleanse toxins from our bodies—toxins that can cause life-threatening diseases. When coffee is paired with an anti-inflammatory, like Advil, our favorite beverage can even kick hangovers to the curb (speaking…

Roasterie Photos: Debuting Our Platinum Blend!

The coffee was brewing, the noise was building and the applause was exploding at the Bean Hangar this April as we debuted our 20th Anniversary Platinum Blend.  In order to properly celebrate, we invited local and national media as well as our partners, collaborators and 20-year customers to our Kansas City event space. From lip-smacking…

US Coffee: What’s Coffee From Hawaii and Puerto Rico Like?

Americans love their coffee. Every day, over a 100 million Americans drink coffee and we spend $4 billion a year annually importing the best the world has to offer. But what many Americans forget is that some of the best beans the world has to offer are grown on American soil. The state of Hawaii…

Announcing Our 9th Roasterie Adventure Semifinalist!

It’s that time again!  Time to announce our 9th Roasterie Adventure semifinalist!  Congratulations to Jeff Garfinkle of Boston, Massachusetts!  You’re now entered to win our grand prize—a coffee bean-picking trip to Costa Rica! Jeff doesn’t just have a love for Roasterie coffee.  He has an addiction! Jeff and his wife are currently volunteering in Bhuj,…

This Month at The Roasterie: April 2013

Just because there aren’t many big holidays to celebrate in the month of April, The Roasterie still has plenty to celebrate!  We have kicked off the celebration of our 20th anniversary and we want you to be a part of it!  How can you participate?  Simply check back with us from time to time to…

The Roasterie 20th Anniversary Platinum Blend Now Available

It’s a big year for us at The Roasterie.  In conjunction with our 20th anniversary (can you believe it’s been 20 years!?) we are rolling out some new products in 2013 so the entire coffee drinking community can start celebrating with us.  One of our best products this year is our brand new 20th Anniversary…

What in the World is Espresso?

You’re probably thinking to yourself, “I know what espresso is!  It’s a special roast of coffee that is brewed in a special machine and comes in a special tiny cup!” We like your enthusiasm, but you’re not 100% accurate.  It is true though—espresso is brewed in a special machine (aptly named an espresso machine). And…

The Roasterie Debuts 20th Anniversary Platinum Blend & Celebrates Two Decades Of Adventure

After recently landing a full- DC-3 aircraft atop our headquarters and opening our third cafe in the Kansas City metro area along with unveiling our Bean Hangar event space, our company, The Roasterie, is turning platinum in 2013! After 20 years of serving only the world’s best coffee to Kansas City and beyond, our Founder,…

5 Tips to Make Everyday Coffee Even Stronger

How do you take your coffee? This question can be answered in a multitude of different ways—with cream and sugar, black, extra strong.  But what does “strong” coffee even mean?  Do you want a coffee that can bench press 370 pounds?  No, that doesn’t sound right. When it comes to coffee, you have to be…

Spring Has Sprung (And Your Garden Needs Coffee Chaff!)

Kansas City, the season we’ve been waiting for is finally here.  After a few major blizzards and unbearable freezing temperatures from November until March, it is finally beginning to warm up in our beloved city…and we at The Roasterie could not be more thrilled. Now that the sun is setting a little later and the…

The Roasterie Needs Your Votes in KCSourceLink’s Battle of the Brands!

We cannot thank our customers and fans enough for supporting us—from drinking our coffee to attending our events, you have made the first 20 years so incredibly rewarding.  And because of you and your votes, we have made it to the Championship Round in KCSourceLink’s Battle of the Brands! KCSourceLink’s Battle of the Brands takes some…

The Roasterie & SocialHeart Bring You Kansas City’s Vintage Prom!

The Roasterie is proud to partner with SocialHeart, an innovative organization combining social events with fundraising, to bring you Vintage Prom on April 20! The proceeds from this event will go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Here is the info, via SocialHeart: The 3rd Annual Vintage Prom is truly a throwback classic and is set to…

Coffee Lovers Have Coffee Livers (And That’s A Good Thing!)

After 20 years of serving Kansas City the coffee they deserve, we know our Roasterie brew is of the highest quality. We love providing people with a product that they deeply enjoy, and at times we’re tempted to think we’re in the happiness business. We have all experienced how coffee lifts the spirit, but we’ve…

The Roasterie Presents Half-day Workshop with Author Joe Calhoon

At the Roasterie, we support entrepreneurship. And on April 18, we will be hosting a half-day workshop at our roasting plant on 27th & Southwest Boulevard, featuring Kansas City author and strategist Joe Calhoon. This will be a special, intimate affair at the Roasterie Bean Hangar event space with coffee, tea and even an optional…

Congratulations to Our 8th Roasterie Adventure Finalist!

We are thrilled to announce our 8th Roasterie Adventure Finalist!  Congratulations to Lisa Finholm of Milwaukee, Wisconsin-you’ve been entered to win a coffee bean-picking trip to Costa Rica! Recently, Lisa moved from Kansas City to chilly Milwaukee, Wisconsin for her job.  Although she misses “camping out” to work weekends at both the Leawood and Brookside Roasterie…

We Put Our Love for Coffee into Everything (Even our Coffee Bar!)

Here at The Roasterie, we pride ourselves on creating the world’s finest air-roasted coffee using the world’s best coffee beans. When we decided to create a coffee shop right inside our roasting plant on 27th & Southwest Boulevard, we knew we wanted to integrate our love and respect for coffee into every square foot. When…

Vote for The Roasterie in KCSourceLink’s Battle of the Brands!

We cannot thank our customers and fans enough for supporting us—from drinking our coffee to attending our events, you have made the first 20 years so incredibly rewarding.  And because of you and your votes, we have made it to the Fighting Four in KCSourceLink’s Battle of the Brands! KCSourceLink’s Battle of the Brands takes…

Sprint Campus Roasterie Coffee Shop Now Open for Business!

We are thrilled to announce the opening of our first ever licensed coffee shop at the Sprint Campus in Overland Park, Kansas! Our Roasterie Sprint Campus Coffee Shop will officially open today, Monday, March 25, 2013 and be available to all Sprint campus employees.  The coffee shop will be open from 7:30am-2:30pm Monday through Thursday…

Bean Baron Reveals Startup Experience at Great Minds Think Big Event

Although our Bean Baron, Danny O’Neill, is an expert in the coffee industry, he is also an experienced and successful entrepreneur.  Because of his success with starting The Roasterie, Danny is often asked about his journey as a local entrepreneur—what was the hardest part?  What has been your greatest success?  How did you get started? …

The Roasterie Debuts Delicious 20th Anniversary Blend on April 9

2013 is a very important year for The Roasterie!  It’s our 20th Anniversary…and we have a lot to celebrate!  Producing such delicious coffee wouldn’t be possible without the help of many amazing, talented people—as well as our incredible customers. Because of these relationships, a passionate guy roasting beans in his basement has been able to…

Reserve Your Spot for The Roasterie Coffee Dinner at the Ambassador Hotel on March 27!

  Join us as we celebrate coffee, delicious food and the culture in Kansas City!  We are hosting an intimate coffee dinner with Reserve at the Ambassador Hotel in Kansas City.  Call Reserve to claim your spot: 816-289-7700. The Roasterie coffee dinner Wednesday March 27th   7:00pm $55.00 per person Amuse-bouche Seared scallop with green coffee…

How Much Is Too Much Caffeine?

At one time or another, we’ve all had a little “too much” coffee.  You know that slight jittery feeling you get when you just drink too much caffeine?  It’s the kind of thing you learn your lesson from quickly.  But it’s up to you to determine how high your “tolerance” for caffeine is.  After all,…

The Roasterie Adventure Semifinalist #7 Has Been Chosen!

We are thrilled to announce our 7th Roasterie Adventure Finalist!  Congratulations to Lara Carlson of Alma, Arkansas–you’ve been entered to win a coffee bean-picking trip to Costa Rica! Lara’s photo depicts her 21-year-old daughter, Kristen, on the wing on an airplane, drinking her favorite Roasterie coffee. Lara’s daughter has had her pilot license for about…

Tea Time, Any Time: The 10 Biggest Health Benefits of Tea

Whether you like it black, white, green or even oolong, there is one thing all tea has in common—tea makes our bodies healthier!  All teas come from Camellia Sinensis, a species of plant that is extremely beneficial and healthy.  And although we can’t help but obsess over our delicious coffee, once and awhile, we enjoy…

The Colombian Coffee Crisis (Will It Affect You?)

Before you take that first sip of your morning cup of coffee tomorrow, take a second to think of all of the people and steps involved in the production process.  Lots of people over thousands of miles. Unfortunately, one of the first and most important steps in the coffee creation process, bean creation and selection,…

Sign Up For Our Coffee Factory Tours Online!

Do you know how professionals and experts conduct a coffee tasting?  Do you know what the difference between Arabica and Robusta beans is? Do you know how we decaffeinate our beans?  Or just how we make the different flavored blends you love? You can learn all this and more at The Roasterie factory tours every…

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with The Roasterie!

March could quite possibly be one of our favorite months out of the entire year.  The snow begins to melt, the sun begins to set a little bit later, and perhaps most importantly, St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner. We want to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with you!  Stop by any of our…

What Exactly Is Micro-lot Coffee?

Let’s say you have an apple orchard. A majority of the trees on the orchard produce great apples. However, in one area of your orchard, there is this one spot where the apples are amazingly great. The trees in this little area produce crisper, juicier apples than the rest of the orchard. Generally, all of…

Roya (AKA Coffee Rust) Attacks Central America Coffee Trees

If you’re a coffee fan, we’re sure you’ve heard of the coffee tree’s sworn enemy: Roya! If you’re not aware of roya, it’s time to open your eyes and read up because, believe it or not, roya is becoming a major problem in some areas of the world…and kills the coffee trees we know and love! What is Roya?   Roya, also known…

The Best Beans in the World: Kenyan Coffee

Trial and error – sometimes the biggest key to success is simply not settling for anything but the best.  That’s what we firmly believe here at The Roasterie.  And after years and years of “coffee bean trial and error”, we found the best beans of the highest quality in some of the most amazing countries.…

Bean Baron Danny O’Neill Featured in Kansas City Entrepreneurship Book

It may only be one of a 22-story book, but Danny O’Neill’s journey outlined in “Entrepreneurs + Mentors = Success: 22 Convincing Stories” is well worth the read.  Our beloved President, Owner and official Bean Baron shares his relentless pursuit of a coffee dream in the book encouraging entrepreneurs in Kansas City and around the…

And the 6th Roasterie Adventure Semifinalist Is…

We are absolutely thrilled to announce our sixth Roasterie Adventure finalist, Jason Ebberts of Overland Park, Kansas! Jason’s photo depicts an image of The Roasterie DC-3 airplane with “coffee bean clouds”.  The photo idea came to Jason after many friends and family asked him what the plane suspended above Kansas City stood for.  After being…

Coffee Debate: What’s the Best After-dinner Coffee?

What’s your favorite Kansas City dinner? We had this discussion here at The Roasterie just a couple of days ago. We got a bunch of different responses: grilled ribeye from The American Restaurant, grouper from Story, the Z-man at Oklahoma Joe’s and many, many more. This discussion triggered another intense question. What is your favorite…

Delicious Coffee Recipe: VooDoo Steak & Sauce

Need a little recipe inspiration? We’re excited to share with you an easy recipe using our Roasterie VooDoo Blend, one of the signature blends in our Dark Line Coffees. The Roasterie VooDoo Blend is an elegantly simple dark roasted coffee that manages to retain a bold, smoky flavor. A fine nutty, even malty flavor finishes…

Take A Break from the Office…Work From a Café!

It’s February. The holidays are over and not many of us will be getting a day off of work for quite some time. With the monotony of day-to-day work life, things can get very boring. The same cubicle. The same coworker’s voice buzzing in your ear. The same phones ringing. The same microwavable lunch and…

The Roasterie Hosts First Barista Jam on February 28

Inspired by our 20th Anniversary celebration, we are thrilled to bring Barista Jams back to The Roasterie! Our quarterly Barista Jams are the perfect opportunity to learn about great coffee, compete in coffee competitions and get up-close-and-personal with our beloved Roasterie baristas! What else can you expect at The Roasterie Barista Jam this spring? A…

Announcing Our 5th Roasterie Adventure Semifinalist!

It’s that time again! Time to announce our 5th Roasterie Adventure semifinalist! Congratulations to Jaime Scheickert of Prairie Village, Kansas. You’re now entered to win our grand prize—a coffee bean-picking trip to Costa Rica! Jaime’s winning photo is of her and some of her best friends  at the top of Sunshine Peak in Colorado, right…

What’ll It Be? A Beginner’s Guide to Delicious Coffee Drinks

Whether you like it with milk and sugar, lots of foam, on ice or extra caffeinated, one thing is for sure—we all love our coffee.  And most of us take coffee a very specific way.  From the most simple (straight and black) to the most complicated (half skinny, half 1% milk extra hot Americano with…

Exclusive Photos! The 2013 Roasterie Bean-picking Adventure

It’s no secret—every year we take a week-long trip to Costa Rica to find the best coffee beans in the entire world.  But it’s not often that we share our Costa Rica travels with our online readers.  To show you exactly what our bean-picking adventures look like, we decided to share some of our favorite…

Come See The Roasterie at Sugar Rush 2013

Do you remember back to elementary school when you got your first valentine in the form a box of chalky candy hearts? Yuck! Thankfully the days of chalky candies are gone.  These days, we have the chance to celebrate even better Valentine’s Day treats.    And February 21, 2013 is the perfect day to do…

The Roasterie Sweetheart Mocha (For a Limited Time Only!)

We love you just as much as you love our coffee!  And in order to celebrate our love for coffee with you, we are stirring up something absolutely delicious this Valentine’s Day! Stop into any of our three Roasterie cafés to try a Sweetheart Mocha—only available in the month of February! What is a Sweetheart…

Coffee Aroma vs. Coffee Fragrance: What’s the Difference?

If you’ve ever been on Southwest Boulevard in Kansas City around 5:30 in the morning, you may have taken in the intoxicating fragrance that fills the air surrounding the Bean Hangar. We know—that air roasted coffee smell sure is tempting, isn’t it?  Well, breathe it in, Kansas City!  This fragrance our beans provide will actually…

Should I Buy Ground Coffee Beans or Whole Coffee Beans?

Should I buy whole coffee beans or ground coffee beans?  A question we get on almost every Roasterie factory tour! The Roasterie answer is whole beans, whole beans, whole beans!  Whole beans are more flavorful and produce that “fresh” quality everyone looks for in a delicious cup of coffee.  Ground beans, on the other hand,…

Announcing Our 4th Roasterie Adventure Semifinalist!

Now that our Roasterie Adventure photo contest has been running for one month, we are excited to announce our 4th semifinalist!  Congratulations to Mandi Anderson of Lenexa, Kansas!  You’re now entered to win our grand prize—a coffee bean-picking trip to Costa Rica! Mandi’s adorable photo depicts her 3 month old daughter, Neva, at her first…

Coffee and College Students: The Perfect Duo

We talk a lot about how coffee pairs well with a variety of different things.  Coffee and chocolate, coffee and barbecue even coffee and ice cream! But perhaps the most perfect duo of all is coffee and college students.  Long before 5 Hour Energy shots and massive, sugar-loaded neon green drinks, there was just one…

What is Air Roasted Coffee?

Most people don’t question our methods, they just want their coffee!   But for the curious ones who like to ask questions about our delicious Roasterie coffee (you know who you are!), this post is for you. We’ve had hundreds and hundreds of people ask us “What is air roasted coffee?”  “Why does The Roasterie use…

How to Set Up a Coffee Cart in Your Office

We were thrilled to learn the many ways that Roasterie drinkers like the folks at Think Big Partners have benefitted from an in-office coffee bar.  It seems like this Kansas City company has truly saved time and money by installing a coffee bar (and whoa!  It’s pretty fancy!). Not all companies are interested in purchasing…

First, First Friday at The Roasterie

Come enjoy the Roasterie’s First, First Friday! We are keeping our  event space in downtown Kansas City (just blocks away from the Crossroads Art District) open late to the public on Friday, February 1 to celebrate our First Friday ever. Observe the displayed artwork of Jacob Luke and Caitlin McKain, while savoring the rich flavors…

Where Did the Term “Cup of Joe” Come From?

For most of us, coffee is a good friend (to some people, perhaps a best friend!). And like any friend, we’ve given it a few nicknames—battery acid, bean juice, brain juice, brew, A Cup of Juan Valdez’s Best, java, jitter juice, jet fuel, morning mud, liquid energy—the list goes on and on. But if one…

5 Crazy Attempts to Ban Coffee

Murad IV Ghazi of the Ottoman Empire was not a fan of coffee. Find out why he banned it entirely. One of the biggest flubs in human history was prohibition. Honestly, can you imagine a world without some Dizzy Three?! Frightening, we know. Luckily for every responsible person over the age of 21, The Prohibition…

Roasterie Events: The Rieger Brunch and Chocolate, Coffee & Cognac

We may celebrate coffee on a day-to-day basis, but we also love throwing special coffee-inspired events with some of our favorite Kansas City restaurants and vendors too! This January, we are helping to host two amazing events right here in Kansas City! The Rieger Brunch What do you get when you combine a fine dining…

First Three Roasterie Adventure Semifinalists Announced!

In honor of our 20th anniversary, we are excited to announce The Roasterie Adventure, a photo contest in which participants are entered to win trip for two for coffee bean-picking in Costa Rica! We are asking participants to submit a photo that portrays The Roasterie brand in day-to-day life (through the Roasterie name, logo, product,…

Adding a Little Varie-tea! The Roasterie Launches New Tea Line

For almost two decades we have been known as the connoisseurs of coffee. And it’s true—we know everything when it comes to beans, brews and baristas. But we’ve been hiding another secret expertise of ours. And now, it’s time to share it with you. Here at The Roasterie, we are extremely proud to launch our…

Become The Office Hero with The Roasterie’s Cargo Coffee

It’s Monday morning. As you trudge into the office, you cannot help but notice the yawns, sleepy faces and puffy eyes of your coworkers in their cubicles. After an exhausting (but fun) weekend, the last place you and your coworkers want to be is sitting at your computers for 8 straight hours. But then, your…

Coffee Tasting How-to’s: Perfecting the Coffee Slurp

If you’ve ever been out to the Bean Hanger for a tour or cupping session, there’s a very good chance you’ve met our resident Bean Hunter, Paul Massard. And if you’ve met Paul, you’ve probably also encountered his famous coffee “slurp”. No, it’s not that Paul has poor manners—his loud, whistle-like slurp is the best…

$500 for a Pound of “Crappy” Coffee?

`Ever hear of coffee that has been made from…cat poop?  If so, you’ve probably thought it was just an urban legend.  The crazy news is, it’s absolutely true.  Many different coffee-producing countries have actually produced “crappy coffee”.  No, it’s not a cheap cup of coffee…it’s the exact opposite.  It’s the most expensive coffee in the…

Fasten Your Seat Belts! A Trip Across the Bean Belt

The DC-3 airplane isn’t just the essence of the iconic Roasterie brand—it’s also the mode of transportation that will take us across the world’s Bean Belt today! That’s right! It’s time to fasten your seatbelts because we’re taking you across our favorite region in the entire world—the Bean Belt. The Journey Begins: What Is the…

Coffee “Nose” Best! Does Coffee Cleanse Our Nasal Palate?

Ever walk around your favorite department store just to try on the newest fragrance? Whether you’re testing out the hottest new perfume or everybody’s favorite classic cologne, the experience is usually the same—the woman who spritzes it on your wrist is usually wearing black, there are usually plenty of samples to take with you and…

Win a Roasterie Bean Picking Adventure to Costa Rica!

In honor of our upcoming 20th anniversary in 2013, The Roasterie is giving you the opportunity of a lifetime. You could with the chance to become the Bean Baron and go bean hunting with The Roasterie in Costa Rica! How? Enter into The Roasterie Adventure! What is The Roasterie Adventure? The Roasterie Adventure is a…

Is The Coffee Tongue Map Accurate?

Today, we challenge you to close your eyes and imagine your high school biology class. Imagine your science teacher, dark-rimmed glasses, suspenders and all, asking you to open your old, musty textbook to page 193. You glance down at the page and see the picture of a giant tongue. Your teacher tells you that this…

Top 5 Coffee Desserts You Must Taste This Holiday Season

We love sweets. And we love them even more when infused with great Roasterie coffee! Desserts inspire a lot of the coffee recipes that are around today—from traditional coffee cake, to the gingerbread latte, to Tiramisu mocha. Coffee is such a versatile ingredient in the kitchen and it brings a toasty and complex flavor to…

Mug Shot Photo Contest Winner Announced (Plus a Once In A Lifetime Roasterie Opportunity You Don’t Want to Miss)!

A big congratulations to Holly, the winner of our Roasterie Mug Shot Contest! Last month, Holly entered her photo of our DC-3 plane into our Mug Shot Photo Contest. After much debate between The Roasterie board as well as two local Kansas City photographers Ron Berg and Michelle Jones, Holly was announced our winner with this incredible photo of…

The Well Serves Up Delicious Roasterie Coffee Cocktails in Kansas City

Winter isn’t just the perfect time to serve up delicious coffee…it’s also the best time of year to shake up some of the world’s best coffee cocktails! That’s why we’ve teamed up this winter with one of our favorite local bars, The Well, to provide Kansas Citians (and of course, their out-of-town guests!) with some…

The Mug Shots Are In…

The Roasterie Mug Shot Photo Contest has come to a close. We are thrilled with the participation and are simply blown away by many of the entries! Take a look at a sample of the “Mug Shots” that were entered into our photo contest below: Stay tuned…our judges (Ron Berg and Michelle Jones, two awesome…

The 12 Coffees of Christmas

Is there anything better than a hot cup of Roasterie coffee on a cold winter day?  We didn’t think so!  Let’s face it—winter, and Christmastime in particular, is the best season to drink coffee.  Coffee can warm you up after a long day of outdoor light hanging or can be served as a dessert after…

Under 1 Week to Submit Your DC-3 Photo into The Roasterie’s Mug Shot Photo Contest!

Friendly reminder!  You have just under 1 week to submit your best DC-3 photo into The Roasterie’s Mug Shot Photo Contest to win big!  When you submit your best plane photo to our Facebook page, you will enter to win a cupping for 4, free Roasterie coffee plus the opportunity to have your photo printed…

A Day in the Life of a Coffee Picker

To get a coffee bean from the mountains of origin to the inside of your local coffee shop takes a lot of hard work.  A single bean passes through many different hands before it becomes your favorite cup of coffee—and it all starts with the world’s hard-working coffee pickers. Thanks to our wonderful coffee pickers…

What’s the Deal with Decaf?

Decaf coffee.  To some, it’s the perfect after-dinner beverage.  To others, it’s a useless coffee beverage (what!? No caffeine!?).  But whether you enjoy decaf coffee or not, the popular beverage is here to stay. As we conduct our Roasterie tours, host cupping sessions and inform the community about coffee, we tend to get more and…

The Top 10 Coffee Stocking Stuffers

Ahhh…the holidays—the perfect time to sit by the fire with a loved one and drink, what else?  Coffee!  Coffee and the holidays go hand-in-hand.  The colder the weather, the more delectable the coffee seems to be.  So why not share the gift of coffee with your loved ones this holiday season? Although we have some…

The Top 6 Unexpected Places That Serve Delicious Coffee

Coffee isn’t just a beverage—it’s a culture!  In fact, coffee is celebrated in its own unique way all over the globe. You might think that it’s only lauded in the regions where it is grown, but believe it or not, coffee is celebrated even more in countries that do not grow coffee themselves. According to…

How is Flavored Coffee Made?

As any coffee purist will tell you, the best way to enjoy a cup is straight. But not everyone’s palate is the same. Some prefer their coffee to have a hint of hazelnut or a smooth touch of French vanilla. Although we often take it black and straight, we also believe there’s something about the…

10 Ways to Have a Holly, Jolly, Coffee Christmas!

There are a lot of great ways to have a holly, jolly Christmas; writing letters to Santa, wrapping presents, baking pies, heating up hot cocoa, playing in the snow, decorating the tree.  But what if you want a holly, jolly coffee Christmas?  That’s right!  There are many different ways to stir a little coffee into…

The Roasterie Mug Shot Photo Contest: Win a Cupping for 4!

Ever since we hoisted our beloved DC-3 plane above our Kansas City coffee factory, we have received some absolutely incredible photos of the new KC landmark from well…everyone!  There have been photos of our DC-3 Instagrammed on social media, sent to us directly via email, even used as a backdrop in engagement photos!  We could…

Top 5 Things Tourists Can Do In Kansas City

With the holidays right around the corner, many of you Kansas Citians may be bringing in guests for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukah and other celebrations.  But besides cooking, unwrapping presents and playing in the snow, what are you and your guests going to do in Kansas City?  Lucky for you, The Roasterie has narrowed down the…

[PHOTOS] The Roasterie Hosts Brewing Method Taste Test

“What’s your favorite brewing method?” is a question we get here at The Roasterie all too often.  But how could we possibly decide on just one brewing method as our favorite?  After all, each brewing method delivers a different tasting coffee.  And our coffee often turns out just too delicious to pick one method. In…

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Coffee (And May Not Believe!)

Think you know everything about coffee?  We have no doubt that you may quite a bit…but here at The Roasterie, we know it all.  And we’re ready to divulge you in the top 5 things you probably didn’t know about coffee.  Some of them may be hard to believe…but trust us!  After all, we are…

Coffee Equipment You Can’t Live Without—A Great Coffee Grinder

There’s an abundance of cool coffee gear out in the marketplace, and new gadgets and toys come out every day.  It can be really easy to get caught up by the shiny finishes and cool features…but what’s the one piece of coffee equipment you really cannot live without?  The answer is quite simple (and maybe…

Buy Your Coffee Gifts at The Roasterie’s Black Friday Sale!

Finding the perfect gift for a loved one is never easy.  You want the gift to be thoughtful, sentimental, heartwarming and useful.  Well we’ve got the answer to all of your holiday gifting needs!  If you’re looking for the perfect gift for your favorite coffee lover, look no further than The Roasterie this holiday season.…

Coffee Shops Use LED Lighting to Go Green

Go green. We’ve all heard this phrase many times.  And everyone seems to be embracing the environmental initiative.  From giant superstores like Walmart to the entire construction industry, from teaching children about recycling at a young age to purchasing energy-efficient appliances for our homes—everyone seems to be doing their part to decrease their carbon footprint.…

How to Assemble a Coffee Lover’s Gift Basket

It’s mid-November.  You know what that means?  It’s time to start making our wish lists!!  We are just as excited for the holidays as the next person—and with our annual Holiday Blend already hitting the store shelves (and selling like crazy!), we are more excited than ever to provide some of the greatest coffee gifts…

Top 10 Things a Great Coffee Shop Must Have

We all have a “favorite” coffee shop.  But why do we consider them our favorites?  Is it the music?  The great coffee?  The friendly baristas?  The warm atmosphere?  As we all know, the best coffee shops have the whole package—but what is the whole package exactly? If you have ever had the desire to open…

Coffee Lovers Rejoice: This is the World’s Best Coffee (For Real)

How many times have you walked by a coffee shop where a sign that reads “World’s Best Coffee” is displayed in the window?  Probably more than once.  But as we all know, these run-down coffee shops probably do not produce the world’s best cup of coffee.  And we also know that chains like Starbucks and…

The Roasterie’s 5 Favorite Coffee Inspired Thanksgiving Recipes

Halloween has come and gone, signifying the start of the big holiday season. Within the span of a little over a month there are some major holidays—holidays that require a lot of preparation, planning, and of course, cooking. The most food-centric of the holidays is, without a doubt, Thanksgiving. A day filled with football, family,…

Caffeinated America: Coffee and the US Presidents

Although coffee is most famously produced in countries like Ethiopia, Costa Rica, Brazil and Colombia, everybody’s favorite hot beverage has always been an American obsession.  There are coffee shops on every corner, coffee bars in thousands of corporate offices, even coffee competitions and contests.  Even America’s most well-known leaders have been obsessed with coffee of…

The Bean Hangar Event Space Hosts First Wedding Open House Event

Brides…bouquets…and beans!  The Roasterie is hosting our first ever Wedding Open House Event in our brand new Bean Hangar Event Space!  Come explore exactly what you can do with our event space as you plan your big wedding day. Not only will you have the opportunity to see exactly how gorgeous our Bean Hangar event…

[VIDEO] The Roasterie Bean Hangar Opens Its Caffeinated Doors

We love a good party as much as the next person.  But what do we love even more than parties?  Coffee-inspired parties!! For those of you who haven’t noticed (and we honestly don’t know how you couldn’t have!), we have done quite a bit of revamping to our renowned coffee factory.  In fact, two weeks…

Top 10 Ways to Pimp Your Coffee Bar

Let’s face it—we are fascinated with new toys. From shiny, new Hot Wheels to the next iPhone, from the up-and-coming digital cameras to sports cars. We all love our “toys”. And guess what? Our coffee “toys” are no exception. Not all of us are lucky enough to have a coffee bar of our very own.…

What Makes Coffee Go Bad: Keep Beans Away From These 4 Coffee Killers

What makes coffee beans go bad? Direct Sunlight Moisture Oxygen Heat Sunlight. Moisture. Oxygen. Heat. Four things that the human body cannot survive without. And although we often praise these three elements, they are also major killers of our favorite beverage, coffee!! How do sunlight, moisture, oxygen and heat negatively affect roasted coffee beans? The…

The Top 3 Countries for Picking Coffee Beans (From The Roasterie’s Q Grader!)

We all hear about the richness of Costa Rica coffee, the flavors of Jamaican coffee, even the boldness of Puerto Rican coffee. Each country may boast its own unique coffee beans, and many are absolutely delicious. But we’re picky here at The Roasterie—we want our beans to be the best. That’s why we rely on…

6 Cups A Day Keeps the Doctor Away: Is Coffee a Cure for Womb and Prostate Cancer?

We all know that an apple a day keeps the doctor away.  But can six cups of coffee every day actually help us avoid the risk of womb and prostate cancer?  In a recent article in MailOnline, it was reported that women who drink four to six cups of coffee (decaf or caffeinated) every day…

7 Ways to Stir a Little Coffee into Your Halloween

Caramel apples, haunted houses, jack o’ lanterns, scary costumes and…coffee?  That’s right!  It’s time for hot apple cider to move aside and make room for everyone’s favorite warm beverage, coffee.  Because believe it or not, coffee and Halloween make the perfect pair!  Here are 7 awesome ways you can stir a little coffee into your…

Can Coffee Really Cure a Hangover?

We’ve all been there.  You wake up in the morning with a raspy throat, unquenchable thirst and a raging headache. The sun creeping through the blinds makes your eyes sting and your stomach lurches as you climb out of bed.  Even a whisper seems like a yell. It doesn’t take a doctor to diagnose the…

A Great Cup of Coffee Starts with the Perfect Coffee Bean

A coffee bean.  It’s a silly little thing, isn’t it?  So small and yet so powerful.  A simple coffee bean, when roasted correctly, can energize our bodies, lift our spirits and warm our hearts.  Many of us celebrate coffee on a day-to-day basis.  But maybe we should be celebrating the coffee bean instead.  After all,…

Help Us Build Our Bean Corps!

From helping us pass out coffee at Brookside Soccer games to packing food at Harvesters with us, we have had the pleasure of working with a ton of amazing Roasterie volunteers.  Our coffee and our culture would not be the same without these people who dedicate their time and energy toward our community efforts. We…

Which Professions Drink the Most Coffee?

We can learn a lot from actor Mike Ditka.  From his hilarious roles on Saturday Night Live in the early 1990’s to his part in the 2005 movie Kicking and Screaming where he proclaimed that coffee is “the lifeblood that drives the dreams of champions.” Mike Ditka, we can’t help but agree.  Coffee is our…

4 Crazy Ways to Reuse Coffee Grounds

We all love a good cup of Joe, but not all of us like to clean up after making a cup. Isn’t that why we go to coffee shops and cafés—because it’s more convenient and doesn’t cause a mess in our homes?  Cafés allow us to go in and out with our favorite cups of…

Grand Opening: Inside the Brand New Roasterie Café!

Things are looking very different at our coffee factory on Southwest Boulevard.  Besides our incredible DC-3 plane lifted above the outside of our building, we’ve made some major renovations on the inside, too (after all, it’s what’s on the inside that counts, right?). The one we’re most excited about?  Our newest Roasterie Café! What’s not…

Roasting Up Our Brand New Site!

You may have noticed some pretty big changes on our site the past week or so.  That’s because we have completely remodeled, redesigned and reroasted our website into a new, interactive space just for our coffee lovers! Indulge yourself in our new, coffee-inspired site where we’ve brewed up some new, interactive tools for you to…

The Roasterie Debuts New, Vibrant Kansas City Event Space!

Ten years ago, our Bean Baron, Danny O’Neill, needed guidance.  When he started his specialty coffee business in the basement of his home in 1993, he had no idea what challenges he would face as he began building The Roasterie.  So, he found a mentor in the Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program (HEMP).  Years later, Henry…

Move Over, Red Bull Vodka! The Roasterie’s Dizzy Three Vodka is Here

We seem to have it all—coffee, tea, coffee rubs, coffee barbecue sauce, even coffee equipment, mugs and apparel. But we think we really hit the jackpot when we mixed two of our most beloved beverages together and produced the Roasterie’s Dizzy Three air-roasted espresso flavored vodka! You heard right. We took two famous flavors—vodka and…

Coffee Obsession: Which Countries Drink the Most Coffee?

There are times where it seems as if you can’t drink more coffee than the Unites States does. We have a coffee shop on every corner, in gas stations and even in our offices. We like our coffee made in different ways, too—dark, iced, with cream and sugar, latte, with whipped cream, even as a…

Roasterie Street Team Coordinator Needed! Apply Today!

Are you captivated by coffee? Bonkers about beans? Charismatic about caffeine? If so, the Roasterie is looking for you! We are on the hunt for a Street Team Coordinator—a job that will allow you to immerse yourself into Kansas City’s vibrant coffee scene. This job will turn you into a credible Roasterie brand expert, allow…

Roasterie DC-3 Plane Install in Under 2 Minutes

It certainly didn’t take just 2 minutes to hoist our beloved DC-3 plane above our coffee factory. But thanks to our friends over at Cinematic Occasions, our plane’s installation can be viewed in just a short, beautiful and inspirational 2 minutes. If you have an extra 2 minutes in your day, we recommend taking a…

Coffee and Meat: The Perfect Pair

Here in Kansas City, BBQ is a way of life. So why not blend every Midwesterner’s favorite outdoor grilling experience with everyone’s favorite morning beverage? That’s right—we’re talking about a combination of coffee and meat. And trust us—it’s a match made in heaven. Coffee grounds can be used as a rub for almost any type…

The Roasterie Fuels Groggy Iowa State Students

There’s no denying it—falling asleep in class (at least once or twice in your life) is inevitable. In college, we’re constantly sleepy. It’s tough to keep up with exams, late night study sessions, loud dorm rooms, crazy roommates and of course, beckoning frat parties. Let’s face it—we don’t like feeling sleepy. And we’re positive college…

11 Coffee Mugs That Makes Us Smile

What’s the one thing all coffee drinkers have in common? Individuality. There are millions of coffee drinkers, and each of them has their own specific way they take their cup of Joe. Some keep it simple; black coffee perhaps with a little sugar or sweetener. Others are as complex as the day is long; decaf,…

Watch Our DC-3 Be Lifted Above Kansas City!

Although we had hundreds of fans show up to watch our beloved DC-3 aircraft be lifted above our coffee factory, not everyone could make it out at 6:30am last Tuesday to watch this historic Kansas City moment.  Lucky for you, we had the help of some amazing videographers who documented every moment of the event.…

Drink Coffee, Live Longer!

Many of us were surprised (or perhaps flabbergasted is a better term), when the New England Journal of Medicine came out with a study that proved that coffee drinkers may live longer than non-coffee drinkers this summer. For years we have heard that coffee stunts growth, tints teeth and may even be linked to high…

Kansas City’s Coffee Scene is Brewing!

There’s something new in the Kansas City air. Perhaps it’s that crisp, fall chill we all know and love. Or maybe it’s the familiar scent of outdoor grilling for football tailgates. But in our opinion, it’s the warm smell of freshly brewed coffee that is truly taking over the Kansas City atmosphere. Why? Because Kansas…

The Roasterie Becomes Proud Sponsor of Brookside Soccer

Soccer and coffee—to players, the two may not go hand-in-hand. But for the parents who stand through hours of games and tournaments in the chilly fall air, soccer and coffee seem to be a match made in heaven! That’s why The Roasterie is proud to officially sponsor the Brookside Soccer Club and caffeinate tired, chilly…

Kansas City Celebrates Specialty Coffee Week with Caffeine Crawl

Coffee should be celebrated! Agree? We thought so. Well, guess what, Kansas City? Now’s our chance to celebrate everyone’s favorite caffeinated beverage for an entire week. Introducing, Kansas City Specialty Coffee Week happening September 15th through the 21st, 2012! Kansas City Specialty Coffee Week is the nation’s celebration of all things coffee. It’s an experience…

Kansas City, We Have Liftoff!

The air may have been chilly, but the coffee was piping hot. And although it was 6:30 in the morning, we had hundreds of Kansas Citians make it over to our Roasterie factory this morning to watch our beloved DC-3 aircraft be unveiled and hoisted above our factory to forever change the Kansas City skyline.…

The Countdown Is On!

Well folks, it’s finally going up!!! Please come join us for the installation of what may be one of Kansas City’s top icons for decades to come. Thank you to Mayor Sly James and his team for helping to make this happen! We’ll have the Airstream (our Mobile Coffee Unit) out serving free Roasterie Coffee…

The Bean Hunter’s Travel Blog: Africa, Part 3

DAY 5: Today was the longest day of cupping that I have had in a long time.  The power outage the night before halted roasting and left us with 46 samples to cup today, which comes out to a total of 194 cups.  The good thing was that it was broken down into 5 separate…

The Bean Hunter’s Travel Blog: Africa, Part 2

DAY 3: Today was the first day of the Rwanda Cup of Excellence and so we started the day with a cupper’s calibration.  Since we come from all around the world (13 nations between the 28 cuppers) we have to make sure that everyone follows protocol and that everyone scores the coffees somewhat similar.  We…

Bean Hunter’s Travel Blog: Africa, Part 1

DAY 1: After a long 28 hours of travel I have finally made it to the beautiful country of Rwanda.  As I write this, it is 9pm so I have not had a chance to see its beauty in the daylight.  When telling people that had once visited Rwanda that I was making the trip,…

Tour Flight Crew 7.3.12

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Tour Flight Crew 6.27.12

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Tour Flight Crew 6.8.12

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Tour Flight Crew 6.6.12

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Desperately Seeking Dizzy Three

All right, here’s the coveted list of locations where you can purchase our Dizzy Three vodka. As you read it you may notice that they’re all in Kansas. That’s simply because we can’t launch it in Missouri until July. When we do, though, we’ll sound the alarms and get those stores on the list for…

Bean Hunter’s Blog 4.27.2012: US Brewers Cup Competition

This past weekend I had the honor and pleasure of judging the US Brewers Cup Competition, which was held at the SCAA (Specialty Coffee Association of America) Convention in Portland, Oregon. For those of you not familiar with the competition, it goes like this: there are two rounds in which competitors must make coffee using…

Tour Flight Crew 3.30.12

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Tour Flight Crew 3.13.12

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Tour Flight Crew 3.12.12

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Bean Hunter’s Blog Extra: The Single Serve Cup Question

As most specialty coffee roasters have done and still do, we at The Roasterie dismissed Green Mountain coffee (GMCR), their Keurig machine and their Kcups as producing an inferior coffee that would not measure up to our standards. But by doing so we completely discounted the fact that Americans value their time– especially in the…

Bean Hunter’s Blog 3.8.2012

Last week I had the pleasure and honor of being a judge for the Iron Chef competition at the University of Missouri in Columbia. The great part about it was the secret ingredient: Roasterie Coffee. The contestents were given a coffee in all forms: dark roast, light roast, whole bean, ground– even in in both…

Tour Flight Crew 2.21.12

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Tour Flight Crew 2.17.12

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Bean Hunter’s Blog: Costa Rica, Part II

The second day in Costa Rica called for some sightseeing, so we decided to head to the Poas Volcano area to visit some friends and take in the sights. The drive up to the volcano was beautiful– miles and miles of coffee farms with amazing views of San Jose and the valleys below. Once we…

Bean Hunter’s Blog: Costa Rica, Part I

Though I’m a native of Colombia, the fourth-largest coffee producing country in the world, it was working at a mill in Costa Rica that I first learned and experienced the whole coffee production supply chain. From seedling to mature coffee producing trees, to the picking and collecting of ripe cherries, to the processing and drying of that…

Tour Flight Crew 1.27.12

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Bean Hunter’s Blog 1.20.12

Organic Coffee by Paul Massard, Bean Hunter There have recently been articles published condemning the consumption of coffee that is not organic. I will say that I agree 100% on the facts that organic coffee is better for the environment, as well as marginally better for your consumption but will disagree 100% with the allegations…

The Roasterie Newsletter January 2012

January 18, 2012 Dear Friends and family, I hope that this letter finds you all happy and healthy. It’s been such an awesome beginning of the year and the weather has been just incredible. We’ve been riding motorcycles, playing football, riding bicycles, etc. throughout December and January without a coat! In two months or so…

Bean Hunter’s Blog 1.6.12

Pour over vs. French Press by Paul Massard, Bean Hunter I often get asked the question “What’s your favorite way to brew coffee?” To answer that you have to really define which coffee it is that you’re brewing. Some coffees perform fantastically well in a French press, for example, but don’t really stand up when…

Bean Hunter’s Blog 12.29.11

Benefits of the Bean by Paul Massard, Bean Hunter If you’re like me you’ve probably been sprinting through the last week, waiting anxiously for the New Year to begin. It’s an opportunity to close out the old and start anew, a chance to move through the next year with purpose and  resolution. Who couldn’t like…

Tour 12.27.2011

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Tour 12.20.11

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Bean Hunter’s Blog 12.22.11

What’s Currently In My Cup? By Paul Massard, Bean Hunter One of the biggest benefits of being a Green Coffee Buyer and working at a roasting facility is that I have access to amazing coffee every single day. To give you some insight into my life, I’ll tell you a little secret:  I look forward…

Bean Hunter’s Blog 12.13.11

Cup of Excellence 2011 By Paul Massard, Bean Hunter We’re pleased to announce that we have added two new offerings from the Cup of Excellence program to our Reserve selection. Before I go any further, though, I would like to explain the Cup of Excellence program for those of you who might be unfamiliar with it. The…

Tour 12.9.11

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Tour 11.29.11

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Tour 11.28.11

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Tour 11.23.11

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Tour 11.18.11

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Tour 11.19.11

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Happy Holidays from The Roasterie!

Tour 11.2.2011

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Tour 11.4.2011

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Tour 11.7.2011

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Tour 11.15.2011

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Saturday Tour Flight Crew

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The Roasterie Newsletter September 2011

9-13-2011 Dear Roasterie Friends and FamilyIt feels so awesome to have fall upon us again! It’s always been a magical time for me and the older I get the more I love it. We’ve had a Norman Rockwell-style of a summer and each year I think that it cannot possibly get better, it does. I…

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Falling in Love With Coffee: Bean Hunter, Paul Massard

Most people know the story of when and how The Roasterie’s Bean Baron fell in love with coffee. It goes a little something like this: On Nov. 22, 1978, Danny O’Neill picked his first batch of coffee beans in the mountainous, coffee-growing region around the Poás volcano while studying abroad in Costa Rica. Right then…

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FAQ: How should I store my coffee?

As you can probably imagine, we get lots of questions about purchasing, storing and preparing coffee here at The Roasterie. So, we’ve called on our Bean Hunter and tour guide extraordinaire, Paul Massard, to answer some of the most frequently-asked ones. (We also made him pose for a very “smart-looking” picture.) Paul Says: When thinking…

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Meet Team Leader Joseph Smith (a.k.a. “Hazbean”)

Everyone asks “Hazbean” Joseph Smith if he’s named after the famous Mormon, so of course the Bean Beacon had to ask, too. For the record, he’s not. But he’s not just your Average Joe, either. Joseph grew up in Stillwater, OK and joined the Army Reserves at age 17. A year later, he was Active…

Coffee Tasting 101

BY TYLER ROVENSTINE, ROASTERIE BARISTA I hear people asking for “bold” coffee in our cafes. Simply put, “bold” is a marketing term that is overused, because it is vague. As I mentioned before, it is like walking into a candy store and asking for something sweet. A few weeks ago, I wrote about coffee descriptions.…

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Tricks of the Trade: How to Ice Your Coffee

by Paul Massard, Bean Hunter There are a few different schools of thought on how you should make iced coffee. The first being the conventional method in which you make coffee just like you would as if you were to drink it hot. Then you merely let it cool slightly, so that the ice doesn’t…

Coffee Talk With Tyler: Clover vs. Brew Bar

by Tyler Rovenstine, Roasterie Barista and Cafe Manager If you’ve been in to either Roasterie Café lately, you may have noticed that we removed our Clover brewers from our Brew Bars. Since we’ve been getting lots of inquiries about the Clovers’ whereabouts, we wanted to explain our thought process regarding this decision. New, Better Brew…

Coffee Talk with Tyler: On “Bold” Coffee

By Tyler Rovenstine, Roasterie Barista and Cafe Manager I love when our customers come to me with questions about our coffees. It shows that they want to educate themselves about what they are drinking, and I always love the opportunity to talk coffee with them. One of the most common questions I hear is, “Which…

Help Us Help Joplin

If you, like many people in the country, are looking for more ways to help the victims of the tragic tornado that struck Joplin, MO on Sunday and the volunteers who are helping them we have some: Cash for the Red Cross We’re collecting money for the American Red Cross of Greater Kansas City at…

Paul Explains it All after SCAA Symposium (Part I)

The Roasterie’s Bean Hunter, Paul Massard, recently attended the SCAA (Specialty Coffee Association of America) Symposium in Houston, TX. Here’s his report on the state of the coffee marketplace and the factors currently affecting coffee prices. This was my first year to attend the SCAA Symposium and I went in very excited to have two…

Road Trip with The Roasterie and KCPT

Remember when we went to Costa Rica on a bean-hunting expedition? Well, when the Bean Baron and Bean Hunter went? Some folks from KCPT went along, too, and documented the visits to the farms with which we do direct trade, and the child care centers we fund. Road Trip with The Roasterie and KCPT at…

Coffee History: The Coffee Filter

Today, Serious Eats explores the history of one of The Roasterie’s most favorite inventions: the coffee filter! And the credit for such a wonderful invention goes to a housewife from Dresden, Germany. As Serious Eats’ Erin Meister explains: “…perhaps the person the vast majority of us owe the most gratitude to is a rather unlikely…

Yes, you do need that coffee!

There are all kinds of studies touting the health benefits of coffee, but a new one suggests that the need you feel for coffee every morning, and possibly again in the afternoon, is not only real, it’s genetic. According to a study is published in the journal PLoS Genetics, researches have found two stretches of…

Mug Shots

Throughout the month of April, we’re asking our Facebook fans to upload pictures of their coffee mugs to our page. At the end of the month, we’ll replace ten of them with a Roasterie diner mug. But to keep it fun, we won’t reveal our criteria until we announce the winners. Here are a few…

How much do you know about coffee?

The Bean Hunter, Paul Massard, explains the coffee decaffeination process during a Saturday morning tour Test your coffee knowledge by taking our quiz: 1. Where does The Roasterie get its beans? 2. Why air roasting? 3. What the heck is a coffee cherry? 4. How is coffee decaffeinated? 5. What happens to the caffeine once…

Costa Rica 2011: Part 4

A cloud forest by PAUL MASSARD, BEAN HUNTER Day five of our trip started with a three-hour drive to the Aproceto Pierda Blanca cooperative mill, which is a great little two-year-old community cooperative with 40 members. In total, they farm just over 50 hectares. It was a beautiful drive though the country side, and it…

Costa Rica 2011: Part 3

by PAUL MASSARD, BEAN HUNTER Climbing down the ladder The next morning we all (except for Danny) woke at 6 and decided we would go on a quick hike to a near-by waterfall. After we got lost three times, we finally found the correct trail and were on our way. The hike was a lot…

Costa Rica 2011: Part 2

by PAUL MASSARD, BEAN HUNTER Our second day of coffee hunting began with a long drive back through San Jose and up to the West Valley; this is the region of the country where we get our Don Quijote coffee. Once we arrived at the processing mill, we started off by having a cup of…

Costa Rica 2011: Part 1

by PAUL MASSARD, BEAN HUNTER We arrived in Costa Rica ready for another adventure and that is exactly what we found. Our first day on the ground was a little confusing as it was Super Bowl Sunday and it was like Costa Rica had turned into just another American state. Every where we looked they…

Danny Dishes: Why Airplanes?

Does our coffee get transported in airplanes? And why do we use the DC-3 for our logo? Is Danny a pilot? Find out in our first-ever Roasterie podcast. LISTEN NOW: Why Airplanes?

Colombia Trip Part 1

Our trip to Colombia was absolutely spectacular and definitely one of my favorites thus far in my short time in this industry. This trip meant a few things for me: it would be my first time back to my home country since leaving at the young age of 4, as well as my first time…

At The Pack Expo

I got to spend a few days this week in Chicago at Pack Expo, and I can say that it was an extremely large eye-opening experience. There are machines out there that will do pretty much anything: robotic arms that can be adjusted to move just a fraction of an inch, packaging machines that will…

The Roasterie Newsletter November 2010

Dear Roasterie Friends and Family, November 2, 2010 My, my, is this the most beautiful fall you’ve ever had in your entire life? It is absolutely stunning! Today I had to snap pictures of the streets in Brookside as I was driving away from the church where we vote; it looked like a Norman Rockwell…

Grand Opening – The Roasterie Cafe Leawood

Win free coffee for a year! Visit our new Cafe in Leawood this week and email us your photo in front of the DC3 mural inside (before 5pm this Sunday). Then on Sunday evening at 7:55 PM, five minutes before The Next Iron chef airs on Food Network, Chef Celina will draw the winner for…

Bean Hunters Happenings

Well this mornings cupping was not as amazing as yesterdays…Decafs on the table, but surprisingly there were some really complex flavors of ripe fruit, vanilla and currant working together to really make some of them really memorable. It was an exciting morning overall as we were hosting some of our friends from The Arbor Day…

Daily Report from the Bean Hunter

We started the day off with a mind–blowing cupping session this morning with Normy. The first set we had were some pre–shipment samples of new crop Papua New Guineas and man, there were some beautiful coffees mixed in there: extremely fragrant, sweet and fruity, with an amazing and unique date and fig earthiness. It makes…

Health Benefits of Coffee

A coffee a day can also keep the doctor away! New studies are showing that the negative assumptions about coffee, regarding health, are false. Coffee, in fact, can have some very positive effects on one’s health. Here are a couple of highlights: Provides a large amount of a unique antioxidant that helps to reduce sugar…

How to Properly Store Coffee

Quality, freshness, education. That’s what The Roasterie is all about. Here are some usefull tips on how to store your coffee so that it is fresh and ready to brew when you are.•Make sure that you have the right grind for your coffee, as well as the right filter for your brewer. •We suggest not…

The Tall Corn State:)!

Heading to the IA State Fair tomorrow for the first since (lots of people smoking pot in that Seals and Crofts’ concert…they did not set a good example for me. Taking lots of water for our Bean Baron Portable Brew Bar. Look for photos…

Fabulous Recipes using Roasterie Coffee

We are going to occasionally start posting recipes that feature Roasterie Coffee. If you have any yummy recipes you’d like to share please send them to us at info@theroasterie.com. Thanks! This first recipe was featured at KC Free Press http://bit.ly/9LzZaY Roasterie TiramisuFor the blackberries: 1 cup fresh blackberries 1 tablespoon Chambord 1 tablespoon orange juice…

Who is Pat? Roasterie Ghost Stories

We’ve been placed on alert today at The Roasterie. Norm “Stormin Norman” Killmon our Master Roaster has notified us that he’s been having some strange experiences similar to the many that happened at our old plant at 2601 Madison. We were doing some reminiscing about every thing that happened at the Madison location and as…

The Roasterie’s Travels: Destination Brazil – Part 3

Day 3, November 9 This morning we all woke up early and excited as we were going to cup our first Brazilian Coffees. The bus left the hotel at 8am and we were off the Center of Coffee Excellence, where we first had a small course on coffee acidity and viscosity where we sampled different…

The Roasterie’s Travels: Destination Brazil – Part 2

This morning I woke up ready to finally taste some of this coffee that I had so anxiously been expecting. I felt like a little kid at Christmas, with all of this buildup to how amazing the Brazilian coffees are this year. So after a quick breakfast we were off the the center where the…

The Roasterie’s Travels: Destination Brazil – Part 1

Paul Massard is The Roasterie’s green coffee buyer and currently a juror for the Cup of Excellence in Brazil. Hello Everyone or Como Via Você (as I have quickly learned to say in Portuguese), My flight here to Brazil was uneventful, the flight from KC to Houston was quick and easy and I had the…

The Roasterie’s Travels: Destination St. Louis – Midwest Regional Barista Competition

This blog entry is courtesy of Amanda Butler. Friday: We woke up this morning to a bit of a torrential downpour, which is the last thing you want to see when you have pounds upon pounds of equipment packed into cardboard boxes that need to be carried out to a van. That was 10:00am. At…

The Roasterie Newsletter – Fall 2009

Dear Roasterie Friends and Family, Hi everyone! I hope your summer was great and your fall even better. In my last letter (August), I shared that it was by far the best summer of our lives and it’s migrated right to the fall, too. We were just getting ready to go visit Carla’s family in…

The Roasterie’s Travels: Destination Panama – Part 5

Day 12We woke up this morning and for some reason Danny’s phone said that it was 6:45 and we were supposed to meet grace at Deli Café for a 7am meeting. We rushed out of the room to see Mami a little puzzled. When Danny asked her why she hadn’t woken us up at 6:00…

The Roasterie’s Travels: Destination Panama – Part 4

Day 10The next morning we awoke again to the sound of the singing birds as well as the water rushing below us. We all took turns using the bathroom, as there were 4 guys and only one shower. After a short while we were served a regular Guatemalan breakfast of beans and eggs, which is…

The Roasterie’s Travels: Destination Panama – Part 3

Day 6Yesterday morning began bright and early with a wake up call to tour the farm Argovia with Bruno. It was a beautiful place that we were given the full tour of in an old, open sided, Jeep. We were driven up the mountain and saw all the coffee varieties they had; I even got…

The Roasterie’s Travels: Destination Panama – Part 2

Day 5So, today we woke up somewhat early and started our drive from Tuxtla, Mexico down to the Chiapas growing region. It was about a 5 hour drive and we experienced 3 military stops on the way to Tapachula, Mexico, which is right next to the boarder from Guatemala. From there we drove up the…

The Roasterie’s Travels: Destination Panama – Part 1

Day 1Well, the first day was slightly nondescript. Left Kansas city at 7 am and arrived in Laredo, TX (2 miles) from the border at 10 pm. 916 miles down, 2500 to go…woohoo! Tomorrow we will cross the Mexican border and drive to Jalapa, Mexico. We will be meeting Grace Mena from Natures Best Coffee…

Danny’s Newsletter

Dear Roasterie Friends and Family, August 24, 2009 Wow, another summer has zoomed by! I hope it’s been a great one for all of you. For us, it’s been the best of our lives. We’ve had monstrous amounts of rain and everything is green and lush; incredibly cool weather so we’ve spent most of our…

Brookside

I returned from a trip to Milwaukee last weekend and had the same thing happen that always happens, no matter where I’ve been: I fall more in love with Brookside.A couple of weeks ago it happened upon my return from Peru. I usually love just about everywhere I go and usually end up saying something…

New Bean Hunter

Hi everyone. I’d like to introduce our new Coffee Hunter, Mr. Paul Massard, by posting his travel summary of our latest trip to Peru. Paul joined us this spring and you’ll be hearing lots more from him in the coming months and years. Paul will have his own “Bean Hunter” blog on our new website…

Amelia

A few weeks ago my best buddy since we were five years old, PJ, bought a used John Deere Gator at a garage sale for Terry. It was $25 and in near perfect condition, save for the worn out wheels. Since it came with a manual, Terry and I looked up the number to order…

Exciting Coffee News!

The Roasterie Cafe: Now featuring TOTAL ECLIPSE wonderful new dark roast! (It’s so new it doesn’t have a logo yet!) Spectacular and exhilarating, a total eclipse is a rare phenomena witnessed by only a few. It’s this dark and unique beauty that has been captured in our new dark roast blend. Total eclipse is unbelievably…

We received a 90 on Coffee Review!

Coffee Review The Roasterie is proud to announce that its Roasterie Reserve Bufcoffee Nyarusiza of Rwanda was been given the outstanding rating of 90 by CoffeeReview.com. This score is a direct reflection of the hard work and skill that went into growing and preparing this special coffee. There is only a small quantity still available…

Brookside Cafe: Best of KC

Hey Roasterie Café fans! It’s time to vote…if you are so inclined:) Please click the link below and vote for The Roasterie Café for best coffee shop in KC. Thank you very much! This means a lot to our team. http://citysbest.midwestluxe.com/ Sincerely, Danny O’Neill Bean Baron

Roasterie Newsletter

Dear Roasterie Friends and Customers Here’s to a beautiful Spring and we hope that you are all making the best of it. No shortage of water here in the Midwest this year! We’ve been busy…extremely so. I told a friend the other day that they’re working me harder than when we started the company. We…

The Roasterie Cafe

The Roasterie Café is on fire! In witnessing our staff, I get the same feeling as I do while watching my kids do new and awesome things. I am so proud and amazed at the same time.It’s all about having the ‘who’…then the ‘what’. That is, having the right folks on the bus; then, worrying…

Living Life on the Rim, One Cup at a Time

I recently gave this speech at a Park University commencement. It was a great opportunity and a wonderful way to collect some recent thoughts. I’d like to share this with you. “Living Life on the Rim, One Cup at a Time”Park University Commencement SpeechSaturday, May 9, 2009 Good morning students, family, administrators, staff and guests.…

A Letter From Normy

Hey I wanted to post Normy’s Adventure Diary from our last trip to Huila. Normy’s journals are always very heart felt and I love to read them so I thought it would be nice to share this one. Reading it makes me feel like I am there in Colombian with all the people we care…

Cupping Notes: Newly Acquired Coffees

As many of you may know The Roasterie has a line of micro-lot coffees called The Roasterie Reserves. These coffees are purchased in small quantities and are chosen for their unique flavor profiles. We just love tasting and buying new coffees and this program gives us the ability to always be on the hunt for…

Some Pics from Rwanda

We will be launching a new Roasterie Reserve coffee this month exclusively on theroasterie.com and at The Roasterie Café. As you may already know I recently visited Rwanda and was extremely impressed with the infrastructure of the country as well as the kindness and pride of the people there. Ten years ago specialty coffee production…

I’m Off to Colombia!

Just started packing for a trip to Bogota tomorrow morning. While I still love going to origin, thinking about being away from kids makes me sad. But, it’s always good and we always learn a ton. Our green coffee buyer, Stormin’ Norman has been cupping all week with Cup of Excellence and we’ll meet up…

Success

Success has always been one of my favorite endeavors. I’ve generally measured it by “being the best that we can be” and seldom in monetary or financial terms. My dad raised me this way, and would always say “go your best”. And if we did our best, he was always happy and proud. But if…

The Roasterie Newsletter

Dear Roasterie Friends and Family, Happy New Year to everyone! I hope that this letter finds you well and happy. While we’re living under the same dark and sometimes ominous clouds as everyone else, we’re still seeing and experiencing lots of things to be excited about. And speaking of excitement, Sophia just turned 6 months…

Holiday Insecurity

Yesterday afternoon I was driving home, talking with a good friend of mine. He noted that it really didn’t feel like Christmas and I mentioned that I had heard that from at least a couple of dozen people already. We agreed that it was mostly due to the economy, as the weather was the most…

You never forget your first…

During lunch with a friend yesterday I mentioned how the older I get, the more fascinated…and interested, I am in time…the concept of time, the passing of time, the wasting of time, etc. Each year around this time I’m taken right back to the founding of The Roasterie in 1993. It was about this time…
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