Posted By Matt Falk,
Friday, September 28, 2018
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Coffee shops seem to be the perfect place for many things such as meeting with colleagues, warming up on a rainy day, or finally catching up on that book your boss won’t stop raving about. For the BioKansas team, it’s all about getting a break from the office and enjoying the different surroundings for a few hours. And since coffee shops are almost always on the forefront of every trend, almost all of them offer free Wi-Fi which makes it perfect for even more situations.
Now, more than ever, the Kansas City area is teeming with coffee shops; each offering a similar but unique setting. Below we’ve compiled our list of notable coffee shops that everyone should try at least once:
Thou Mayest Coffee Roasters
A KC classic located in the Crossroads off 18th and Locust. Thou Mayest is often one of the most popular names you’ll hear amongst coffee enthusiasts when naming their top places and it’s easy to see why. It offers a comfortable setting of classic tables with chairs as well as couches and more “homey” furniture. To add even more options they have a full patio and upstairs area with plenty of nooks and crannies for those looking to get away. They serve all of the coffee and espresso options you know and love along with fresh baked goods and even a cereal bar. And if you stick around long enough for lunch or dinner, you can go right next to Grinders next door.
Spokes Café | Cyclery
After being open for one year, Spokes is making quite the name for itself for going beyond just coffee. They offer a roomy setting at 12th & Washington in downtown KC. They’re a triple threat as they are a café, full bar (with a great happy hour I might add) and cycle shop. They serve the standard coffee and espresso beverages, but really specialize in serving hot breakfast and lunch. From biscuits and gravy to their Cubano melt, they have an excellent selection. But my personal favorite from there is their southwest breakfast burrito with chorizo and jack cheese. Make sure to ask for a cup of ranch with it to put it over the top.
Black Dog Coffeehouse
Famous in Lenexa and rated as the best coffeehouse in the state of Kansas, Black Dog has built quite the reputation and it is well-deserved. They offer a wide variety of coffee and espresso drinks all made right in front of you. Bigger than most other coffee shops, Black Dog is a popular gathering place for meetings both professional and personal. But what really sets them apart is that they are directly connected to Ibis Bakery. You can imagine the heavenly aroma right now can’t you? In addition to fresh pastries they sell a variety of freshly baked breads and other goods. And yes, there are free samples.
S&S Artisan Pub and Coffee House
If you have a meeting in Lawrence, check out S&S Artisan Pub and Coffeehouse. Sometimes after working in the coffee shop all day you begin craving a beer in the afternoon. And then after your beer you're feeling sleepy and could really go for a coffee. You can have this perfect infinite loop of coffee and craft beer at Shaun and Son’s coffee. They also serve food such as sandwiches, cheese plates, and avocado toast so why even bother leaving? But wait, there’s more! Why not add occasional live music to the mix? I know, you’re thinking that live music while you work sounds like a terrible idea but it’s usually soothing and conducive to work. No Metallica covers so far. They also have a nice meeting room in the back that can seat a group.
Do you have a meeting with someone who works/lives in Topeka but you work/live in Kansas City? Neither one of you is wrong, but you should meet in the middle – Lawrence! J&S is located on the west side of Lawrence right off of highway 10 and with fairly easy access to 70 so it checks multiple boxes for convenience. It also has that great mom and pop feel (because it is). Along with tables, J&S also has booths, which are super comfy, and help make meetings a little more secluded and easier to hear. They will also accept donations to the nonprofit Coffee Kids instead of tips so start your day off empowering young coffee farmers.
Colony KC is a hidden little gem just off of Route 9, north of the river. Easy to get to and with ample parking, the coffee is delicious, the atmosphere is quiet and there’s plenty of spots for meetings. They are also a small batch craft brewery and boast a large selection of pretty solid craft beers from all over, so if you’re meeting is in the afternoon, you can also opt for a cold one.
Mother Earth Coffee – Hyde Park
This is my go-to coffee shop, and you’ll find me working here more than at any other spot. There is always plenty of meeting space (with outlets) and both the coffee and the food are fantastic. Definitely try the waffle sandwich!
Starbucks at the Marriott Overland Park
There’s no better spot for meeting down south than at the Starbucks inside the Marriott, just off of College Blvd and Metcalf. You’ll never have trouble finding parking or a table for a meeting, and the location (just off of I-435) is amazingly convenient no matter where you’re coming from. In addition to the Starbucks, the Marriott bar is also located inside near the meeting space and the crowd is overwhelmingly business-centric.
Also, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention my favorite coffee shops from Manhattan, Topeka and Wichita. I’ll write up a lengthier description of these in another blog at some point, but here’s my list outside of KC:
Topeka – PT’s at College Hill
Manhattan – Radina's Bakehouse
Wichita – Reverie Coffee
Wichita – Common Grounds Coffee House
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