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Topic: Article on Kansas City coffee houses (12 msgs / 440 lines)
1) From: Kimber M

For those of you that are in the KC area:  What are your favorite coffee houses (besides your own?)  :)  That article made me realize there are a lot of coffee shops that I don't know about here in KC and wondered which are good and the ones that aren't as good....

BTW - I guess I should introduce myself.  I've been lurking for quite some time now.  My name is Kimbers and I live in the KC area.  I've been drinking coffee since high school (and before that I loved the coffee candy that my Grandpa used to give me!!)  Started drinking espresso when I worked downtown KC.  And have been making my own espresso at home for over 6 years.  I have only been roasting my own beans for a little under a year though.  I had a friend give me an old hot air popper to roast with and then I moved up to a FreshRoast+ and now I'm anxiously awaiting the hopeful arrival of the hot top.  :)  Actually it was alt.coffee that made me move into roasting my own beans.  I figured if it was anything at all like baking I could easily do it.  :)  Now I can't stand the stale flavor of coffee that isn't fresh roasted.  Other than that I am a stay at home Mom to two little boys.  Kimbers

 


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2) From: jim gundlach
On Wednesday, September 25, 2002, at 07:30 AM, Kimber M wrote:
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3) From: jim jordan
Hi Kimber- I am out in the South end of KC, about the
only thing we have out here are QuickTrip stations and
a couple of Starbucks.  We used to stop by a cozy
little coffee shop but it closed when *$ came to town
( died of fright 6 months before *$ got their doors
open).  I was at a place on the Plaza (Classic Cup?)
and was real impressed when I ordered coffee and they
brought me a little French press.  Its a good thing I
am easily impressed because I don't remember the
coffee as being particularly good. 
I think we are on our own.  It doesn't take long to
get bad spoiled and refer to anything not fresh
roasted from SM as foul swill.
We should get some of the other KC folks together one
of these days and have a "sip in" and trade coffee and
true stories.
Cheers  Jim J
--- Kimber M  wrote:

For those of you that are in the KC area:  What are your favorite coffee houses (besides your own?)  :)  That article made me realize there are a lot of coffee shops that I don't know about here in KC and wondered which are good and the ones that aren't as good....

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4) From: Angelo
There's a coffee house/jazz club in NYC called the Kave Hause, or something 
like that, wherein they serve(d) coffee in small FP's.. I noticed that they 
would start the brew way before the waitress got around to picking it 
up...As I was not too much into coffee at the time, I don't remember how it 
tasted.
I think it would have been a better idea for them to pour the water at the 
table and let you decide when it's been brewed long enough. However, they 
would have to leave a timer with you...:-) I don't think French Press is 
the way to go. A small Hario would be much more impressive, though the 
timing issue would still be present.
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5) From: Dan Bollinger
I've been in a number of coffee houses that do this.  I'm sure the reason
for not bringing a teapot to the table is hassle-factor and liability.   The
ones I've been to say, "press it down in 3 minutes".  The one place in town
that used to do this now has airpots.  :(   I'm sure the cleaning labor was
a factor in not doing PPs.  Dan
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6) From: Steven Van Dyke
Kimbers,
Having sensitized myself to that stale coffee flavor I'm down to two places
I know of where I can drink coffee that I didn't make: The City Market
Coffee mentioned in the article (check out the cute little San Franciscan
roaster back in the corner) and Beano Express in Metro North Mall (I live
near it, work downtown).  At Beano he roasts his own but he's roasting for
sale, not for use, so he does larger volumes and they can only stay fresh so
long.  I usually get one of his flavored coffees (hey, it's better than
nothing!).
Most places I get their frappacino type drink.  By the time it's been that
far modified even QuikTrip's Coffee Smoothies tastes ok. 
Mostly I drink my own coffee - at work I have a little hand grinder
(Cabella's has them for just under $20) and a bodum gadget that's like an
inverted French Press. You put in the coffee, add the water (from the work
coffee maker's hot water spout) and let it steep.  When you set it on a cup
it hits a release ring and the coffee drains out through the filter screen
on the bottom.  Nice thing is it's about the same volume as my cup.
At home my ever-indulgent wife wanted to get me something really nice for my
birthday, on my birthday (ignoring the fine presents she'd already gotten
me).  Since we couldn't find a Solis Maestro 5000 in town we settled for the
somewhat more expensive Capresso C-1000 Super Auto maker that we could run
down to Williams-Sonoma and haul home.
Enjoy!
Steve :->
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Special Events Photography stuff)

7) From: R.N.Kyle
Hold on to that women at all cost.
Ron Kyle
Anderson SC
rnkyle

8) From: Charles Cowdrick
There is a Schomer-based coffee shop in Kansas City at 71 and Wornell, 
Bar Stephano. Guy that owns it used to work at KC's famous Corner. He 
has a 3-element LM "tuned" by Schomer and buys his beans from Schomer. 
He also sells one of Schomer's two blends. It's definitely fine 
coffee--shots are thick, and the latte art splendid. Service, location, 
and decor not so good, imo, but if you can't get to Seattle, this is 
the next best thing in KC.
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9) From: Steven Van Dyke
Ron,
As you can see, I'm *slowly* getting caught up to the list.
I *do* indeed hold on to my ever-indulgent wife.  Why just yesterday I
bought her a brand new vacuum cleaner!
That's just the kind of guy I am.
Of course, it's the new RoombaVac -http://www.roombavac.com- picked it up
at the local SharperImage store.  I figure it's the companion to the
FriendlyRobotics lawn mower she bought me last year.  Of course, just like
with the mower, the hard part is re-arranging the working area for the
robot.  For the mower I had to lay out a perimeter wire.  For the vacuum
I've actually got to put things away - oh the horror! 
Enjoy!
Steve :->
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http://www.cafeshops.com/stevespics<- my little store of Impressionist &
Special Events Photography stuff)

10) From: Steven Van Dyke
Charles,
Thanks for the info!  As you can see I'm *slowly* getting caught up.  71st &
Wornell is a bit South for my usual runs but it's good to know for when I'm
down that way.
Enjoy!
Steve :->
http://www.svandyke.com<- my simple home page
http://www.cafeshops.com/stevespics<- my little store of Impressionist &
Special Events Photography stuff)

11) From: R.N.Kyle
That should do it Steve
Ron Kyle
Anderson SC
rnkyle

12) From: Kimber M

Looks like I'm not the only one trying to catch up on my posts! 

Charles, Thanks for the information!!  If I'm out that way I'll give it a try.  I don't usually make it that far out these days. 

Steve,  Great photos on your website!! 

Kimbers

 

From: "Steven Van Dyke" Reply-To: homeroast To: Subject: Re: +Article on Kansas City coffee houses Date: Tue, 1 Oct 2002 21:13:45 -0500 Charles, Thanks for the info! As you can see I'm *slowly* getting caught up. 71st & Wornell is a bit South for my usual runs but it's good to know for when I'm down that way. Enjoy! Steve :-> http://www.cafeshops.com/stevespics<- my little store of Impressionist & ">http://www.svandyke.com<- my simple home page http://www.cafeshops.com/stevespics<- my little store of Impressionist & Special Events Photography stuff)


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