Police said a man armed with a handgun and wearing dark clothing and a ski mask walked into the shop demanding money.The man ran off after getting some cash. No injuries were reported.
The Crossroads Coffeehouse opened in February 2010 in the former Coffee Girls space.
If you're passionate about all the facets of coffee preparation and drinking, this weekend's North and South Central Regional Barista Competition, presented by the Specialty Coffee Association of America and the Barista Guild, and hosted by PT's Coffee Roasting Co. of Topeka and St. Louis-based Kaldi's Coffee, will be searching for the best and most skilled barista in the North and South Central United States.
The events will be held at the Guild KC, 1621 Locust, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, January 18; from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, January 19; and from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, January 20. All the featured competitive events are free and open to the public. Coffee beverages will be offered to patrons attending the event.
The Roasterie owner is gazing through a wall of windows, looking up at the underbelly of a 1943 Douglas DC-3. O’Neill last month installed the refurbished aircraft (minus its heavy engines) at the top of the company’s West Side coffee plant. A line of 72 blue string lights trails the plane like a runway.
“It’s the spirit of inspired adventure,” he says. “Maybe I was a DC-10 pilot in another life.”
In this life — the past two decades of it, anyway — O’Neill has been a businessman, the hands-on leader of a homegrown success story. Painted on the plane’s tail is 5931, O’Neill’s Brookside house number. He and his family still live at 5931, the home where, in 1993, O’Neill started the Roasterie. (The airplane imagery has been a constant from the start, reflecting his lifelong passion for aviation.) His latest venture is the almost finished café space where he’s standing now, inside Roasterie HQ at 1204 West 27th Street. (In a few days, H&R Block is booked here for a corporate gathering.) Steel and dark wood have been trucked in daily to remake this six-year-old space.
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Parisi Cafe in Union Station is offering a free cup of coffee tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. They will also be offering a $1 off espresso drinks and medium/large coffees. A list of promotions from the national chains are after the jump.
One More Cup has a midweek mingle today from 4:30 to 6 p.m. with free samples of Toddy coffee, root beer chai, and other drinks and baked goods. Tomorrow, all 8-oz. lattes and cappuccinos are $1.95. Thursday, you should also get to Parisi Coffee early at Union Station. The shop is celebrating its one-year anniversary, and the first 200 customers get a free cupcake from Smallcakes. Homer's offers $1 scones on Thursdays and free coffee refills. And all locations of Latteland are holding happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. with $1 shots of espresso, and small iced and hot coffee through Friday, September 21.
A complete list of specials is here. Enjoy your caffeine.
"It's amazing what's happened in just a year. People are really focused on finding a great cup of coffee," Burton says.
The Sunday tour — tickets costs $30 — will feature stops at E.F. Hobbs, the Filling Station, Latteland, Mud Pie, Quay Coffee, Revocup Coffee Roasters and the Roasterie. Each will have a signature drink and offer insight into how they select and pour their coffee. Children are welcome on the tour; there will be caffeine-free options, but they have to purchase a ticket.
It’s going to be extra rich and extra wallopy Saturday, August 4, thanks to another local hero of the small-batch persuasion: Hammerpress. That’s when the two businesses release a limited first-run collaboration, 50 bottles of Hop!Toddy concentrate that they’ve dubbed “Mysterioso Industrioso.” Each 750-ml bottle bears a numbered, hand-printed label, designed by Hammerpress founder Brady Vest, and comes with a print replicating the label. (The package goes for $25.)
"I see my roaster pass me on I-70 and flip upside down on the median," Jurgens recalls.
He kicked open his door and pulled his passenger, Brent Larson, free. They watched as a river of gasoline ignited and headed straight for the 12-kilo roaster that Jurgens had just purchased in Memphis.
"I'm just watching it burn," Jurgens says, "And then I bawled like a baby." Ambulances took the men to Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence. It looked like the end of E.F. Hobbs, LLC.
Three and a half years later, the hospital is one of his main coffee clients.
Then head over to Parisi Cafe tomorrow between 7 and 10 a.m. for a free cup of coffee to celebrate National Coffee Day. The new cafe is setting up a pop-up drive-thru in the circular drive in front of Union Station, so you don't even have to get out of your car to take advantage of the offer.
You probably have no desire to have your inside mirror your outside right now, so hot coffee might just have taken a backseat to Diet Coke or some other method of caffeine injection this summer.
If so, you're missing out on one of life's great joys -- iced coffee. The Roasterie, in a move that's sure to prove popular as the temperature ticks up above triple digits, now has a new line of iced-coffee blends called Summer in the City. And this Wednesday, they're celebrating the release with a Summer Jam party.
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