Thursday, June 21, 2012

Quay Coffee opens Friday in the River Market

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Quay Coffee opens tomorrow.
  • Quay Coffee opens tomorrow.
Coffee brings people together, people like Cory Stipp and Tanner Stevens - friends who are now business partners preparing to open Quay Coffee in the River Market tomorrow. The new coffee shop at 412 Delaware, Suite B, will start serving at 6 a.m. in the space previously occupied by a duo of bean slingers - K City Coffee House and Wine Bar and Eljay's.

"We're excited to bring a neighborhood coffee shop back to the River Market community," Stevens says. "We want to connect with our neighbors and be open for times that fit into their life."

Quay (prounced key) Coffee is named for the historic area of the River Market in which it's located.

"Quay means dock or harbor. We like the idea that we could be that for people," Stipp says.

The walnut bar at Quay Coffee.
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  • The walnut bar at Quay Coffee.
That concept of connection has helped define the redesign of the space with Stipp and Stevens, who previously collaborated on the SideDoor concert space in Lenexa, spending the last month building a new showpiece coffee bar. The exposed cage lantern lights over the bar and retro style are courtesy of Stipp's wife, Vanessa, and Stevens' wife, Liz. Stipp says the inspiration for the entire aesthetic came from Portland, Oregon, where low-slung wooden bars in coffee shops felt like less of a barrier to conversation between a barista and customers.

"We have this open bar experience, where you can see and interact with everything," Stevens says.

And the baristas, Liz Stevens among them, will have plenty for customers to see. Quay Coffee is serving Oddly Correct beans via a pour-over method in v60 and Chemex coffeemakers.

"We fell in love with the guys at Oddly because of the passion they put behind the coffee. They do everything with purpose. Even their hours are limited because they want to spend the time roasting the coffee and perfecting the science," Stevens says.

In order to further showcase Oddly Correct, Quay Coffee will offer only vanilla and chocolate flavorings. The coffee menu is purposely limited with mochas, lattes, iced and hot coffee in 6, 8 and 10 oz. sizes.

"While people may want a 20 oz. frappe-mocha, we're hoping we can get someone to try an 8 oz. mocha so they get the right ratio of milk to coffee and can experience both as they're meant to be experienced," Stevens says.

Quay Coffee has free wireless Internet and a meeting space. Stipp and Stevens converted a storage space that can accommodate up to 30 people. The duo has plans to add seating outside in the future as well. The coffee shop will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

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