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Friday, June 27, 2014

Crows Coffee opens in South Plaza next week

Posted By on Fri, Jun 27, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Everything is in place for Zach Moores' new coffeehouse, Crows Coffee. He's hoping to open the doors to the public next week.
  • Everything is in place for Zach Moores' new coffeehouse, Crows Coffee. He's hoping to open the doors to the public next week.


The original plan was for Crows Coffee, the South Plaza coffeehouse at 51st Street and Oak created by 38-year-old entrepreneur Zach Moores, to have its soft opening this weekend. But there are still some kinks to work out, so Moores has pushed back his first day of business until next Monday or Tuesday. (A grand opening is tentatively scheduled for sometime in July.)

But Moores is ready. His staff is hired, his machinery - including a sleek, flaming-red, Italian-made La Marzocco FB/70 semiauto espresso machine - is tuned up and ready for business, and the pastries are ordered; Moores will be selling baked goods from both Northland's Le Monde Bakery and local confectionery queen Chelsea Williams. The coffee comes from Shawnee-based Messenger Coffee. The only component still missing are the customers, but Moores envisions a full house - the room seats 42 - after patrons discover the place. There hasn't been a coffee vendor on this stretch of 51st Street since Muddy's closed in 2011.

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Latteland Espresso and Tea to officially become Kaldi's Coffee

Posted By on Mon, Mar 3, 2014 at 2:35 PM

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Latteland came under new ownership last year, but the transaction hasn't been very noticeable. That's about to change.

All six local Latteland coffeehouses are set to be rebranded under the name of their corporate parent, St. Louis-based Kaldi's Coffee. Kaldi's has been roasting coffee for the Latteland shops since 2007, and it bought the six Lattelands in 2013. Three of them are going under the renovation knife this spring.

So why has Kaldi decided now is the right time to change the name?

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

PT's Coffee at the Crossroads is set to open in former Crossroads Coffeehouse space

Posted By on Tue, Feb 25, 2014 at 5:06 PM


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The coffeehouse at 310 Southwest Boulevard - which opened as a Coffee Girls venue in 2003 and has operated as Crossroads Coffeehouse for the last four years - may officially start business as PT's Coffee at the Crossroads as soon as this Friday or early next week, says Fred Polzin, who founded PT's Coffee Roasting Co. in Topeka 20 years ago with photographer Jeff Taylor.

"We're just waiting for all the paperwork to be signed," Polzin says. "Everything's ready to go to close the deal."

The Crossroads location will mark the first PT's Coffeehouse outside of Topeka since Polzin and Taylor closed their retail-and-coffee operation in Overland Park 10 years ago. The staff from Crossroads Coffeehouse will continue to work at PT's. ("We have a trainer on-site to work with the staff," Polzin says.)

Polzin says it will take another month (which may involve two days where the business is closed) to complete some cosmetic renovations to the interior of the building as well as the counter and the seats. PT's Coffee is already being served at the venue.

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Friday, December 27, 2013

Celina Tio opened the Belfry last night with private event

Posted By on Fri, Dec 27, 2013 at 8:33 AM

Celina Tio, who owns the Julian restaurant in Brookside and the more recent Collection venue at 15th Street and Grand, is ready to open the doors to the Belfry, her newest project. - CAROL MEUNIER
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  • Celina Tio, who owns the Julian restaurant in Brookside and the more recent Collection venue at 15th Street and Grand, is ready to open the doors to the Belfry, her newest project.

Yesterday at 3 p.m., the bar in the Belfry - chef Celina Tio's casual saloon and coffee-bar concept adjacent to her seven-month-old Collection restaurant at 1532 Grand - was practically vibrating with activity: The concrete floor was being scrubbed; the bar, created out of old reclaimed wood panels, was polished; and all of the liquor was being stocked behind the bar. Last night, Tio was hosting the first of two soft openings (the second is tonight) for the Belfry before its official opening this weekend.

Tio says she's waiting until January 9 to host a "grand opening" for the Belfry and the Collection," but both venues will be open to the public until then.

Tio pointed to the state flag of Pennsylvania hanging on a pistachio-colored wall in a corner of the room, a former showroom for a plumbing supply company. The Belfry and the Collection are names taken from gathering places in the private boarding school in Pennsylvania that Tio attended as a youngster. Tio had hoped to open the Belfry soon after the Collection opened last summer, but construction delays slowed the process. Her first preview of the space was in November.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Sitting in with Broadway's Wednesday cupping class

Posted By on Wed, Oct 9, 2013 at 9:30 AM

The Wednesday mocha tasting class at Broadway.
As the clock ticks toward noon, barista Emily Norton tamps down the last of four espresso shots she has pulled for a flight of mochas. Norton, alongside Broadway Café and Roasting Co. co-owner Jon Cates, is about to lead a free tasting class on iced mochas.

Since January, Broadway has held these Wednesday tasting adventures at its roasting facility and café at 4012 Washington.

"If you know a little bit about coffee, then you can know a lot more than the average person," says Norton, who suggested the tasting idea during her job interview last September. "And you can learn a great deal in a really short period of time."

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Caffeine Crawl tickets go on sale Thursday

Posted By on Tue, Jul 30, 2013 at 8:47 AM

The tour that runs on caffeine returns this fall.
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  • The tour that runs on caffeine returns this fall.
Get your coffee fix for all of November at the Caffeine Crawl. The third annual tour of coffee and tea shops around the metro has expanded into a three-day affair from Friday, November 1, through Sunday, November 3. It's a chance to learn about different methods of coffee and tea preparation, as well as the coffeehouses in the city.

On Friday, the tour starts at 5 p.m. and stops by Oddly Correct, Quay Coffee, Shang Tea and Foo's Fabulous Custard. On Saturday, it's from 10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. with the Filling Station, Broadway Roasting Co. and Annedore's Chocolates among the stops. And on Sunday, Parisi, Latteland and the Roasterie headline the 11 a.m.-3:45 p.m. jaunt.

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Friday, June 28, 2013

Eleos Coffee House: Coffee, sandwiches and a little Gospel

Posted By on Fri, Jun 28, 2013 at 7:21 AM

Theres a little java -- and Jesus -- brewing at Eleos Coffee on Independence Avenue.
  • There's a little java - and Jesus - brewing at Eleos Coffee on Independence Avenue.

There are coffeehouses - quiet places to sip a latte, read a magazine, eat a pastry - in almost every neighborhood in the Kansas City metro. In the city's Historic Northeast, not so much. There are plenty of saloons in this area, which boasts the town's first upscale suburb, Pendleton Heights, but even the neighborhood's current gentrification hasn't lured in a bevy of new coffeehouses and art galleries...yet.

But 18 months ago, a clean-cut former Olathe resident, Dan Smith, moved his wife, Wendy, and four children to the area and renovated a two-story building at 3401 East Independence Avenue (it was formerly a second-hand store) to become Eleos Coffee House, where he roasts coffee, serves coffee and conducts Bible study groups every morning at 10 a.m.

"They're not in your face about the religion thing," says actor Ron Megee, who lives a few blocks away. "And the coffee is great."

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Parisi's Pete Licata talks about what happens after you're named the best barista in the world

Posted By on Tue, Jun 4, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Licata holds the trophy he won in Melbourne.
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  • Licata holds the trophy he won in Melbourne.
After eight years on the competition circuit, Pete Licata is walking away as the best barista in the world. The quality assurance manager for Parisi Coffee won the World Barista Championship held on May 26 in Melbourne, Australia. The Pitch caught up with Licata, 34, via e-mail to find out what's next now that he's once again mixing up drinks stateside.

The Pitch: What's it like to the best barista in the world?

Licata: To be honest, I don't think it has sunk in yet. The world title is one that I have sought for so long, and now that I have it I am a little in shock! To me it does mean a few things. My perspectives are valued by the industry, and I am now a representative for people worldwide who love specialty coffee. It is an honor and a privilege.

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Parisi's Pete Licata is a World Barista Championship semifinalist

Posted By on Fri, May 24, 2013 at 8:39 AM

Licasa competes at the WBC.
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  • Licasa competes at the WBC.
The beans were ground. The grounds were packed. And steam rose like a locomotive. And when it was all said and done, Parisi Coffee's Pete Licata had been declared one of the 12 best baristas in the world.

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Oddly Correct and Hammerpress are collaborating on Heirloom Coffee Box Sets

Posted By on Thu, Apr 25, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Oddly Correct continues to try and perfect the art of single-origin bean selection.
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  • Oddly Correct continues to try and perfect the art of single-origin bean selection.
The worlds of art and coffee will continue to blend at Oddly Correct this summer. Gregory Kolsto's Main Street coffee shop and roaster is once again collaborating with Hammerpress in the Crossroads. Last year, it was hop!toddy (bottled toddy coffee), and now the two are combining forces on a four-month series of Heirloom Coffee Box Sets.

"We always want to add a little extra something into our experiences," Kolsto says. "And this allows us to share mediums."

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