Monday, December 27, 2010
In contrast to my subpar Starbucks experience yesterday, today I visited two pretty decent coffeehouses in Kansas City.
-Lattéland. This place is much better than its name suggests. Their espresso isn’t fantastic, but it’s decent, and more importantly they’re clearly attempting to make thoughtful drinks (designs and everything). Their seating area, wi-fi, and outlets are great for laptop work. I visited their North Kansas City location, which is on top of a hill with a scenic view of the Kansas City skyline. The only thing I would knock them for is not having ceramic cups.
-Broadway Café. This is a great little shop in Westport (which appears to be Kansas City’s resurgent hipster neighborhood) with excellent espresso, a decent number of seats, and plenty of ambiance. I personally disapprove of any coffeehouse not offering free wi-fi, but from the look of the place I suspect it’s an artistic decision.
I don’t have any good leads on coffeehouses in Kansas City, so I did some scouting via the online reviews. Looks like for my next visit, I should try to hit up Westport Coffee House, Crave Cafe, Crossroads Coffeehouse, and The Roasterie. If anyone reading this actually has firsthand knowledge of the KC coffee scene, do let me know.
Related: what kind of person rates their local Starbucks on Yelp? It really clutters things up. Are there really people whose decision to risk a visit to the nearest Starbucks hinges on the Yelp reviews?