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Your guide to Kansas City’s coffee shops

If you don’t have coffee already in hand, consider this your sign to grab some at these locally-owned spots in and around Kansas City.

Messenger Coffee

A vanilla latte on the roof of Messenger’s grand location is Editor Bella’s slice of heaven.

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For richer or pour over, Kansas City’s coffee shops are what keep us going in the morning.

The City of Fountains has no shortage of masterful baristas, aromatic roasts, and foamy lattes. But if you’re having trouble deciding on a spot, gather some brews clues with our guide to some of the best coffee shops in KC.

Pro tip: If you need to refine your order, review the different kinds of coffee before stepping up to the counter.

Espresso yourself

Messenger Coffee, various locations | Messenger has a farm to direct relationship, roasting the beans right here in the 816.

Broadway Cafe and Roasting Company, various locations | This spot is running over 30 years strong with espresso available for purchase in store + online.

Parisi Coffee, various locations | Fun fact: Parisi owns and operates one of the largest green coffee storage + coffee roasting facilities in the Midwest.

Best bites

Mildred’s, two locations | The coffee feels like an added perk — with a stacked breakfast + lunch menu, and even a cocktail list for brunch.

Mother Earth Coffee Co., 3504 Gillham Rd., KCMO | Editor Bella recommends a BBQ Chicken Pita to accompany your coffee of choice.

Filling Station, various locations | From breakfast sandwiches to lunch bites to pastries, this station will fill you up with high quality eats.

Roasts to boast

The Roasterie, various locations | They don’t just boast their roasts, they give Kansas City the spotlight too with the Kansas City Blend.

Rochester Roasting and Brewing Company, 2129 Washington St., KCMO | This spot offers fresh beans, talented baristas, and other options like beer + tea.

Oddly Correct, 4141 Troost Ave., KCMO | Try one of Oddly Correct’s unique blends like the BAD DOG Signature Roast.

Perfect for a date

Thou Mayest, various locations | The River Quay location is perfect for a day to night date thanks to the late hours, or head to the Nelson-Atkins location for a coffee + museum date.

Front Range Coffee House, various locations | The cozy cabin vibes make this ideal for a night out with your crush.

Nirvana Coffee Bar and Game Lounge, 10707 E. Winner Rd., Independence, MO | Challenge your partner to a round of pool or try a new board game while sipping on a drink of choice.

Specialty drinks

Cafe Caphe, various locations | Try a variety of caffeinated bevs at KC’s first Vietnamese coffee shop.

Jinkies! Coffee and Hangout, 8350 W. 151 St., | Transport yourself to the 1970s with themed drinks like “Rolling Stone” and “Cha-Ching.”

Café Corazón, various locations | This spot’s seasonal menu is always worth checking out.

On-the-go joe

Made in KC, various locations | With locations all across the region, this is a reliable pit stop for your caffeine needs.

Splitlog Coffee Co., 548 Central Ave., KCK | This Strawberry Hill biz has a drive-thru — it doesn’t get more on the go than that.

McLain’s Market, various locations | Grab your go-to drink before you get to starting your day (and maybe a sweet treat, too).

Plenty of outlets and internet connection

Crow’s Coffee, various locations | Editor Bella spent hours working on graduate school home here, so trust us on this one.

City Market Coffee, 305 Main St., KCMO | Head upstairs for prime work from home vibes.

Headrush Roasters Coffee and Tea, various locations | Take your laptop out to the patio after charging inside for some fresh air.

What did we miss? If you know a coffee shop that’s not on the list, let us know using this survey.

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