With Day One of the Kansas City Caffeine Crawl under our belts (and, surprisingly, a good night’s sleep tucked in there somewhere too), Amber and I set off for Day Two of our coffee adventures, this time with her husband and his friend in tow.
Another seven coffee stops? Bring it on.
Day Two started at About The Coffee, where we were shown how to roast and cool coffee beans using “standard household objects” like a popcorn popper and vacuum cleaner.
Now, look. Yes, a vacuum cleaner is pretty standard, and perhaps one day I will find myself pregnant and barefoot in the kitchen with a giftwrapped Dyson on the bench for my birthday. But a popcorn popper? I don’t know a single person in Australia who even owns a popcorn popper, let alone would call it a standard household item.
Obligatory “Hi Amber!” photo. Hi Amber!
Stop two was The Roasterie, which had recently installed an honest-to-goodness airplane above its production factory. Why? Don’t ask me. Boys and their toys and all that.
Wheeeee, lookee all the coffee! We tried three different beans (made into coffee, of course) at The Roasterie, and I became even more certain than I prefer earthy to tangy coffee. More importantly, however, I worked on perfecting my impression of how a coffee bean must feel when it realises it’s about to be roasted.
Coffee chocolate cupcakes were also on offer at The Filling Station, but they weren’t really my thing. I don’t love American-style frosting; it’s just too… much. Too sweet, too much.
What was not too much, but instead rather perfect, was Mud Pie Vegan Bakery and Coffeehouse. This was the greatest of all the stops oh yes indeedy yes yes. Not only did Mud Pie give us multiple lattes and chais made with soy, almond, cashew, and coconut milk…
…we were also treated to a plethora of sweet vegan deliciousness that made my heart shiver.
Ain’t no one a-gonna get between me and vegan peanut butter krispie slice, y’all!
That right there? That’s me, happy. So very, very happy (and a little crazed-lookin’).
I also tried the lemon bundt cake (not tangy enough for me, but I’ve come to expect Americans to over-sweeten everything), the vegan cheddar sausage scone, and the chocolate chip cookie. But nothing compared to the aforementioned peanut butter-y goodness.
At Quay Coffee we were taught how to make both nicely and badly brewed coffee in a Chemex, but I didn’t learn much as I was distracted by the barista who was clearly trying to flap his arms and fly away.
After this came a stop at Revocup Coffee Roasters where we tried several Ethiopian coffees. Sadly, my brain was confuzzled by this point and I didn’t take any photos. Our last cafe of the day was Lattéland Espresso & Tea, which served cups of espresso and little fig newtons. I, however, ended up wandering outside in a daze to sit in the sun like a lizard.
I only wish I’d smuggled out more Mud Pie Bakery goodies in my handbag to snack on like a lizard, too.
P.S. See Amber’s post on Day Two here.