DESCRIPTION: The Roasterie Coffee Company is one of Kansas City’s premier coffee purveyors, a specialty coffee-roasting company that sources from across the globe, building personal relationships with local farmers who own and operate small farms. This KC favorite produces coffee from 100 percent Arabica specialty grade coffee imported from 31 different countries. Perhaps more popular than the coffee itself is the factory tour, where guests can learn about the process behind The Roasterie.
ADDRESS: 1204 W 27th St. Kansas City, MO 64108
LOCATION: Located less than 5 minutes from Downtown Kansas City.
HIGHLIGHTS: The interactive Factory tour takes visitors through The Roasterie Coffee Company's production facility, where guests can learn about the unique cupping, roasting and blending process behind the air-roasted coffee. After the hour-long tour, guests can unwind and enjoy a cup of The Roasterie’s finest at The Factory Café. And no trip to The Roasterie’s Factory location is complete without snapping a picture of the vintage DC-3 aircraft that crowns the roof, perched for takeoff.
HOURS: Tours: Monday-Friday: 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Saturday: 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. & 2:30 p.m., Sunday: 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. (Closed Easter and Christmas Day).
ADMISSION: Tours are $5 ages 12 and over (kids under age 12 are free), which includes a sample of Roasterie Cold Brew and Nitro Cold Brew.
HISTORY: The Roasterie’s story began on Nov. 22, 1978, when founder Danny O’Neill picked his first batch of coffee beans while studying abroad in Costa Rica. After falling in love with the people, the culture and the coffee, Danny founded The Roasterie in his Brookside neighborhood basement 15 years later, with the commitment to partner directly with farmers and pay above-market values to get the best coffee beans. Today, The Roasterie has expanded to a Downtown Kansas City production plant with nine throughout Kansas City and a drive-thru. One of the most renowned specialty coffee roasters in the nation, The Roasterie is still committed to producing quality fair trade coffee.
WHERE TO GET LUNCH: Nearby Union Station, Crossroads Arts District and Southwest Boulevard are full of great options for a satisfying lunch or quick treat. Ditch the car at Union Station and take the KC Streetcar to Farina and Extra Virgin at 1900 Main, both helmed by KC’s first James Beard chef, Michael Smith. Need some chocolate with your coffee? Check out Christopher Elbow Chocolates in the Crossroads. Stay on Southwest Boulevard and head to La Bodega for an authentic Spanish tapas experience.
WHAT’S NEARBY: Want more behind-the-scenes factory tours? Head down the street to Boulevard Brewing Company, the largest specialty beer brewery in the Midwest. A variety of tours are available, all of which include tastings of some of Kansas City’s favorite beer.
WHAT’S NEW: Coffee connoisseurs can learn from the masters at The Roasterie's Coffee Classes. Each class is held monthly and includes topics like Seed to Cup, Roasting, Barista Training, Pour Over Methods and Latte Art. All tours and classes can be registered for online.
DID YOU KNOW: Coffee bean chaff, the waste product of roasting process of coffee beans, is a great tool for gardening. Since The Roasterie is committed to being a sustainable company, interested gardeners can pick up the chaff at The Roasterie factory for free.
DON’T FORGET: Get The Roasterie delivered to your doorstep. Coffee lovers can join the Autopilot Subscription Club and receive weekly or monthly subscriptions of their favorite coffee for 10 percent less than the original price.
GROUP TOURS: Groups of 15 people or more are encouraged to schedule tours in advance. Please visit the website for more information.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Take the MAX to the Southwest Blvd/26th stop.
PARKING: Free in the lot adjacent to the building.
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