DESCRIPTION: The Roasterie is a specialty coffee-roasting company that is home to some of Kansas City’s finest coffee. This KC favorite produces air-roasted coffee from 100 percent Arabica Specialty Grade coffee, imported from 31 different countries. Perhaps more popular than the coffee itself is the free factory tour, where guests can learn about the process behind The Roasterie. No factory tour is complete without a cup of Joe in the Factory Café.
ADDRESS: 1204 W 27th St. Kansas City, MO 64108
LOCATION: Located less than 5 minutes from Downtown Kansas City.
WEB SITE: www.theroasterie.com
HIGHLIGHTS: The interactive factory tour takes visitors through The Roasterie production plant, where guest can learn about the unique cupping, roasting and blending process behind the air-roasted coffee. Guests may even get to start the roasters or may get to experience cupping coffee for themselves. After the hour-long tour, guests can unwind and enjoy a cup of The Roasterie’s finest at The Factory Café.
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.
ADMISSION: Tours are free.
HISTORY: The Roasterie’s story began on November 22, 1978, when founder Danny O’Neill picked up his first batch of coffee beans while studying abroad in Costa Rica. After falling in love with the people and their coffee, Danny founded The Roasterie in his Brookside 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 cafés in Brookside and Leawood, Kan. 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 all full of great options for a satisfying lunch or quick treat. Need some chocolate with your coffee? Check out Christopher Elbow Chocolates in the Crossroads. Or 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.
ANNUAL SPECIAL EVENTS: Be sure to catch The Roasterie team at local community events throughout the year for coffee tastings. Check out www.theroasterie.com/about/events for more information.
WHAT’S NEW: Coffee connoisseurs can learn from the masters at The Roasterie's Flight School Coffee Class. Each two-hour class ($50) teaches guests a unique technique related to home coffee brewing. Attendees also receive one bag of coffee and 10 percent off purchases made at the Factory Café. Call 816-931-4000 to reserve your spot.
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! Roasterie 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 www.theroasterie.com/about/tours for more information.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Take the MAX to the Southwest Blvd/26th stop.
From the north: Take I-35/I-70 South to exit 2A towards I-35 South. Then take exit 1B toward 27th Street/Broadway. Turn right onto W 27th Street and the destination is on the right.
From the south: Take US-71 N to exit 197 to merge onto I-670 W. Take exit to 2T towards I-35 South. Take exit 1B toward 27th Street/Broadway. Turn right onto W 27th Street and the destination is on the right.
From the east: Take MO-9 S and exit onto US-169 S toward I-35 South. Take exit 1B toward 27th Street/Broadway. Turn right on W 27th Street and the destination is on the right.
From the west: Take I-35 North to exit 235 toward Cambridge Circle. Turn right onto W 29th Street/W Greystone Avenue. Turn left onto Southwest Boulevard and then turn right onto W 27th Street. The destination is on the left.
PARKING: Free in the lot adjacent to the building.
PUBLIC RELATIONS CONTACT: Joe Wilkinson, marketing coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org or 816-931-4000.