America's Coolest Coffeehouses
The Roasterie Café: Kansas City, MO
Easygoing midwesterners can get serious about their java. The Roasterie, a sunny gas station–turned–coffee shop in the Brookside neighborhood, air-roasts its coffee beans rather than drum-roasting them. A stream of heated air is blown around the beans, toasting them evenly and whisking away the chaff, or skin, of the bean. The resulting small-batch coffee tastes pleasantly acidic and, well, coffee-ish. Pay the slight up-charge to get a cup brewed by the shop’s Clover machine (obtained before Starbucks bought the manufacturer and stopped selling them), and you’ll taste why Goliath wanted to take away David’s powerful slingshot.
Local Knowledge: Pick up some Roasterie Coffee Barbeque Sauce, two serious Kansas City passions united in one bottle. —Ann Shields