While fall and winter temps make venturing outside a chilly endeavor, a hot cup of coffee provides great incentive to do so! Kansas City B-cycle is open year-round. Guest blogger Ellen Schwartze shares a few suggested stops found along Bike Share KC’s B-Energized Coffee Tour
Start at my go-to workday hangout, Scratch Bakery. Their inviting space is always playing the latest music, and the cookies are worth every cent. The iced latte is my favorite in the city, but try it hot for fall, or get a cuppa local Hugo tea. I like to curl up with a book in one of the comfy chairs on the front window and pretend like I do this all day, every day.
Grab a bike from 8th & Broadway (possibly the prettiest Bike Share location!) and head down to Mildred’s Coffeehouse in the Crossroads (10 minutes). I love Mildred’s so hard that I’ve had to self-impose a visit limit, otherwise I would spend myself into deliciously caffeinated oblivion. If you buy just one thing here, make it the breakfast sandwich on wheat (or on jalapeño corn bread if it’s available). You’ll be in good company all day, since Mildred’s is a popular work day hangout.
Continue down Wyandotte to Southwest Boulevard where you’ll find sharrows painted on the street and PT’s Coffee Roasting Co. brewing warm beverages. (2 minutes. It’s really close.) It’s located in a space that was a pioneer in the revitalization of the Crossroads (then occupied by Coffee Girls). They often host local artists and have a hearty menu to pair with the coffee.
Head north-east on Southwest Boulevard, then north on Walnut to LatteLand – now operated by Kaldi’s Coffee. (You can drop the bike off at 13th & Grand or 10th & Main if you’re staying a while. 10 minutes.) It’s location in the heart of downtown provides for excellent people watching while you sip on a honey lavender latte or nom on a pastry. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you could visit their shops on the Country Club Plaza, since Bike Share just opened kiosks there, too! (So much easier than fighting for parking!)
Finally, pedal over to the quiet streets of the River Market to hang out at Quay Coffee (6 minutes). After several false starts in this space by other coffee shops, Quay’s friendly, educated staff are here to stay. They know everything about the coffee they pour, and are darn talented – with the awards to show it. (Barista Tyler Rovenstine is the regional World Barista Champion!) You’ll likely see friends and neighbors greeting each other, solidifying the neighborhood feel.
Drop the bike off at 3rd and Grand, or continue on to the next caffeinated adventure — there are so many great options in downtown KC!