Friday, September 24, 2010

The Top 10 Kansas City Coffee Shops

David Letterman once said, “If it weren’t for the coffee, I’d have no identifiable personality whatsoever.”

This notion, terrifyingly enough, may actually be true for a lot of people. The fact of the matter is, coffee is what makes the world go round these days. Coffee has become such a phenomenon because of companies such as Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, and Seattle’s Best, that today, a lot of people cannot function without this hot, caffeinated beverage. This is especially true for startups and serious entrepreneurs. Most cannot imagine going a day without at least one cup of the brew.

Because of coffee’s popular demand, many small, eclectic coffee shops have also been thriving, especially in the downtown Kansas City area. There are literally hundreds of Kansas City coffee shops to choose from. There’s Mildred’s Coffeehouse in the Crossroads District, Parisi Coffee not too far away, the ever-popular YJ’s Snack Shop, and the unique coffee shop You Say Tomato. But which coffee shop truly has the best coffee? The strongest? The richest? The most vanilla-mocha-frappacino-sweetest? If one source has the answer, it’s

KCPerky is a website dedicated completely to the Kansas City coffee scene. The website includes a coffee map, the Top 10 Coffee Shops in Kansas City, coffee news, and information about coffee shops that are closing and opening in the local area. The main setup of is through blog posts and opinions, posted by Scott Perky himself. Perky started out reviewing restaurants in the Kansas City area and soon found a much deeper passion for reviewing local Kansas City coffee shops. In 2006, Perky started and has been exploring coffee around KC ever since. With his outstanding creativity, Perky “ventis” about the coffee shop scene, and also does improv comedy and creates other websites such as RiverCityStudio. With all of this going on, it’s no wonder Perky likes his coffee!

So what are the Top 10 Coffee Shops in Kansas City? Although opinions may vary greatly, KCPerky has created their own unique list. KCPerky has ranked the following coffee shops based on the coffee, the atmosphere, the service and a little je sais pas.

Mildred's Coffee House is #8 on the Top 10 Coffee Shops
in Kansas City.  It is located in the Crossroads District.
 1. YJ’s Snack Shop

2. Espresso dell’Anatra
3. You Say Tomato

4. Eddie Delahunt’s Café

5. Oak Street Coffee Shop

6. Muddy’s Coffeehouse

7. City Market Coffeehouse

8. Mildred’s Coffeehouse

9. Broadway Café

10. SoHo Bakery and Café

As a group of entrepreneurs, Think Big Partners understands that coffee can foster startup ideas, boost creativity, and of course, wake up those entrepreneurs who did not get enough sleep the night before. Kansas City entrepreneurs are invited to visit any of the above coffee shops to experience a soothing and inspirational atmosphere, start their Big Thinking, and of course, sip on cup of their favorite caffeinated drink, coffee.

Written by Allison Way.  Allison Way is a writer and videographer for Think Big Partners and bizperc, two of Kansas City's newest entrepreneurial resources.  To read more of Allison's articles, visit her Entrepreneurship Examiner page.

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