The Roasterie Tour
The Roasterie headquarters is located in the heart of Kansas City. Since its conveniently located near Boulevard Brewery, you can enjoy an early morning coffee and hop over to Boulevard for an afternoon beer. The Roasterie has more going on inside its walls than you may know. Not only is it where all the coffee is roasted, it has an open concept cafe that has coffee and food to give you that boost of energy you need, a shop full of any coffee supplies you could dream of and to top it off, there are daily tours!
The Roasterie staff invited me out to take a tour of the facility and learn more about The Roasterie and what makes them unique. The tour begins with an informational video where you learn where the coffee is picked from and what specialty characteristics they look for when choosing the perfect product. The video talks about the history of The Roasterie and how they became the successful business that they are today. Since they were roasting smaller batches for the day, we put on our hair nets (beard nets for the dudes) on and headed into the roasting area.
After the video, our instructor Spencer, led us into the big enclosed area where they hold the coffee to be shipped and where the beans are roasted. As we stepped through the glass doors Spencer explained to us how the coffee beans are picked and showed us one of the smaller air roasters. The Roasterie only roasts the beans that are sent out that day or bought that day in order to guarantee a longer-lasting and fresh bean to their customers. The photo on the right displays the coffee beans that were being air roasted while we were on the tour. Since they were only making smaller bags, using the smaller roaster only made sense. For bigger orders they’ll use the roasters that you see in the middle photo. Then we moved on to the coffee storage portion.
There are always tons and tons of burlap bags full of coffee beans that fill the metal storage units that take up the back half of the layout. They are organized by region and differentiated by caffeinated vs decaffeinated. The CODE on the green label stands for Columbian/Decaffeinated. We were able to view inside one of the bags and see all of the different descriptions attached to the bags. We moved along and got to see how and where the coffee is packaged. There is a special machine that fills the bag and seals them shut, keeping the flavor of the bag as fresh as possible before getting to the customer. Spencer then treated us to a coffee tasting at the end.
I am by no means a coffee connoisseur so I didn’t know that there was an exaggerated taste between the differently brewed coffee. We were able to taste the same Honduras Santa Elena coffee but one was brewed with the french press and the other with a clever dripper. I usually drink my coffee from a french press so it was no surprise to me that, that was my favorite one. Overall, I had a great experience and I learned a lot about air roasted coffee and what sets The Roasterie aside from other coffee roasters in Kansas City. If you’re looking to take your family or your favorite coffee expert to a fun weekend event, I would suggest going to this FREE tour that is offered at several times during the week and on the weekend. To learn more about The Roasterie, check out the website here!
Monday – Friday: 10:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m.
Saturday: 8:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m.
Sunday: 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m.
If you haven’t been down to The Roasterie you should definitely check it out even if it’s just for a quick coffee or to add to your coffee supply!