If you love the smell of freshly ground coffee beans and the sound of friendly conversation, a Missouri coffee roaster is a great place to wrap your hands around a steaming hot cup filled with your favorite drink.
You can find coffee roasters throughout the state. Each one is a little different than the next, offering not only a variety of coffee but some neighborhood flavor as well. From small sidewalk shops to sleek modern spaces, dozens of roasters bring some of the world's finest coffee beans to the Show-Me State.
It's easy to spot The Roasterie Factory Café in Kansas City – just look for the building with the airplane on top. Owner Danny O'Neill picked his first batch of coffee beans while studying abroad in Costa Rica. Fifteen years later, he founded his direct trade coffee company, air roasting the beans in his basement. He now has a roasting facility and nine cafes throughout the city that offer a variety of coffees, bagels, pastries and other sweet treats. The company also hosts coffee-tasting events and food truck brunches.
Located on "The Hill" in St. Louis, Shaw's Coffee will make you feel like you're sitting in Italy enjoying an espresso and a scone. The shop's beans are sourced from the world's three major coffee-growing regions – Central and South America, Africa and the Pacific Rim – and are dark-roasted in a traditional European style to enhance the coffee's rich aroma and signature flavor. The shop also serves fruit smoothies and an assortment of muffins, cookies, cannoli, quiche and breakfast wraps.
The Mudhouse in Springfield has been micro-roasting organic coffee beans in small batches for more than two decades. The shop also serves homemade baked goods, fruit smoothies, and a variety of soups, salads and sandwiches. The Mudhouse has three locations in Springfield, including a shop in the Springfield-Greene County Library and the MudLounge for a late-night caffeine fix - including spiked coffee drinks. The lounge also serves cocktails, appetizers, sandwiches and desserts.
In Columbia, the Lakota Coffee Company has been roasting coffee beans from around the world for more than 25 years. The shop roasts its beans in small batches at a lower temperature for a longer time to develop a rich coffee flavor. The company's original downtown shop serves pastries and sandwiches. The south Columbia location offers coffee cocktails, wine, local beer, appetizers and desserts.
The Omega Coffee Company has been serving up coffee at the Lake of the Ozarks since 2001. Owner Ken Pearon combined his passion for good coffee with his love of people to create his dream job. Located in the small town of Laurie, the shop has expanded three times to meet the demand for its freshly roasted beans, coffee drinks and fruit smoothies.
Three Story Coffee in Jefferson City focuses on developing direct-trade relationships with coffee growers throughout the world and partners with other roasters to support farmers in producing high-quality coffee beans. In addition to its roasting facility, the company operates two coffee shops in the capitol city's historic Old Munichburg and Millbottom areas.
Mokaska Coffee Company is a small batch coffee roaster in downtown St. Joseph, where the original Mokaska Coffee opened its doors in 1884. Unable to survive the Great Depression, the company closed in the 1930s. Decades later, the new Mokaska Coffee Company is carrying on the city's coffee tradition. Starting off as a wholesale supplier, the company expanded to become a full-service coffee shop, cafe and community gathering spot.
Here's a list of coffee roasters in every region of the state:
Alpha & Omega Roasting Company, O'Fallon
Blueprint Coffee, St. Louis
Chauvin Coffee, St. Louis
Coma Coffee Roasters, St. Louis
Comet Coffee, St. Louis
Dubuque Coffee Company, St. Louis
Kaldi's Coffee, St. Louis
La Cosecha Coffee Roasters, Maplewood
Living Room, Maplewood
Mississippi Mud Coffee Roasters, St. Louis
Northwest Coffee Roasting Company, St. Louis
Park Avenue Coffee, St. Louis
Shaw's Coffee, St. Louis
Stringbean Coffee Company, Brentwood
Sump Coffee, St. Louis
Thomas Coffee, St. Louis
Blip Roasters, Kansas City
Broadway Roasting Company, Kansas City
Hazels Gourmet Coffee and Tea, St. Joseph
Headrush Roasters Coffee and Tea, Kansas City
Kaldi's Coffee, Kansas City
Messenger Coffee Company + Ibis Bakery, Kansas City
Mokaska Coffee Company, St. Joseph
Oddly Correct, Kansas City
Parisi Artisan Coffee, Kansas City
Parkville Coffee, Parkville
River Market Roasting Company, Kansas City
Second Best Coffee, Kansas City
The Roasterie, Kansas City
Thou Mayest Coffee Roasters, Kansas City
Weston Coffee Roastery, Weston
Camacho Coffee, Columbia
Fretboard Coffee, Columbia
Kaldi's Coffee, Columbia
Lakota Coffee Company, Columbia
Omega Coffee Company, Laurie
Ozark Coffee Company & Roastery, Sedalia
Shortwave Coffee, Columbia
The Grind Coffee House, Columbia
Three Story Coffee, Jefferson City
Brick and Mortar Coffee, Springfield
Cedar Creek Coffee, Branson
Churchill Coffee Company, Springfield
Classic Rock Coffee Company, Springfield
Copper Canyon Coffee Roasters, Battlefield
Dancing Mule Coffee Company, Springfield
Eurasia Coffee and Tea, Springfield
KeenBean Coffee Roasters, Mt. Vernon
Kingdom Coffee, Springfield
Mudhouse Coffee, Springfield
Ozark Mountain Coffee Co., Ozark
The Coffee Ethic, Springfield
Vintage Paris Coffee Shop, Hollister