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Fodor’s Travel names Parisi Cafe one of ‘America’s 15 Best Indie Coffee Shops’

11/13/2013 12:11 PM

11/13/2013 5:50 PM

Kansas City’s Parisi Artisan Coffee has made Fodor’s Travel’s list of America’s 15 Best Indie Coffee Shops.

Parisi, which has cafes in Union Station and Leawood’s Park Place shopping center, roasts its coffee beans locally in small batches. Both Parisi Cafes use homemade syrups (try the salted caramel in a latte), whipped cream and marshmallows.

Parisi Cafe has some pretty good company on the Fodor’s list, which also includes

Intelligentsia Coffee in Chicago, Stumptown Coffee Roasters in Portland and Victrola Coffee Roasters

in Seattle, where I tried my first sip of pour-over coffee.

This isn’t the first national honor for Parisi Cafe this year. In April,

quality assurance manager Pete Licata won the 2013 U.S. Barista Championship. Then, in May, he won the 2013 World Barista Championship.

Which means the best barista in the world pulls espresso shots right here in Kansas City.

There’s more Kansas City coffee on our food blog:

Local coffee pros collaborate at Barista Nation

The Roasterie’s new Keurig “K-cups” come out this month

Farm to Market’s new Black Russian “cult bread,” out now, is made with coffee from The Roasterie

Three new cafes, including a Filling Station, spill over into Johnson County

What’s your favorite independently owned coffee shop in Kansas City? Comment here, email or tweet us


Enterprise reporter Sarah Gish writes dining and bar guides for Ink magazine. Ink’s fall/winter dining guide comes out today. Contact Gish via email at or tweet @sarah_gish.


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