July 21, 2014

Coffee roasting hobby leads to new Waldo coffee shop

Steven Webb’s coffee roasting hobby quickly turned into a wholesale business and now a new coffee shop. Red-Headed Philosopher Coffee is sharing a space with Can I have a Bite at 8011 Wornall Road, Suite B.

One day in 2011, Steven Webb put some coffee beans in a popcorn popper and started a new hobby.

Less than a month later, Webb entered and won a local home-based coffee roasting contest. That was all the encouragement he needed to quit his job at Sprint.

“I’m not too much for the corporate world. I did that for many, many years,” Webb said. “I wanted something easier. Easier on the soul. So I decided follow my dream and see where it takes me. It’s been a whirlwind at times.”

Webb and his wife, Shondi, began selling their high quality coffee online and at area farmers markets. They named it after Steven’s red hair and love of critical thought.

Now they’ve teamed up with Can I have a Bite at 8011 B Wornall Road. Can I Have a Bite offers a seasonal carry-out menu made from local and organic ingredients.

Red-Headed Philosopher Coffee sells several styles of freshly-roasted specialty coffee drinks, including pour over, drip and cold brew, as well as tea, chai, lemonade, and milk. The Webbs plan to add espresso drinks and other menu items later. Shondi Webb created the logo for their coffee and she plans to hang some of her artwork, as well as work by other artists, in the new shop.

“We hope to inspire people, to give them a place to talk about life over a cup of coffee,” Steven Webb said.

Hours are 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday. It is closed Sunday and Monday.

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