KC makes best coffee cities list

The Latte with a trio of French macaroons at Parisi Cafe
The Latte with a trio of French macaroons at Parisi Cafe The Kansas City Star

Kansas City took the No. 7 spot on Travel + Leisure’s new “America’s Best Coffee Cities” list.

Parisi Artisan Coffee was cited for coffee treats like con panna (espresso topped with house-made whipped cream) and the affogato (vanilla gelato drowned in espresso). At Thou Mayest Coffee Roasters, in the East Crossroads, customers can have artisanal cups of coffee on a deck overlooking a concert venue.

The travel magazine said cities are making it easier to explore the growing trend toward highly-customized coffees.

For example, Nashville offers short classes to help coffee lovers discern the difference between a cup of pour-over or a cup of AeroPress. They can learn about the finer points of coffee milk in Providence. Atlanta offers espresso and Coke in a popular iced coffee.

As one Kansas resident said: “You know it’s a great cup of coffee when you think about it all day.”

Portland took the No. 1 spot with a shout-out to Stumptown Coffee Roasters, as well as the lesser-known Coava Coffee Roasters and Water Avenue Coffee.

Travel + Leisure’s readers also ranked Kansas City in the top five for burgers and barbecue.

In late September, Kansas City took the No. 1 spot on The Huffington Post’s listing of “America's Top 5 Cities To Keep On Your Radar.”

“Get to the Green Lady Lounge for some jazz, eat awesome BBQ at Q39, and don't forget to check out the historic City Market. The food is amazing, nearly everything is affordable, and the people are nice.”

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