Thursday, May 20, 2021

Morning Starts with The Roasterie

Does this sound familiar: The alarm goes off way too early in the morning. As you remain snuggled in your cozy bed thinking of all the excuses you have for not getting up, one thing emits its siren song to lure you into starting the day—that first cup of coffee. Knowing its rich, delicious, comforting goodness awaits in that first sip convinces you to get going with hope for the morning.

Okay, I know, it’s just a cup of coffee. But those of us who love it tend to wax poetically about the magical powers the perfect grind can provide. I didn’t start out as a coffee lover. Tea was my beverage of choice until my late 30s when flavored creamers became popular. Those creamers also helped mask the flavor of the, well, let’s just say, less-costly brands of coffee I was familiar with in those early days.

Today, I stir a little sugar and milk into coffees offered by area roasters. The ones made by The Roasterie in Kansas City are my favorites. I buy bags of the American Restaurant for making big pots and K-cups of the Breakfast Blend for when I’m in a hurry for that first cup and don’t want to wait for the entire pot to brew, or if I only have time for one cup in the morning. 

The company describes my two favorites as follows:

American Restaurant (which is number one on my list of all their blends): 

“In the mid-1990s, we were fortunate to collaborate with Kansas City’s famous American Restaurant on a custom blend to be sold at their restaurant. Several years later, the restaurant’s management thought it might be time to update the blend. They assembled some of their favorite customers for lunch and a coffee blending session with the goal to outdo their current coffee offering. After sampling many coffees in many different combinations, the group realized that the existing blend was perfect and so loved by their customers. Notes of stone fruit and apple, balanced with a medium body, rich and smoky in the finish.”

Breakfast Blend (a close second): “Our Breakfast Blend is bright, clean, energizing and easy to drink. So up and at ’em! Start your day with a cup or two of this eye-opening blend. Notes of ripe berry and citrus, round and balanced, crisp, clean finish, light roast.”

The company offers subscriptions, which they call putting your favorite order on autopilot. I get my coffees delivered every month via UPS, with free shipping. When you place your order, the coffee is air-roasted and packaged within 24 hours, ensuring freshness upon delivery. (Trust me when I say the aroma when you open the box is heavenly!)

My order usually arrives with a cute, hand-written note, which is a nice touch. 

When I want something different, I’ll order Betty’s Recipe blend, which has flavors of hazelnut and cinnamon—my two favorite coffee flavors in one cup! I also like the KC Chiefs-inspired blends, but that may just be because I’m a huge fan of the team.

FYI: The Roasterie is not paying me to write this post. I just enjoy their coffee so much I wanted to share it with you, especially since it can be shipped around the U.S. Once they open back up after Covid restrictions are lifted, I plan to take a factory tour and try out a barista class. 

If coffee is your passion, look at The Roasterie website to check out their many coffee blends and learn more about the company.  

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