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A clever new coffee toy

Coffee looms large in my imagination lately, thanks to an upcoming article about the Broadway Cafe & Roasting Company’s 20th anniversary. I had a deeply satisfying cup of Mexican Chiapas there yesterday when I stopped to interview co-owner Jon Cates and head roaster Brian Phillips. But today I’m alone in my office, and the closest thing to a barista is at least 10 miles away.

Rescuing myself from under-caffeination with the Clever Coffee Dripper.

You wouldn’t think that would trouble someone otherwise addicted to culinary pursuits, but my general anathema for all types of equipment extends to the coffee maker. I don’t use it. Ever.

Usually this means my coffee consumption is limited to whatever quantity the husband made before work. But today—oh happy day—I have a brand-new Clever Coffee Dripper. Continue Reading

Quote: I’m not drinking bad coffee. Ever.

“I’m not drinking bad coffee. Ever.” This from Jason Burton, owner of The Lab, a specialty beverage marketing company. Happily, he recently opened to the public, so we don’t have to either. You won’t find a coffee shop inside The Lab, just off 31st and Southwest Boulevard. What you will find is half a dozen… Continue Reading

Guessing at 2012

What will 2012 bring for the drink-minded? It’s a bit of a guessing game, but I’m looking forward to writing more about shrubs, drinking vinegars and all things sour. Local spirits like those Lenexa’s Dark Horse Distillery is laying down. Drinks entrepreneurs such as Travis Stewart and Jason Burton. The inaugural Paris of the Plains… Continue Reading

An antidote to summer boredom

Bored with the dog days of summer? I’ve got your antidote below. Go to one, go to all. You won’t be sorry. Greater Kansas City Bartending Competition on Aug. 21. THE best cocktail event in the Midwest. The finalists have been announced. Come taste their creations, party in the lounge and watch the pros shake… Continue Reading

Leftover lifespan

I love party leftovers. Especially after parties like The Art of the Cocktail, a fundraiser for Friends of Turning Point on June 24. Ryan Maybee of The Rieger and Manifesto orchestrated six well-crafted cocktails, while  Kansas City Bartenders’ Alliance members served them up. (Special thanks to our celebrity crew: Jenn Tosatto of The Rieger/Manifesto, Travis… Continue Reading

Read, Shake, Sip Redux

For those of you who missed yesterday’s Kansas City Star, here’s a list of some worthy cocktails and spirits reads. For those of you who did see it, read on—there are a few extra bits that didn’t make it into the printed version. The King of Vodka—Linda Himelstein recounts Pyotr Smirnov’s rise from serfdom to… Continue Reading