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A Walkable Guide to Downtown Kansas City’s Cheap Eats

A Walkable Guide to Downtown Kansas City’s Cheap Eats

This list of cheap eats is a resource of strictly walkable locations in Kansas City’s downtown with genuinely affordable menus. Each recommendation is located in the downtown neighborhoods within a 1 mile radius of the conference center where the USCC Qualifying Event is happening, and an additional short list featuring the neighborhoods where the main coffee community events are being hosted.

A Super Unofficial Batdorf and Bronson Holiday Blend Review

A Super Unofficial Batdorf and Bronson Holiday Blend Review

Recently we encountered an interaction on social media about Batdorf and Bronson‘s Holiday Blend. This interaction was regarding a specific review performed by an acquaintance of ours named Drew, who also runs a reviewing website. Drew came to the conclusion that this particular coffee was over roasted and rather unpalatable. While Batdorf and Bronson commissioned his review, they also sought the opinion of a well known foodie guru named Alton Brown who gave this coffee glowing remarks. The result was one terrible review and one highly positive review, so how do you find the reality of what this coffee is? We got our hands on a bag to taste unofficially, and though the holiday season is all but finished we wanted to see for ourselves what the big deal was. Please keep in mind that this is not a standard review that we do on Roast Ratings, and we basically just brewed a pot based on our standard method and mulled over what we were experiencing…   ‘First of all, the beans were indeed dark brown in color with spots of oil. The coffee had a smoky and rich “dark roast” fragrance as we ground it. After brewing we found a relatively smoky aroma with hints of herbs and leather, which was distinct but not overly intense. On first sip, the body was heavy and sticky in texture, which clung to the sides of our mouths and felt a little rough at times. There was not much acidity in this coffee (which was likely completely on purpose), though there were nuances of citric fruits and grape and a slight sharpness...
Fruity Fireball mini tarts with Mulled Coffee Martini

Fruity Fireball mini tarts with Mulled Coffee Martini

While it’s always fun to play with flavors in coffee and desserts, this one was an exceptional creative pleasure for both Audrey and myself. The cool thing about this pairing is that each component is really enticing and tasty on its own, but the combo takes it to ‘next level’ flavor. The mini tart, with it’s apple, pomegranate and Fireball (cinnamon whiskey) has a sweet short dough crust, to which we added some finely minced dried cranberries. The drink is little, but packs a mulled spicy punch. But when you sip it with the tart….magical. Seriously. Fruity Fireball Mini Tarts Tart Shell Tart shell recipe by Chef Doug Flick Yield 10-15-  1 ½- 2oz tart shells 4oz Butter 8oz Cake Flour 1 Egg 4oz Sugar 1oz Minced Dried Cranberries Preheat oven to 350. Line lightly greased mini tart molds on cookie sheet. In medium mixing bowl, Cream Butter and Sugar together. Add Eggs, Mix until just combined. Add Cake Flour and Cranberries all at once, mix until just combined. Wrap dough tightly and let chill for around 45 minutes. Take dough out of cooler, roll it out on floured surface until about 1/4 inch thick. Use round cookie cutter to cut dough to put into tart molds, forming it to the edges and cut off any extra dough. Put in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until lightly brown and firm. Take out of the oven keep shells in molds. The Filling Filling recipe by Audrey Bastin 3 fl oz Fireball Whiskey 3 Sweet Apples (the firmer the better) cut into medium dice ½ fl oz Pomegranate Juice (we used...
Spicy Pumpkin Pie with RumChata Irish Coffee

Spicy Pumpkin Pie with RumChata Irish Coffee

When it comes to Thanksgiving desserts it’s hard to argue with the classic: Pumkpin Pie. For this pairing we decided to make things a little more interesting and spiced up the crust with some hot chili powder. Don’t worry about dear Aunt Sue’s aversion to anything spicy. Our recipe calls for just enough to give you a little tingle on the tongue. Besides, when you pair that with the richness of a cup of hot, creamy coffee (topped with maple whipped cream!) and you’ve got yourself a full on autumnal mouth party! THAT SPICY PIE Makes 1 whole pie (6-8 slices) ~Chili Pie Crust~ 12 ½ oz Bread Flour 1/2 tsp Salt 2 tsp Hot Chili Powder 8 oz Butter 2 ½ oz Lard/Shortening 1/3 cup Water 1 egg white Preheat oven to 350 F Put all dry ingredients into medium size bowl. Cut in shortening and butter until about pea size. Adding a little bit of water at a time, combine by hand until dough comes together. Let chill for 25 minutes. Roll out dough on floured surface, place in pie tin and cut excess dough. Combine scraps and roll them out again and cut out leaf and pumpkin shapes and adhere to edge of pie crust with egg white. Cut baking paper to cover the pastry-lined dish. Place baking beads or uncooked rice over the paper (ie- Blind Bake). Bake for 10 minutes, then paper and beads can be removed. Bake for another 10 minutes. Take out of oven to cool. ~Pumpkin Filling~ 1 lb Pumpkin cooled 2 Eggs lightly beaten ¾ cup Light Brown Sugar 1/3 cup Cream 1...
Stumptown Cold Brew – Revisited

Stumptown Cold Brew – Revisited

If you read my last look at bottled cold brew options you may have noticed that Stumptown’s Cold Brew was featured, but was not deemed incredibly “chug worthy”. The bottle that was tasted for review was purchased on a trip to Chicago, and while it was distinct in flavor this bottle was not particularly amazing. During the research and planning for the original post, we encountered many fans of the Stumptown Cold Brew “Stubby” in particular. At the time we did not have distribution of these bottles in the Kansas City area, and I had inquired about getting some shipped out to us. A few friends offered to ship bottles, but we were warned that the product integrity could be lost by not being refrigerated consistently. Because of these doubts in my mind I decided to give the Stubby another shot on my recent trip to Portland, Oregon- home to Stumptown Coffee Roasters. The results were decidedly different, which leads me to make a few assumptions about cold brew bottles in general. First let’s look at my updated taste of the Stumptown Cold Brew…   Stumptown Cold Brew “Stubby”   A small mouthed bottle is not designed to enhance an aromatic experience, and there certainly isn’t much wafting from this one. On first sip I was pleasantly surprised by a full bodied and sweet coffee washing my cares away. The flavor is chocolatey with hints of orange and raw, fruity cacao. The cold immersion brew method imparts a distinct flavor and I can taste it, though in a light and thoughtful way. If there is one flavor experience to...
This is how we brew it…

This is how we brew it…

The Bonavita 1900TS is not only the official brewer used in our ratings process. It’s a home unit that makes tasty coffee easy as pie! Here’s how we brew it…

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