Forget those sickly sweet, calorie-packed Frappuccinos. Some of our favorite Kansas City coffee shops have new ways to get your java boost and still keep your cool this summer.
The Cold Front cold-brewed coffee drink has been a best-seller at PT’s at the Crossroads since the cafe opened last year. Rather than pouring traditionally brewed coffee over ice, cold-brewing involves steeping coarsely ground coffee beans in cold water for long periods of time. The method imparts a smoother flavor with less acidity. PT’s has recently started selling its signature Cold Front, along with a few other chilled brews, by the bottle for those who want to enjoy them at home. Pick up a 12-oz single or a “Quadzilla” four-pack and experiment: it’s great over ice, with a splash of milk and even in cocktails.
Waldo-based Second Best Coffee (located in the strip mall at 85th and Wornall) launched its Red Ribbon drink during the last Caffeine Crawl tour of local coffee shops and it was such a hit they’ve added it to the regular menu. The drink consists of cold-brewed Organic Mexican Chiapas—a mild coffee with naturally nutty flavors—kegged and poured into pint glasses through a nitro tap. The result? A creamy, silky smooth drink with a foamy head, rather like a Guinness.
Looking for something a bit lighter? We love the new Coffee Soda on the spring menu at Parisi Artisan (locations in Union Station and Leawood’s Park Place). It’s made with a fruity single brew blended with an orange and turbinado sugar syrup and topped off with sparkling water for a drink that’s invigorating and refreshing all at once.