Hammerhand Coffee Co – Kansas City Coffee Shop Review
The Wild West
On February 13th, 1866, Jesse James and the James gang committed the very first, and successful daytime bank robbery at the Clay County Savings bank in Liberty, Missouri. 130 years later, the bank is now a museum, and just a block away, is Hammerhand Coffee.
Hammerhand Coffee is located in the historic downtown square in Liberty Missouri, at 22 N. Main street. This place has a pretty amazing story of how it got started. They were two weeks away from opening shop in the renovated Bedinger building on the square, when the building collapsed. Thankfully, no one was inside when this happened. It had to be torn down, but that did not stop these hard charging coffee lovers. They re-grouped, and set up a coffee cart and held pop-ups, continuing to promote their business.
A New Beginning
In August of 2016, they rented a smaller building, located on the opposite corner of the square, and Hammerhand officially opened their doors on October 6th, 2016.
Walking inside, the first thing I noticed was how bright and open the space is. It’s not your typical coffee shop setting. My wife spotted a sweet vintage stereo system on the wall just like her grandma used to have in her house back in the 80’s. This place definitely had a unique vibe and we liked it a lot.
They even have an exceptionally nice loft that can be rented out for events. It’s a 1000 square foot open space, complete with a full kitchen. You can actually bring your own food there and cook it too! This would be great for those family holiday meals that you feel obligated to host but don’t really want to have in your own house.
It’s Coffee Time!
My wife, Kourtney, and I took advantage of having the evening without the kids, so we did what all normal adults would do, we went out for coffee! (And then child-less grocery shopping. Fellow parents, I know you can relate!) We were in Liberty so we had to check out this new(ish) place. On the menu, they offer coffee roasted at Oddly Correct Roasters in Kansas City, Counter Culture Coffee, which is located in Durham, North Carolina, and Ultimo Coffee, located in Philadelphia.
I’ve been dying to try out just a plain shot of Espresso. Believe it or not, as much as I love a good kick in the pants from my coffee, I’ve never actually had plain Espresso! Kourtney ordered a berry rooibos tea latte, and we absolutely had to try one of their cinnamon brown sugar pop-tart pastries. Just one look at that and it had my name written all over it!
Wow That’s good Espresso!
The Espresso was made with Counter Culture’s Apollo Blend. This coffee is a lighter roast and is grown in Ethiopia. It’s available for purchase year round through Counter Culture. I was really excited to try this bad boy out. It looked like thick chocolate syrup served in a tiny little mug. Delicious Right? With the first sip, I was sure I was tasting cocoa powder and some kind of a fruit. It was just incredible! The pastry was so good – a mouthful of flaky, buttery goodness – and was quickly devoured. My wife’s tea latte was even amazing! I’m not much of a tea drinker, but I would go back any day to get one of those.
After checking out this awesome place, I am excited to get back there for more of their other great coffee drinks. And maybe even host a family event in their loft space. They also serve a few other foods, as well as craft sodas, beer and wine. It’s really a unique spot!
I hope you all have the chance to get over to Liberty and try out this local shop, and while you’re there, be sure to take a walk around the square to scout out the other local shops and restaurants. Maybe even check out the Jesse James Bank Museum. Everyone loves a good story of the Wild West right?