Opportunity Cafe and Coffee
One of the nice things about being a coffee enthusiast in Kansas City is that there are more than enough great shops to go to. And if you venture out a little bit into the suburbs or, gasp, even a tad further, you will be amazed at what you can find!
Anyone ever heard of a neat little town called Excelsior Springs? It’s only about 20-30 minutes (depending on how fast you drive) north of downtown Kansas City. Excelsior is home to the new hot spot, Opportunity Café and Coffee. This is a place you aren’t gonna wanna miss! Not only is the food AND coffee downright amazing, but their mission is just spectacular.
Opportunity Café and Coffee is a brand new breakfast/brunch/lunch spot, and they serve up an incredible… and I mean INCREDIBLE… variety of sandwiches, paninis, wraps, salads, soup and some of the most comforting homestyle breakfast options. Did I mention they also serve Post Coffee?? Oh yeah. I can’t wait to tell you about that!
Before I get into the meat and potatoes of it, you’ve gotta know more about the history behind Opportunity Café. It all started with a place called Meet the Need. Meet the Need is a not-for-profit thrift store, and a crisis center for working families in need, in Excelsior Springs. Meet the Need offers work assistance programs, food, hygiene, clothing and household items, school supplies and assistance with sports fees… just to name a few. If you have a need, they will try to find a way to meet it.
Opportunity Café and Coffee was a vision that Executive Director, Kris Peoples, had years ago. After a fire destroyed nearly everything, she had to completely rebuild, leaving a large empty space in part of the building. Kris had a vision to turn the empty space into a café and a coffee shop. It didn’t take long before people started showing up with the skills and knowledge to make her vision a reality. It has taken so much hard work from her and the community that has pitched in, but the story is simply awe-inspiring.
At the beginning of 2018, Opportunity Café hopes to start a job training program for people that are coming out of the foster care system or out of programs of recovery and restoration. They also want to offer mentoring programs and be able to give vouchers to their families in need so that they can have a free meal every once in a while at the café.
The café has a conference room that can be used for things that benefit the community, such as support groups, community meetings, educational meetings, and more.
If you need a place to get away for a little quiet time to yourself, there’s even a little reading nook tucked away in a corner of the restaurant.
This is the vision Kris has for the café right now, but they are open to whatever opportunities come up. This organization is incredibly passionate about helping her community and I’m excited to see the impact this organization will have.
When you walk into the café, you will feel the warmth and comfort of this special place right away. The entire inside of the restaurant is finished with materials that were recycled from an old barn which was carefully torn down, allowing most of the wood and metal to be preserved and refurbished. Quite a laboring task if you ask me… (I actually got to help a little bit with the tear down of the old barn.)
My family and I have already made multiple visits to Opportunity Café and every time, the food and coffee has been sooo good! AND the prices simply can’t be beat for the caliber of their food.
My wife, Kourtney, has had three different types of their salads, and she said they’ve been insanely good each time! She is obsessed with their housemade strawberry basil dressing. Your life won’t be complete until you try that stuff. No joke.
There’s a kids menu too if you have little ones in tow!
I’ve had two different paninis, and let me just say, step aside Panera, because these things will blow your mind! All the bread they use is sourced from Farm to Market Bread Company in the Crossroads district of KC. It was recommended to Kris by her son, who used to be a chef at Affare. He’s now a chef at a hip spot in New York City, so he knows what he’s talking about.
The café is serious about sourcing fresh, high quality ingredients. And when they’re able to get them locally, they love that!
Try ‘The Italian’ panini. It’s my favorite and Kris even told me it’s hers, too!
I know you come to The Royal Brew for the coffee, so let’s get to it.
Opportunity Café serves coffee from Post Coffee Company. The house brew they serve is the Sumatra, Gayo Star. The Gayo Highlands are located in the northern tip of Sumatra, on the hillsides surrounding the town of Takengon. Did you know that Sumatra is actually the name of a country, and it’s an island just west of Indonesia? I had no idea. So Sumatra coffees are technically from Indonesia.
This coffee was absolutely incredible. It was very smooth, and had wonderful notes of chocolate, and tart cherry, with a mild lemony acidity in the aftertaste. It was by far one of my favorite drip coffees I’ve ever had. And that is saying a lot!
I hate playing favorites, because Kansas City serves a lot of good coffee… but Post has definitely risen to the top on my list.
Last time I was in for breakfast, Kris told me about their new holiday lattes that her barista came up with after some delicious experimenting. Right now you can get an Egg Nog Latte, Candy Cane Latte, or a Ginger Bread Latte. I personally love egg nog, so I couldn’t pass that one up. It’s made with nutmeg, espresso, and steamed egg nog, instead of milk. Can you say YUMMM!!!? It was OOH SOO GOOOD. A perfect way to wash down all those biscuits and gravy and pancakes.
Opportunity Cafe serves some real good iced tea too. I know you tea lovers are out there! Kris is with you on that one and she takes her tea very seriously. Only the best!
Opportunity Café and Coffee is going to be one of those places that I visit A LOT, and I can’t wait to go back and try more… (I think I’ll get the PB and J wrap next time. I’ve heard it’s outta this world!)
So jump in your car and crank up the Christmas music (you know you want to) and enjoy the scenic drive out of the city. You never know, you might just find your new favorite spot for a little getaway, all while supporting a remarkable mission. Tell Kris that Chad sent you!
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