“Among the numerous luxuries of the table…coffee may be considered as one of the most valuable. It excites cheerfulness without intoxication; and the pleasing flow of spirits which it occasions…is never followed by sadness, languor, or debility.” – Benjamin Franklin
One of my most favorite things about this city (besides the Kansas City Royals) is all the local coffee shops that line these historic streets. Each one has their own story of how they began, and I am inspired time and time again. And inside of so many of these places, are people passionate about community. That is absolutely the case for this notable shop – “Conversations and relationships are best shared over great drinks!”, Thou Mayest Coffee Roasters. Thou Mayest means “the way is open”.
Thou Mayest is located in the Crossroads district, just south of downtown Kansas City. I decided to go there on a whim one night with a coworker. We were on a hunt for the wildly acclaimed Sledge-iatto, made famous by the Royals relief pitcher, Peter Moylan. Inspired by this great drink, the folks at Thou Mayest decided to make their own version of it.
Now, this drink is a little crazy, but if you like coffee, you will absolutely love the Sledge-iatto. It is made with their Alter Ego espresso and chocolate milk, and served on ice. It is 16 ounces of absolute heavenly madness.
The Sledge tasted so amazing, it kept me awake nearly the whole night. Not because I’m a lightweight when it comes to caffeine (no way!), but because I couldn’t stop thinking about how great it was. I was addicted after the very first drink. And when infatuation strikes, you take your wife back the next day for more. What a great way to spend a couple hours on your wedding anniversary!
I skipped my morning coffee and we hit the road. I, of course, got a Sledge-iatto, and my wife ordered the Rosella from Spirit Tea. It’s a hibiscus, lemongrass, and licorice root blend, served cold – energizing and refreshing! We had a great time taking pictures, reveling in the perfection of our tasty beverages and blueberry pop tart pastry.
This was when I was able to chat with the head honcho of this fine establishment, Bo. It’s funny how when two people share a passion for something – like coffee – they can spend hours talking about it. I have to say that I am absolutely thrilled to spend more time at this place.
Bo has long had a love for horticulture, and that beginning laid the ideal foundation for his next step in life – the coffee world. He started roasting coffee in a garage 2012, and it wasn’t long before he partnered with his now brother-in-law and Thou Mayest was born.
Bo is the type of person that genuinely cares about his consumer. He values their opinions, and cares more about what they want, and think, than what the coffee “experts” try to tell him. He is kind of shaking up the hornets’ nest with his approach to coffee, and it shows with how popular his place is.
All of the coffee is roasted in a separate facility, but they are quickly running out of space. Bo has dreams to continue to expand, and I have no doubt that he will be successful. To be perfectly honest, I wish I would have recorded our conversation so I could listen to it again. Talking to Bo was not only informative (I really learned a lot from him in that short time) but also tremendously inspiring. It made me realize that I have so much more to learn about coffee – from plant to mug.
Thou Mayest also has a bar upstairs. “We are here to get you buzzed, both AM and PM”, is what they say! I haven’t checked out this part yet, but I hear it’s just as awesome as the coffee shop.
Since I had just bought a bag of their Alter Ego blend the night before, I resisted trying another bag this visit. Gotta keep it fresh. And it gives me a good excuse to go back as soon as I run out. Alter Ego makes a remarkable cup of coffee. I even tried making my own “Sledge-iatto” at home.
Thank you, Bo, for taking time out of your busy schedule to entertain this coffee rookie! This was such a phenomenal experience, and I look forward to many more at Thou Mayest in the future.