EATING WELL IN KANSAS CITY - August 2017 - Kansas City
A Sustainably Sourced, Quality Cup of Joe is Closer Than You Think
By Gloria Gale
Slip into a new coffee shop where a good cup of Joe is sustainably sourced from start to finish.
If you ask me, we all want to be coddled, and not necessarily with tea.
Coffee, on the other hand, can be equally comforting, especially when it comes from a shop boasting the moniker Mother Earth Coffee.
Housed in a 2,000 square-foot space inside the newly renovated International apartment building at 3504 Gillham, there’s more to this shop than the ease of grab, sip, and dash.
Serving residents and businesses in the Hyde Park and surrounding neighborhoods, Mother Earth Coffee is a good fit for the area demographic, promoting a welcoming ambiance with a modern vibe.
Mother Earth Coffee provides just the right mix of serenity for one or hospitality for more. Polished concrete floors, wooden and steel accents, fireplace, and plenty of seating—even a community room awaits.
Beyond Direct Trade
At Mother Earth Coffee, the focus becomes sustainability. That means this shop is driven to eliminate all items going into a landfill.
Scott Presnell, director of Marketing for Mother Earth Coffee says, “We believe in recycling to ensure sustainability in our business practices. As a result, bins are situated inside the shop to recycle everything from glass to compost.
Further, the company works to establish strong relationships with small family farmers who produce a high quality product. Farmers are our partners. We purchase coffee crops directly from their farms at or above sustainable pricing. We are working with them to generate a sustainable livelihood for their families.”
A community recycling program is set to launch where residents can collect coffee grounds for flower beds, use burlap coffee bags for ground cover and will donate day-old bakery items to local charities.
Beckoning with aromatic blends, Mother Earth Coffee uses only fully-certified and organic processes for storage, handling, and roasting.
Featuring flavorful brewed coffee, cold or hot or espresso-based drinks from cappuccinos to lattes, Mother Earth Coffee’s menu also includes real-fruit smoothies, protein drinks, organic teas, chai, and fresh-baked pastries. Sandwiches and salads are also offered.
My take-away was simple, even the baristas seem delighted to fashion the perfect drink for patrons. In my book, when the help is happy, you have happy customers.
In the neighborhood…stop by and try a fruit smoothie—Flower Power or Sunshine.
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Kansas City writer, producer, and photostylist Gloria Gale is a sleuth when it comes to discovering interesting features for the media.
As a native she's compiled a burgeoning collection of editorial features on food, travel and lifestyle for national and local magazines, books, individuals, and corporate clients.
Most recently, Gloria profiled area restaurants as a columnist for 435 Magazine and was one of KCUR's Food Critics radio program.
Want to know where to find the best tastes in town? Contact Gloria: firstname.lastname@example.org