Caffeine can help your perceived effort and help decrease fatigue, so before your next trail adventure, down a cup or two of coffee. And while you’re at it, you might as well make it a local Kansas roasted coffee.
Photo by Kylie Brown of CreativeRush — CreativeRush.org
Five of our favorite Kansas coffee roasteries and nearby trails:
PT’s Coffee Roasting Co. in Topeka
On their website, you can get info on the individual farmers who provide the beans for the brew. Signature blends include John Brown and Cold Front – perfect for summer, the Cold Front blend is designed to serve cold and pour over ice.
PT’s at College Hill
1625 SW Washburn Ave
Topeka, Kansas 66604
PT’s at Crossroads
310 Southwest Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64108
Nearby trail: MacLennan Park near the Governor’s Mansion
Greenstone Coffee in Lawrence
The mission of Lawrence’s Greenstone Coffee is: “We strive to use socially responsible practices- protecting the natural integrity of the coffee from bean to your coffee cup. We hope you love our coffee and become excited about coffee and its potential all over again.”
Started in 2013 and focusing on roasting beans from small farmers, Greenstone Coffee can be found at local coffee shops, the Cottin’s Farmer’s Market and Hy-Vee.
Nearby trail: Baker Wetlands
Reverie Coffee Roasters in Wichita
Reverie in Wichita. Photo by Kylie Brown of CreativeRush — CreativeRush.org
Another newcomer to the Kansas coffee scene, opened in 2013, has classes on coffee as well as tastings in their hip retail and roasting space.
You can watch the beans being roasted on a Tuesday, and you can find out what farmer, even down to the plot of land, that grew the beans in your favorite brew.
2611 E Douglas Ave
Wichita, KS 67211
Nearby trail: Air Capital Memorial Park
Blacksmith Coffee in Lindsborg
Housed in a former blacksmith shop (hence their name) with the roaster on top of the original forge, they focus on making single origin and unique coffees. Fittingly, since they’re in Little Sweden, USA, one of their collections is the Swedish coffees, which includes their darkest coffee.
122 N Main St
Lindsborg, KS 67456
Nearby trail: Välkommen Trail
Radina’s Coffeehouse and Roastery in Manhattan
The tasty treats in the bakery cabinets may draw you in, but stay for the coffee.
On their blending philosophy: “At Radina’s our goal when blending is to create coffees that are more complex and interesting than when served as a single origin. Some of our blends use five different beans (more would be decadent, and perhaps redundant). In addition to beans from different regions we blend different degrees of roast to create an interesting, multi-dimensional cup of coffee.”
Aggieville, 616 North Manhattan Avenue
Manhattan, KS 66502
Drive-Thru, 2809 Claflin Road
Manhattan, KS 66502
Nearby trail: Manhattan river trail along the Blue and Kansas rivers
Yes, overall, these coffees are more expensive than Folgers or even Starbucks. But you get locally made products that are of better quality. It’s worth it, and remember, it’ll help you on the trail.